We may be into the lazy days of midsummer, but the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has been busy, releasing a number of important decisions in the areas of insurance, contract, labour & employment, constitutional, property, evidence and administrative law.
Since our last SCC Monitor post, the SCC has released the following judgments of interest:… Continue Reading
Vale Canada Ltd. (formerly Inco Ltd.) was vindicated in a high-profile appeal that clarifies the law of environmental torts. In Smith v. Inco Ltd., (formerly Pearson v. Inco Ltd.), the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a trial decision awarding $36 million to residents of Port Colborne who had alleged that Vale’s refinery diminished their property values. The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge erred in finding Vale liable in private nuisance and strict liability. In a rare move, the Court of Appeal also found that the plaintiffs had failed to prove any damages. Dissatisfied with this decisive … Continue Reading