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It is Your Contract: Arbitration Clauses and Appeal Rights

August 14, 2023 By Nick Melchiorre Arbitration agreements are often overlooked in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. Sure, the agreement may contain an arbitration clause, but frequently, they are added by the lawyers and given little, if any, scrutiny by the parties. THE ISSUE As with any provision in your commercial contract, the arbitration […]

Too Much to Ask Revisited

July 24, 2023 By Brian Babcock THE ISSUE There is a reason why most of our case comment articles feature cases from the Ontario Court of Appeal or even the Supreme Court of Canada. Decisions of the Superior Court of Justice, as much as they can be interesting and informative, are subject to being overturned […]

Should the mediator propose creative solutions?

January 20, 2023 By Brian Babcock There is no single simple answer to this FAQ. Mediation is rightly popular because in most disputes, the best result is one the parties agree to themselves. This applies especially to situations where the objective is about more than “who will pay how much?” But what happens if you […]

The Business Judgment Rule and Arbitration

November 15, 2022 By Brian Babcock THE ISSUE Courts do not generally have jurisdiction to decide upon matters of business judgment. This is referred to as non-justiciability. Because an arbitration clause creates “private law” between the parties, a clear and specific clause awarding jurisdiction to an arbitrator over matters of business judgment may be enforceable. […]

Non-Solicitation and Appealing from Arbitrations

November 15, 2022 By Brian Babcock THE ISSUE Unless a submission to arbitration provides otherwise, the Arbitration Act, 1991 only mandates a right to apply for leave to appeal on questions of law. The application of the law to facts is not a question of law. For leave to appeal to be granted, the issue […]

A Sticky Wicket about Cricket

May 30, 2022 By Brian Babcock An arbitrator’s award must include reasons which explain clearly how the decision was made. This principle was reviewed and reinforced in the Ontario Superior Court decision of Alberta Cricket Association v. Alberta Cricket Council. The case involved a dispute between two groups competing to be designated as the Provincial […]

Taking Arbitration Clauses Seriously

May 13, 2022 By Brian Babcock Until now, arbitration clauses in your commercial contract have likely been one of those “boilerplate” provisions tucked away deep into the document, drafted by a lawyer but largely ignored by the clients. If you have not been giving the arbitration clause serious thought until now, it is time to […]

Royalty Agreements – Arbitrate or Litigate?

November 13, 2021 By Brian Babcock Despite the complexity of mining royalty agreements, if they contain an arbitration clause, Ontario courts are likely to stay any court proceedings and defer to arbitration. This is consistent with the recent trend to defer commercial disputes to arbitration generally, if that is what the parties agreed to in […]

Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements

August 16, 2021 By Brian Babcock It may be that not all arbitration clauses in employment contracts are unenforceable. The Supreme Court of Canada decision in Uber Technologies v Heller has attracted a lot of attention for declaring that the particular arbitration clause in the Uber agreement was invalid because it was unconscionable. At a […]

Too Much to Ask

January 8, 2021 By Brian Babcock What happens when an arbitrator commits errors of law and a breach of natural justice which require a new hearing? Usually, a different arbitrator must be appointed. The principles of efficiency, cost-effectiveness and fairness to the parties must be balanced with the need to secure fair and equal treatment. Even […]