Standard of review for interpretation of standard form contracts was correctness

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Standard of review for interpretation of standard form contracts was correctness

Window cleaners improperly cleaning building windows, causing scratches and necessitating replacement of windows. Building owner and general contract entitled to claim cost of replacing windows against builders’ risk insurance policy. Trial judge finding insurers liable, determining that exclusion clause for “cost of making good faulty workmanship” applied against insurers. Court of Appeal reversing trial judge’s decision. Standard of review applicable to interpretation of standard form contracts was correctness.
Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co. (Sep. 15, 2016, S.C.C., McLachlin C.J.C., Abella J., Cromwell J., Moldaver J., Karakatsanis J., Wagner J., Gascon J., Côté J., and Brown J., 36452) Decision at 251 A.C.W.S. (3d) 490 was reversed. 269 A.C.W.S. (3d) 753.


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