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Good afternoon.

Following are this week’s summaries of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

In Armstrong v. Royal Victoria Hospital, the plaintiff was seriously injured during a colectomy surgery. The trial judge found the doctor who completed the surgery negligently caused the plaintiff’s injuries. The doctor appealed this liability finding, arguing that the trial judge erred by (i) establishing a standard of perfection; and (ii) conflating the causation and standard of care analysis.
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Good evening.

Following are this week’s summaries of the civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

The court summarized the law on the doctrine of frustration in the context of the failure close the purchase of a residential property under an agreement of purchase and sale of land in Perkins v Sheikhtavi. The appellants bought at the height of the real estate market just before the government tightened the mortgage lending rules in April 2017, following which prices precipitously dropped 20-30%. They could not sell their home or get mortgage financing and therefore could not close. They claimed the government policy change was a supervening event that would make “performance of the contract become a ‘thing radically different from that which was undertaken by the contract’”. The court did not accept this argument. The defendant was found liable for almost $600,000 for the purchase price of a house they never purchased!! One cringes at the thought of what would happen if the market eventually turned into a prolonged and deep slump.

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Good Afternoon,

Please find our summaries of the civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario for the past week. Topics covered included wrongful dismissal, custody/relocation, equalization of net family property, charging orders under the Solicitors Act, rental vehicle insurance coverage.

Continue Reading COURT OF APPEAL SUMMARIES (NOVEMBER 18 – NOVEMBER 22, 2019)