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The Alberta Court of Appeal recently released two insurance coverage decisions analyzing:

  • What facts would trigger the insurer’s duty to defend; and
  • Whether a policy covered property damage that resulted from a contractor’s faulty workmanship.

In both cases, the three-justice panel decided against the insurer.

The Duty to Defend

In Intact Insurance Company v ...

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In Atlantic Lottery Corp. v. Babstock, 2020 SCC 19 (Babstock), released July 24, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously confirmed that “waiver of tort” is not an independent cause of action for disgorgement. To make out a claim for disgorgement, a gain-based remedy, a claimant must first establish actionable misconduct. Further, according to the ...

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In a decision released on June 26, 2020, Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller 2020 SCC 16, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) found invalid the arbitration clause in Uber’s standard form service agreement with its drivers in Canada, requiring that they arbitrate their disputes in the Netherlands. This decision paves the way for Uber’s drivers to proceed with a ...

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On September 1, 2020, a new Arbitration Act, S.B.C. 2020, c. 2, (the "New Act") will come into force in B.C., which will repeal and replace the current Arbitration Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 55 (the “Current Act”).  The New Act will apply to arbitral proceedings commenced on or after the date it comes into force.

This is the first major overhaul since the Commercial ...

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