Christopher Morrison is a partner and practices complex civil litigation in the areas of insurance coverage, class proceedings, and negligence claims. Chris has developed a special interest in appellate advocacy and does the majority of the firm’s appeals. He has appeared frequently before the appellate courts of Ontario and was lead counsel for the Canadian Red Cross Society in Osborne Estate v. The CRCS in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Chris was called to the Bar in 1995 and has logged over 25 reported decisions, primarily as lead counsel. More recently he has been involved in the evaluation and negotiation of historic liability policy claims involving multi-million dollar environmental claims. Chris also enjoys lecturing on these issues and has authored numerous papers on evidence, class proceedings and insurance coverage.
On April 2, 2012, Justice Richetti of the Superior Court of Justice released his decision in De Marco v. The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company. In this application, DeMarco brought an application against Will Davidson’s client, The Dominion, seeking a declaration that The Dominion had an obligation to defend and indemnify its insured against a lawsuit brought by its landlord for contamination to a Gas Station which had allegedly occurred over a period of many years.
In Court, Chris Morrison and Stephanie Quesnelle argued on behalf of The Dominion that it had sold a policy of insurance for a premium that was based on not having to respond to claims of this nature, that the policy was clear and unambiguous and that the entire claim was excluded.
Justice Richetti agreed with these submissions noting that The Dominion was an “innocent” party in these transactions and should not have to cover a risk it clearly had excluded.
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Chris Morrison Successfully Defends The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company in the Court of Appeal
Chris Morrison and Stephanie Quesnelle appeared in the Ontario Court of Appeal to successfully have a claim against The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company Dismissed. The unaminous court found that the action against The Dominoin could not proceed. The Courts decision is available online at http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onscdc/doc/2010/2010onsc529/2010onsc529.html