October 04, 2016
By Randy Mitchell

Formal Offers of Settlement: Utilizing the Rules of Court to Encourage the Early Resolution of Claims

Settlement is an important consideration in litigation. When appropriate, settlement may reduce litigation costs while obtaining many goals of the litigants. Further, the Alberta Rules of Court are structured so plaintiffs and defendants may use reasonable offers of settlement to... read more
September 15, 2016
By Matthew Burgoyne

Attention Mortgage Syndicators: What’s missing in your documents?

I’ve had an opportunity over the last year to review mortgage syndication documentation for several clients, in situations where a registrant acts as an administrator for several investors who are participants in a syndicated loan. One problematic issue I encounter during my reviews is that buried amongst Subscription... read more
September 21, 2016
By Jamie Polley and Stephanie Whyte

Condominium Corporations vs. Homeowners Associations: How they differ

Many do not understand the differences between Condominium Corporations and Homeowners Associations. It is important to note that Homeowners Associations and Condominium Corporations are separate legal entities with separate rights, responsibilities and available remedies. Homeowners Associations are not restricted... read more
July 26, 2016
By Austin Paladeau

It's Not a Winning Lottery Ticket: Understanding Compensation in Negligence Claims

Austin Paladeau in our Personal Injury Law group, clarifies some of the common misconceptions about the compensation received by Plaintiffs in negligence claims in a recent article published by CanLII Connects. A common grumble heard from those outside the civil litigation bar is that people pursuing a... read more
July 21, 2016
By Simon Muller and Austin Paladeau

Jones v. Stepanenko - Personal Injury Case Sets the Tone for Valuing Chronic Pain Injuries 

Simon Muller and Austin Paladeau, in the Personal Injury Group of McLeod Law, represented the injured Plaintiff in the Jones v. Stepanenko, 2016 ABQB295 case. The decision affirms that severe, chronic injuries that continue to impact a plaintiff’s ability to work are not “minor injuries” as per... read more
July 04, 2016
By David Cumming

Insurance deductibles - What every condominium board needs to know

Insurance deductible chargebacks are often seen as a scourge for Condominium Corporations. The reason being that not only can they be a substantial expense, but also an unexpected one. If there is a clogged toilet or burst water pipe in one of the units, that could mean a hefty repair bill which is only partially covered... read more
June 17, 2016
By Michael Kwiatkowski

New Home Buyer Protection Act

It has been more than two years since the New Home Buyer Protection Act (the “NHBPA”) came into force and it has shown to have greatly benefitted new homebuyers throughout Alberta. The NHBPA applies to all new homes with building permits submitted from February 1, 2014 onward, when the Act came into effect. The NHBPA affords homeowners with expanded... read more
May 26, 2016
By Chris Jones

Employers Beware - Altering Employment Contracts and Constructive Dismissal Claims

The relationship between an employer and an employee will evolve over time. For example, the needs of a business may change, work schedules may be altered, or an employee may take on additional or modified responsibilities. However, it is critical to remember that the relationship between an employer and... read more
May 10, 2016
By Vik Mall

Civil Trial Preparation: Negotiating and Preparing an Agreed Book of Exhibits and Agreed List of Facts

This is the third article of a Civil Trial Preparation series addressing the topic of negotiating and preparing an Agreed Book of Exhibits and Agreed List of Facts for use at trial.   Modern day trials, whether in Provincial Court or the Court of Queen’s Bench, include an enormous... read more
October 06, 2016
By Matthew Burgoyne

Captive Dealers and Mortgage Investment Entities: Concerns and Safeguards

On November 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 31-343, Conflicts of Interest in Distributing Securities of Related or Connected Issuers (the CSA Notice). The CSA Notice introduces a definition for a subset of registered dealer, the “Captive Dealer” (a Captive Dealer... read more