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The Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review 2nd Edition - Canada Chapter

January-28-2020

Lawyer Jesse-Ross Cohen, Alan Mark
Area Litigation

Summary

Alan Mark and Jesse-Ross Cohen authored the Canada Chapter of the The Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review 2nd Edition.

Exerpt from the Canada Chapter:

As a forum, Canada is well-suited to the adjudication of complex commercial disputes. Parties are generally free to bring contract claims as they see fit, with frivolous suits discouraged by a costs regime which typically requires the losing party to pay a certain percentage of legal fees to the winning party.

Canadian law is subject to a distribution of legislative powers and responsibilities between the two main levels of government: federal and provincial. Contract law, as a matter of civil rights, is under provincial jurisdiction. There are ten Canadian provinces, each with its own court system and jurisprudential history. Although there are some differences between them, the laws of each province are informed by British common law, and generally the applicable principles align (with the exception of Quebec, a civil law jurisdiction that is not the subject of this chapter). Decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada are binding on all lower courts, further adding to the consistency of the Canadian scheme.

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