Do BC Courts have Jurisdiction over Online Companies?

By Andrew Crabtree The Google decision creates an important precedent for BC courts to take jurisdiction over matters involving businesses, and especially internet-based businesses, that do not have an established, physical presence in BC. This decision means that businesses which did not think they would be subject to BC laws could very well find themselves ...

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Court dismisses attempt by former CEO to disqualify corporation’s law firm

By Andrew Crabtree Corporate counsel and companies ought to be aware of a recent decision from the BC Supreme Court which demonstrates the risk to a company in having its legal counsel disqualified due to a conflict of interest when it terminates an employee who had authority to provide instructions to legal counsel. As a ...

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Supreme Court of Canada Expands Duty of Good Faith

By Andrew Crabtree Parties to an agreement are now required to “honestly and reasonably perform their contractual obligations”. The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Bhasin v. Hrynew, released on Thursday, recognizes a new duty of good faith which will impact all commercial agreements. While the courts have previously recognized duties ...

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