Causation and Foreseeability in Case v Pattison: Negligent Inspections Conducted by an Intervening Party do not Negate the Liability of a Preceding Tortfeasor

By: Zachary Sherman Introduction In the May 2023 decision of Case v. Pattison,[1] the Ontario Court of Appeal (“ the Court”) provided clarification on the foreseeability and causation analysis to be applied where an intervening party negligently performs their duty to inspect the work of a preceding tortfeasor. In conducting their analysis, the Court concluded … Continued

Falling off the Priority Ladder: ONCA Denies Attempt to Import Causation Requirement into s. 268(2) of the Insurance Act, and Clarifies the Difference Between “Incident” and “Accident”

by Michael A. Valdez Introduction The decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Ontario (Government and Consumer Services) v. Gore Mutual Insurance Company[1] stresses that there is no room for a causation analysis when interpreting the priority rules in s.268(2) of the Insurance Act. These priority rules are used to determine who is liable … Continued

The Ontario Court of Appeal Highlights Key Considerations in Bringing Jurisdictional Challenges: Breaking Down the Decision in Black & McDonald Limited v. Eiffage Innovative Canada Inc., 2023 ONCA 91

By: Grace Murdoch In this rapidly evolving age of globalization, interjurisdictional collaboration on projects has never been easier. By the same token, there has never been more potential for interjurisdictional disputes regarding those projects. When a court’s intervention becomes necessary, litigants must first solve the dilemma: which court? Three tests can be used to answer … Continued

Vitriol or Value? ONCA Provides Direction on Anti-SLAPP Analysis

By Landan Peleikis Introduction In Thorman v. McGraw,[1] the Ontario Court of Appeal clarified section 137.1(4)(b) of the Courts of Justice Act and further narrowed the class of public expression deemed worthy of protection under Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Background In December 2013, the respondent entered into an agreement with the appellants to renovate her bathroom. … Continued

SPECT Scans: Ontario Courts’ Grapple with a “Novel” Evidentiary Tool

By: Grace Murdoch Introduction In recent years, single-photon emission computerized tomography scans (otherwise known as “SPECT” scans) have been the subject of debate in Ontario’s court rooms when evaluating brain injury claims. Whether the conclusions resulting from such scans can be admitted into evidence and for what purpose are increasingly becoming important questions in personal … Continued

Limitation Periods where a Defendant is Undertaking Ameliorative Efforts – The Latest Word from the Ontario Court of Appeal

By Lujza Csanyi In Amelin Engineering Ltd. v Blower Engineering Inc.[1], the Ontario Court of Appeal clarified that although ameliorative efforts may toll a limitation period, the “modified objective test” under section 5(1)(b) of the Limitations Act, 2002[2] (the “Limitations Act”) continues to apply. Thus, even where a potential defendant is attempting to remedy a … Continued