Archive for the ‘Commercial Litigation’ Category

Insurance Law: Material Non-Disclosure Results in No Coverage

By Jeremy Burgess
It is not an usual story: an insurance applicant does not make full and frank disclosure in their insurance application.

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Insurance Deductibles: Without Proper Notice, They Aren’t Payable

By Jeremy Burgess
It is no secret that insurers are motivated to find ways to deny part or all of a claim.

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Pre-incorporated Companies and Privity of Contract

By Jeremy Burgess
Privty of contract is the notion that only parties to a contract may receive the benefits of or may be called upon to perform the obligations of a contract.

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Co-Ownership of Real Property: Sort It Out or Risk Having It Sold

By Jeremy Burgess
There are innumerable reasons that parties may find themselves co-owning real property with friends, family or business partners and just as many reasons why that co-ownership relationship may turn sour.

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Extras, Delays and Completion Dates in Construction Disputes

By Jeremy Burgess
In even the most well-thought out construction contracts, there is almost always the need for parties to deviate in some way from the timelines and scope of work.

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Breach of Contract and Repudiation: Affirm or Accept the Repudiation, Not Both

By Jeremy Burgess
One of the more difficult issues in contractual disputes is sorting out what rights and obligations continue to exist when a party to a contract breaches the terms of the contract.

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Discharging a Builders’ Lien on Posting of Security: How Much is Enough?

By Jeremy Burgess
When a builders’ lien is filed, it can cause all manner of disruptions to financial, contractual and business relations

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Builders Liens: The Consequences of Less than Strict Compliance

By Jeremy Burgess
In my previous article, Builders Liens: Strict Compliance or Lose Your Lien, I explored how a family company lost its lien rights by making the mistake of pursuing its lien in the name of its principal rather than the company.

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Meeting of the Minds – When A Contract Is Or Is Not Formed

By Jeremy Burgess
In a number of previous articles, I have explored some of the difficulties encountered where parties fail to properly set out the contractual terms that dictate the rights and responsibilities between them.

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Property, Parties, Price – How Far the Court Will Go to Insert the 3 P’s of Real Estate into a Contract

By Jeremy Burgess
The Statute of Frauds and Canadian jurisprudence require that for any contract of real property to be enforceable, it must contain an agreement with respect to three essential elements knowns as the 3 P’s: parties, property and price.

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Promissory Notes and Settlement Agreements – Commit Agreements to Writing

By Jeremy Burgess
Often times parties will turn to friends, family, acquaintances or business relations to seek funds to borrow rather than a bank or other lending institution.

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The Importance of Spelling Out What Is or Isn’t in a Contract

By Jeremy Burgess
One of the most frequent mistakes people make in entering contracts is in making incorrect assumptions about what is or is not included in a contract.

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Enforcing a Settlement Agreement: Naming the Right Parties

By Jeremy Burgess
As discussed in a previous article, settlement agreements are effectively contracts which can be enforced through legal action and replace whatever legal, contractual or equitable rights were involved in the fight that preceded settlement.

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Contractual Terms by Convention: When Parties Fail to Explicitly Set Contractual Terms

By Jeremy Burgess
One of the frequent issues encountered in contractual litigation is parties failing to negotiate and set to writing the contractual obligations that exist between them.

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What One Has Earned – Courts Impose Compensation Where Parties Fail to Solidify a Contract

By Jeremy Burgess
Often times, parties will get to the edge of entering into contractual relations, but miss the steps required to form a contractual agreement.

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Public Bidding, Exclusion Clauses and Public Policy Concerns: Contracting Out of Liability for a Flawed Bidding Process

By Jeremy Burgess
As discussed in my previous article, Invitations to Tender: Why it is Important Both Bidders and Solicitors to Follow Proper Process, the solicitation of bids for public projects must follow a fair and transparent process.

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Plastic Bag Bans

By Jeremy Burgess
In recent years, several communities all over the world have sought to means by which to reduce the accumulation of plastic in our natural environment.

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Limitation Periods for Demand Mortgages

By Eric Ledding
The BC Court of Appeal has pronounced a new decision which lenders in BC and their lawyers will want to be aware of.

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Fiduciary Duties to a Corporation: Will the Court Extend the Duty to Third Parties?

By Jeremy Burgess
A fiduciary relationship is a relationship in which one party places distinct trust, confidence and dependence on another.

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Invitations to Tender: Why it is Important Both Bidders and Solicitors to Follow Proper Process

By Jeremy Burgess
Government and non-government actors that solicit bids for contractors for management or construction projects must follow a fair and transparent process for doing so.

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When a Party Breaches a Settlement Agreement: Being Made Whole

By Jeremy Burgess
Settlement agreements that conclude litigation are often reached once the parties have gotten to a point of a loss of faith in one another or a complete breakdown in whatever relationship they may have enjoyed pre-litigation.

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The Risks of Complaining on Social Media: When Airing Grievances Attracts Damages

By Jeremy Burgess
The intersection of defamation and social media remains a minefield and social media users are well-advised to treat social media posts no differently from any other form of publication.

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When Liability Waivers Are Upheld

By Jeremy Burgess
In the recent decision of Alton v Lower Mainland Motocross Club, the court ultimately determined to uphold a liability waiver and the decision reiterates the law applying to liability waivers.

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Piercing the Corporate Veil in Construction: When Work is So Bad it Amounts to Fraud

By Jeremy Burgess
It can be frustrating for homeowners dealing with inadequate contractors that the controlling mind/primary owner of the company can hide behind their corporation to avoid personal liability.

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Posting Security to Discharge a Builders Lien

By Jeremy Burgess
A builders lien can be an effective, powerful and inexpensive tool for helping unpaid contractors, subcontractors, suppliers receive payment for their materials and services.

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Negligent Construction and Winnipeg Condo

By Jeremy Burgess
As I’ve previously written, the “Winnipeg Condo” decision is an authority by which a party may seek to recover against negligent builders and contractors.

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If You’re Going to Build, Do it Right: Subsequent Owners’ Right to Sue a Builder and/or Former Owners

By Jeremy Burgess
Building your own home can be a challenging, but rewarding experience. Many property owners will choose to oversee or complete the construction of their home.

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Real Property, Legal Title, Equitable Title and the Torrens System: Presumptions as to Ownership

By Jeremy Burgess
Real property ownership in British Columbia is governed by a modified Torrens system for title registration.

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Contractual Interest vs. the Interest Act

By Jeremy Burgess
Contractual interest can represent a significant component of the value of a contract for the party entitled to interest, a significant part of the costs of a contract to the party paying interest and a significant deterrent to a would be breaching party.

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Property Disclosure Statements: Buyer Beware (Still)

By Jeremy Burgess
In virtually all standard contracts of purchase and sale, the parties agree that the vendor will provide a property disclosure statement (“PDS”) and that the representations made in the PDS will survive the completion of the contract.

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Dealing with Land? Write it Down

By Jeremy Burgess
In British Columbia s. 59 of the Law and Equity Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 253 (the “Act”) essentially requires that contracts dealing with

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Losing Your Right to Recover: The Risks of Firing a Contractor for Deficient Work

By Jeremy Burgess
In the case of Jozsa v. Charlwood-Sebazco, 2016 BCSC 78 (CanLII) the Plaintiff, Mr. Jozsa, was a very experienced landscape designer hired by Ms. Sebazco to complete landscaping at her home.

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When Municipal Building Inspections are not Enough

By Jeremy Burgess
Too often, people mistakenly assume that because the home or renovations are done in accordance with architectural plans and within the requirements of the applicable municipality or district, that the home or renovations are sound.

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YouTube, Trademarks, Copyrights and the Potential Fall of Fine Brothers Entertainment

By Jeremy Burgess
If you are entwined in the world of new media or have just found yourself on YouTube or social networks lately, you may have noticed a number of sarcastic comments or videos.

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When Business Relationships Change, Temptations and Tensions Rise

By Jeremy Burgess
Small corporations, where two or three family members and/or friends incorporate a company and go into business together, are the bread and butter of our community’s vibrant and diverse business community.

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Patent vs. Latent Defects and Caveat Emptor

By Jeremy Burgess
The local housing market appears to be on the rise. While this is a good sign of our recovering economy, it is also an appropriate time for purchasers to remind themselves of some of the risks and their legal rights when purchasing a home. The maxim, “buyer beware” (or caveat emptor), applies to purchasing a […]

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A Refinement Of The Shimco Lien

By Pushor Mitchell LLP
In 2002 the court’s decision in Shimco Metal Erectors Ltd., 2002 BCSC 238 and 2003 BCCA 193 caught both the construction industry and the legal community by surprise.  Prior to Shimco it was commonly held that the only way to maintain a claim of lien was through the normal process of filing in the appropriate Land Title Office the standardized claim of lien form prescribed by the Builders Lien Act against title to the property [...]

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The Credit Application Says Interest On Overdue Accounts Is 2% Per Month..Why Can I Can Only Collect 5% A Year?

By Pushor Mitchell LLP
Clients often come to us with a credit application and want to know why they cannot collect interest at the rate specified in their contract.  The contract explicitly states a monthly interest rate, so what is the problem?

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