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September 2014 Archives

Breach of contract and commercial dispute information

Operating a business in Canada can raise a variety of legal concerns based on relationships with other businesses or with those employed by the company. Commercial disputes can be frustrating, but having reliable legal counsel can help in addressing such issues. Since no case is exactly like another, it is important to approach each according to the unique needs of your business.

Fracking case may go to the Supreme Court

After losing an appeal, a property owner in northeast Calgary plans to take her lawsuit against an Alberta energy regulator to the Supreme Court. On Sept. 15, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld a previous ruling by an Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judge who said that the woman could not sue Encana. The initial court ruling last fall found that the company was immune from civil claims.

Calgary cab companies sue another over ads

Two Calgary taxi companies have joined forces to bring a lawsuit against a competitor that they allege has been using deceptive advertising to poach their customers. The competitor was founded in 2014 by a man who had previously worked as a driver for one of the plaintiffs, and he denies the accusations while maintaining that the two established companies are teaming up to make the market less competitive.

Employment contracts are not always enforceable

Alberta employers and employees may be surprised to learn that some employment contracts are unenforceable. An example would be a contract signed after both parties agree to engage in an employer-employee relationship. New employees are often required to sign contracts, such as a non-compete agreement, on their first day at work, which changes the agreed upon terms of employment. Unless an attempted change offers consideration for the employee, it may not be enforceable.

CBE faces opposition in building project

According to a recent report, a Alberta new school that would cater to special-needs children has faced legal opposition. The facility would care for an estimated 120 secondary-age students who have been diagnosed with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities. The project would cost approximately $24 million and would be built on land in the northwest area of Varsity.

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