Summaries Sunday: Maritime Law Book

Summaries of selected recent cases are provided each week to Slaw by Maritime Law Book. Every Sunday we present a precis of the latest summaries, a fuller version of which can be found on MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries at

This week’s summaries concern:
Warrantless search and seizure / Class actions and standing :

R. v. MacDonald (E.) 2014 SCC 3
Civil Rights – Property – Search and seizure – Warrantless search and seizure – Exigent circumstance
Police responded to a complaint of loud music coming from MacDonald’s condominium unit in Halifax. An officer tried to get MacDonald to answer his door by knocking on it and kicking it. He shouted that he was from the Halifax Regional Police. MacDonald opened the door about 16 inches. The officer noticed something “black and shiny” in MacDonald’s right hand that was partially hidden by . . .

Dell’Aniello v. Vivendi Canada Inc.
Practice – Persons who can sue and be sued – Individuals and corporations – Status or standing – Class or representative actions – General principles
Vivendi Canada Inc. made a unilateral amendment to the health insurance plan of which it was the sponsor for its retired employees and their surviving spouses. Dell’Aniello moved for authorization to institute a class action, on behalf of all the beneficiaries of the plan, in order to challenge the validity of the amendment.
The Quebec Superior . . .

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