Insurance Coverage and Defense
- Defense against a claim following a fire in an apartment building on the argument that that the policy was voided ab initio after a mechanical workshop had been found in the building, revealing an undeclared commercial activity. Proving the knowledge of the risk by the insured was difficult as he was not a resident of the building and claimed to be unaware of the activity of one of the tenants.
- Policy voided ab initio because of the insured’s links to criminal activities and organized crime.
- Application to compel the insurer to provide a defense (Wellington) — Denial of the application because of the absence of "material damage" and "occurrence", as defined in CGL’s insurance policy.
- Builder’s risk insurance in construction matters — Case having required a three-day hearing on the foreseeability of damages. The Court applied the exclusion clause for faulty workmanship.
- Arson in a grocery store causing $1.4 million in damages — The Court ruled that a serious, precise and concordant presumption led to the conclusion that the insured was involved in the arson. The evidence highlighted several technical and expert elements on the alarm system, surveillance cameras and the substantial quantity of fire accelerants, as well as the unique occasion (motive) and financial gain in collecting an insurance indemnity.
- Fraudulent Insurance claims — Numerous fraud insurance cases such as simulated accidents and thefts and exaggerated claims.
- Represented an engineer with respect to a claim made by our client’s co-defendant for contribution of $1.9 million. The claim was denied for lack of causation and absence of fault: the co-defendant did not have legal standing to sue another professional having worked on the project since there was no legal relationship between the parties.
- Alleged error in lot description in a condominium development project. The plaintiff alleged that the notary had failed to use reasonable care in performing his task, thereby causing the promoter to lose a business opportunity.
- Dessercom inc. c. Dubreuil, 2010 QCCS 5383 (CanLII) -.Contestation of document authenticity — A defendant claimed that the notary had failed to properly express the parties’ intent when drafting the warranty clause in the contract for sale of a building..
- Alleged undue influence and incapacity of testator. Gilbert proved that these allegations were unfounded: the Court confirmed the validity of the notarial will.
- Summary rejection of a claim because of prescription — The plaintiff was seeking to thwart the prescription by amending his original claim to add a co-defendant and raising the co-defendants’ in solidum liability. The Court denied the amendment for cause of prescription.
Product liability — Case raising the duty to inform and resting on expert evidence on the standard of care in the installation of oil production equipment.
Subrogation in condo towers water infiltration due to flawed design and latent defects. 300 co-owners against all COC defendants. Settled after 2 day mediation, 55 parties total. Estimated trial length: 3 months
Risk management on coverage & liability exposure re-assessment in the context of a 1G commercial arbitration dealing with job site change of conditions, overrun costs, LDs, costs of rework, flawed design, etc. to overall assess coverage and assist in monitoring and bringing claim to final closure;
Latent Defect 120M COC claim for a large housing project in Kativik Northern Québec: ±3000 units allegedly affected by construction deficiencies, refurbished for the Québec inuit community in 12 villages located in Kativik, multi-party suit involving ± 30 parties;
Host-Liquor, Bar/host programs: several cases involving arson, fraud, misrepresentation on material facts at policy inception, risk aggravation and ab inito nullity of policies.