May 18, 2022

Veronica Medved

Punitive damages in the context of a home insurance claim following a residential fire

Punitive damages in the context of a home insurance claim following a residential fire

Case comment on Lambright v. Sonnet Insurance Company, 2022 BCSC 709 In Lambright, Justice Milman considered an award for punitive damages in the context of a home insurance claim following a residential fire. This case highlights the nature of the duty of good faith that insurance companies must fulfill as…

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May 3, 2022

Murphy Battista

Cycle for Sight West Coast is back as a live event!

Cycle for Sight West Coast is back as a live event!

We’re thrilled to announce that Murphy Battista LLP will once again be supporting Cycle for Sight West Coast, a fundraising initiative for Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC), the country’s leading nonprofit advocate of sight-saving research.   Each year, Cycle for Sight raises funds to contribute to the fight against blindness. With events…

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March 1, 2022

Murphy Battista

Update on Fake Nurse at BC Women’s Hospital

Over the past few months, we have spoken with hundreds of women who were patients at B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre (BC Women’s) during the period June 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021 when an unlicensed and unqualified nurse impersonator, Brigitte Cleroux (“Cleroux”) improperly became involved in patient care.…

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Class Actions, Cleroux

February 9, 2022

Murphy Battista

Considerations for Lawyers Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence

Considerations for Lawyers Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence

Janelle O’Connor wrote the article, “Considerations for Lawyers Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence,”  that was recently published in the CBABC Women Lawyers Forum, Winter 2022 newsletter. Read the article (page 6): Here.

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November 2, 2021

Janelle O’Connor

Government Liability for Sexual Abuse by Foster Parents

Government Liability for Sexual Abuse by Foster Parents

Cases involving physical and sexual abuse of children by their foster parents is a devastating reality that I am often exposed to in my law practice. The foster care system is meant to protect vulnerable children from abuse and neglect, yet in some cases it does the opposite – exposing…

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October 21, 2021

Janelle O’Connor

Civil vs. Criminal Proceedings for Sexual Assault

Civil vs. Criminal Proceedings for Sexual Assault

I am a civil sexual assault lawyer and routinely receive phone calls from sexual assault survivors who are confused about the interplay between the civil and criminal processes for their sexual assault claims. The decision on whether to pursue a civil claim, a criminal proceeding, or both – and the…

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October 18, 2021

Andrew Brine

When Worlds Collide: Medical Malpractice Can Lead to Denied Critical Illness Insurance Claims

When Worlds Collide: Medical Malpractice Can Lead to Denied Critical Illness Insurance Claims

The purpose of critical illness insurance Critical illness insurance provides peace of mind coverage for someone diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Typical conditions covered by critical illness policies include cancer, heart attack, and stroke, but can also include other conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or even blindness. Insurance company…

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October 7, 2021

Kevin Gourlay

Homeowner’s Insurance – Did You Get What You Paid For?

Homeowner’s Insurance – Did You Get What You Paid For?

Most homeowners know that they need insurance to protect their most important asset – their home. However, most don’t know all the ins-and-outs of insurance. They rely on their insurance broker to help them with the process. This includes determining what kind of coverage they need and what potential gaps…

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September 29, 2021

Murphy Battista

All Murphy Battista offices will be closed on September 30th to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

All Murphy Battista offices will be closed on September 30th to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

We acknowledge the importance of understanding the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and we honor those who were lost, the survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve and work towards healing. We thank the people who bravely told their stories to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission…

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Firm News

August 25, 2021

Murphy Battista

Using Constitutional Class Actions to Address Racial Discrimination

Elizabeth Emery’s paper, “A Wrench in the Social Justice Toolbox: Assessing the Constitutional Class Action as a Tool for Addressing Racial Discrimination,” was recently published in the Canadian Class Action Review, Volume 17, Issue 1. In this paper, Elizabeth provides an overview of racial profiling by police as a form…

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Class Actions

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