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Class Action Updates

February 9, 2024

A proposed settlement has been reached with the Tetra Tech Defendants. A settlement approval hearing has been set in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice…

December 19, 2023

A settlement of the proposed class action has been reached. By entering into this settlement the Defendants have not admitted liability – the settlement is…

October 16, 2023

Claims Process and Deadline Settlements have been reached with all defendants in the following actions: Alternators Body Sealing Parts Fuel Injection Systems Heater Control Panels…


Aviation Law – Notable Cases

Our firm has been counsel in the following cases:

The firm successfully represented two passengers injured in the crash of a Beaver float plane into Green Lake at Whistler, BC.  The judgment at trial included a significant award for loss of earning capacity arising from mental injuries sustained in the accident.

The firm successfully argued that a manufacturer of aircraft fuel pumps was required to produce documents pertaining to the history of fuel leakage in pumps sharing a common design as the fuel pump in issue in the case.

The firm represented the pilot killed in the crash of a Robinson R22 helicopter and successfully argued that an investigator from the Transportation Safety Board be compelled to testify at trial regarding various tests which were conducted by the TSB on the helicopter’s electrical system following the accident.

This case was brought on behalf of a passenger of a commercial Beaver flight which crashed. The action went to the Supreme Court of Canada and is one of the leading authorities in the area of aviation insurance law.

This case arises out of the crash of a Sikorsky S-58T in which two pilots and a maintenance engineer suffered serious personal injury. The court found that a manufacturing defect was 50% responsible for the crash. Again, this case has been cited as one of the leading authorities on product liability in aviation context.

The firm represented pilots injured in the crash of a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter and successfully argued at the Court of Appeal that Sikorsky’s comments on a draft Canadian Transportation Safety Board (“TSB”) report were not privileged under the TSB Act when those comments had been provided to the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

This case arose out of the fatal crash of a commuter flight from Nanaimo Cassidy Airport to Vancouver International Airport. The decision in this case is one of the leading Canadian authorities on the question of success of carriage under the Warsaw Convention.

The firm successfully represented the estate of a university student killed in a helicopter crash in Nunavut.  At the trial level, the firm successfully argued that under the Nunavut Trustee Act, claims for loss of earning capacity survive death so as to allow the estate to recover damages for prospective loss of earning capacity.  The decision was upheld by the Nunavut Court of Appeal in one of the first civil appeals heard by that Court and established the law on this issue in both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

  • Rogers v. Air BC

This case pertained to a passenger who met his death while exiting an Air B.C. floatplane. The matter was favourably concluded both at the trial and at the Court of Appeal level.

*References to successful case results where the lawyers at CFM Lawyers have acted for clients are not necessarily indicative of future results. The outcome of every legal proceeding will vary according to the facts in each individual case.