Nancy Murray, QC, named Best Lawyers® 2017 Halifax Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Congratulations to Nancy Murray! C3 Legal is delighted to announce that Nancy has been named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Halifax Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Nancy has also been selected by her peers in the legal community for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada© for Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Law. C3 Legal is extremely proud to have Nancy as a member of our team, and pleased to see her expe...
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Nancy Murray, Q.C., named Best Lawyers ® 2016 Halifax Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”

Congratulations to Nancy Murray! C3 Legal is pleased to announce that Nancy Murray has been named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Halifax Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”. Nancy has also been selected by her peers in the legal community for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada© for Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Law. We are proud to have Nancy as a member of the C3 Legal team and delighted to se...
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Nova Scotia’s new Limitation of Actions Act becomes effective September 1

Nova Scotia’s new Limitation of Actions Act has been awaiting Proclamation since it received Royal Assent on November 20, 2014. The Government of Nova Scotia announced this week that the new Act will be proclaimed and come into effect on September 1, 2015. This will significantly change the civil litigation landscape in this province. A limitation period is the period of time between the date of a person’s injury, loss, or damage and the date after which he or she can no longer bring a claim....
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Litigation Privilege: “Do we really have to show them that?”

Hatch Ltd. v Factory Mutual Insurance Company, 2015 NSCA 60 A necessary part of the civil litigation process is the exchange of documents between parties, which normally occurs after all pleadings are filed. Privileged documents do not have to be produced. Privilege falls into two general categories—solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege. Solicitor-client privilege is communication between clients and their lawyers for the purpose of obtaining legal advice. Solicitor-client pr...
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Take It To The Limit

The Nova Scotia Bar is anticipating proclamation of amendments to the Limitation of Actions Act, contained in Bill 64, although a date has not been announced and there are currently some further amendments to the final wording under contemplation. The main reform will be the implementation a basic two-year limitation period from the discovery of the cause of action with a 15-year ultimate cutoff from the time the incident occurred (with some exceptions, e.g. sexual abuse, aboriginal equitable...
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Does the front end know what the back end’s doing?

You probably won’t hear a lot of insurance defence lawyers saying this, but we have a lot in common with farmers. We tend to reap what we sow. We don’t do it for the glamour. And you might say that we get to see the back end of a lot of claims, as well as the “products of digestion” through the judicial system. Many times, we see files where unfortunate policy wordings, indifferent investigation, or stubborn resistance to obvious truths, have derailed the makings of a good defenc...
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Hold That Claim

The Small Claims Court of Nova Scotia recently had reason to consider the new s. 138A of the Insurance Act, which came in force on April 1, 2013. That section allows for direct compensation from an insured’s own insurer for property damage in a no-fault manner. In the case of MacCallum v. Gamache, the adjudicator held that the Claimant, who had sustained damage to her vehicle in a minor collision and who did not have collision insurance, could not simply pursue the Defendant but had to follo...
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Unexpected Things Learned From Dragons’ Den: Waivers Are Real

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the appeal of a Montreal lawyer and his board game company. They had made an unsuccessful pitch on the CBC’s hit show, “Dragons’ Den”, and the video footage had been narrated in a manner that the plaintiff alleged was “gross and reckless negligence, intentional misconduct, malice, and bad faith.” Prior to the dismissal of the application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appealin MHR Board Game Desi...
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More Than Just Snow Falling

Although it’s only the beginning of January, Nova Scotia has seen the whole spectrum of winter weather – snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain, and ice – a whole lot of ice. With ice (and even hard-packed snow) comes slip and falls. After one particularly bad patch of icy weather in December, the emergency rooms within the Halifax Regional Municipality reported 93 cases of slip and fall injuries (source: “Sidewalk of Shame” by Tim Bousquet atwww.thecoast.ca) Regardless of footwear, there’s always ...
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