Full Indemnity Costs in Estate Litigation: Don’t Take it Personally

Emotion is a powerful driver of lawsuits. Estate litigation is especially prone to devolve into a forum for family infighting, with devastating consequences. In Holowaychuk v Lopushinsky, 2016 ABCA 102, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld an important decision regarding costs in such emotion-driven cases, allowing full indemnity costs against the unsuccessful litigant. The trial judgment, Lopushinsky … Read more

Wrongful Dismissals and Restrictive Covenants: The Cross Roads of Theory and Practice

Employers sometimes require their employees to sign restrictive covenants, prohibiting competition or solicitation of clients after the termination of employment. Such restraints can make it difficult for employees to secure alternative work. The question often arises: How do restrictive covenants affect an employee’s entitlement to notice of termination? Recent case law from Alberta and Ontario … Read more

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