1340232 Ontario Inc. v. St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

In Admiralty Practice, Pleadings on (Updated )

This was an application to strike the claim of the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff’s claim was for damages for business losses incurred as a result of the closure of a bridge over the Welland Canal, which closure it was alleged was due to the negligence of the Defendant. The Plaintiff had no proprietary interest in the bridge and none of the Plaintiff’s own property was damaged. The Prothonotary allowed the application and struck the claim noting that similar claims to recover pure economic loss because of negligent damage to a bridge have been consistently rejected by the courts.