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April 23, 2019

Supreme Court of Canada Denies Leave to Appeal in the Latest Dry Cleaner Contamination Case

On April 11, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada denied the dry cleaner’s application for leave to appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Huang v Fraser Hillary’s Ltd.

Huang confirms that Ontario courts are inclined to measure and assess damages in contaminated land lawsuits based on the cost to remediate contamination and that the statutory cause of action in Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”), s. 99(2) is alive-and-well.  Huang is the latest decision in what we expect will be an increasing number of claims brought pursuant to EPA, s. 99(2).

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