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Who Bears the Cost for Pyrrhotite? The State of Construction and Insurance Law in Quebec

June 3, 2021 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Please note that this webcast will take place in French and in English.

In 2020, while our attention was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quebec Court of Appeal rendered two important judgments with significant consequences upon both construction and insurance law in this province.

In the context of the mega file relating to pyrrhotite (a mineral with disastrous effects on the quality of concrete used in Quebec), the Court of Appeal made several determinations relating to the respective liability of the various parties involved in construction projects in which defective concrete was used. It also addressed important issues relating to insurance coverage in respect of the faulty parties’ liability. Some insurers then sought further relief, giving rise to an additional Superior Court decision in late 2020.

In this presentation, we will provide an overview of certain key components of these court rulings to help those in the construction and insurance industries understand the impact of the decisions on their respective rights and obligations.



Thursday, June 3, 2021

1 – 2 p.m. (EDT) 

Mandatory Continuing Education

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a confirmation of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.
This program contains 1 hour of Substantive content.
British Columbia
This program has been accredited for 1 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia.