Recent Judicial Decisions of Interest to Energy Lawyers

  • Bryan Walker
  • Lucy L'Hirondelle


This article summarizes a number of recent judicial decisions of interest to energy lawyers. The authors review and comment on the past year’s case law in several areas including alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and insolvency, contractual interpretation (including operator agreements), competition law, corporate separateness, damages and limitations of liability, Indigenous law, torts, and selected developments relating to summary dismissal. Specific topics addressed include the interpretation of exclusion clauses; the reaffirmation of the principle of corporate separateness; confirmation that environmental cleanup costs take priority over creditors in bankruptcy proceedings; confirmation that the development, passage, or enactment of legislation does not trigger the duty to consult; and apportionment of liability and Pierringer agreements.

For each case, some background information is provided, followed by a brief explanation of the facts, a summary of the decision, and commentary on the outcome.