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Promissory notes: who are you promising to pay?

November 24 2014 Promissory notes are often issued in the course of business arrangements and financial transactions to record indebtedness and financial obligations…

Is “one dollar” sufficient for a patent assignment?

January 6 2015 You may have read the recitals or introductory clauses in a license or an assignment agreement. In most cases, these clauses are just skimmed, if…

Software licenses and indemnities: what obligations are you taking on?

June 5 2013 License agreements often contain indemnities. An indemnity is a contractual obligation to step in and reimburse some financial obligation such as a…

Business owners: what happens to your closely-held shares on divorce?

March 18 2013 As an owner of a closely-held private business you likely hold voting shares in your corporation. These shares allow you to exercise some control…

Norwich orders: you can't be anonymous on the internet after all

June 5 2013 It's hard to start a lawsuit when you don't know who you're suing. What can potential claimants do when they have been wronged but lack the essential…

Insurance Issues : Aviva v Wawanesa

December 23 2018 An Ontario Court sets out the factors for determining who the “lessee” of a rented/leased vehicle is for the purposes of determining the priority of…

Insurance Issues: Dion v Security National Insurance Company

December 23 2018 A claim for diminished value of a vehicle repaired after an accident is not covered under Section C of the Alberta Standard Auto…

Liability Issues : Williams v Richard

December 23 2018 Social hosts were denied summary dismissal after a drunken guest got into an accident, injuring the plaintiff, after the guest had first made it home…

Emerging Technology Issues : Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants

December 23 2018 Employers can be vicariously liable at common law for the actions of a rogue employee who brings about an unauthorized cyber data breach, even where…

Quantum/damages issues :Layes v. Stevens

December 23 2018 A $200,000 loss of future income earning capacity award to a 25 year old student able to continue working full time was upheld where she had no…