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Cities’ and towns’ liability in cases of water main breaks: presumption of fault and financial capacity

What is the standard to which a municipality can be held in the maintenance of its infrastructures? Are budget considerations relevant in the appreciation of its conduct?

Such were the questions raised before the Quebec Court of Appeal in Montréal (Ville de) c. Compagnie d’assurances Coseco, a recent case that raised the impact of article 1465 of the Civil Code of Quebec.

Marc-André McCann explains the background and reasons of this decision (PDF).

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On December 20, 2022, in Dang c. Industrielle-Alliance, assurance auto et habitation inc., 2022 QCCA 1739, the Court of Appeal maintained the Superior Court judgment which was the topic of our bulletin of June 17, 2021 (Homeowner Insurance Policy: The Importance of Living in the Insured Dwelling). The Superior Court Decision Appellant was the sole […]

Assumption of Risks in Sports: Two Recent Superior Court Decisions

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Overview of the New Provisions of the Act Respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector — What are the Implications for Employers?

The Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, SQ 2021, c. 25, amending the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector, CQLR c P-39.1 [Act], among others, was proclaimed in force on September 22, 2021. Several provisions came into force on September 22, 2022. The bulk […]

Year-end portrait 2022 — Insurance Law

Profile of Rachel Clément Rachel Clément is a partner, and co-chair of our Insurance Law Group. In addition to conducting her practice and ensuring the group’s leadership, she plays a key role in managing our client relationships, especially with major clients in Quebec and Ontario as well as in London. An active member of the […]

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