Martel Building Ltd v Canada; 30 Nov 2000

References: 2000 SCC 60, [2000] 2 SCR 860
Links: Canlii
Coram: McLachlin CJ, Gonthier, Iacobucci, Major, Bastarache, Binnie and Arbour JJ
Canlii Supreme Court of Canada – Torts – Negligence – Economic loss – Whether Canadian law recognizes duty of care on parties in commercial negotiations – Whether tort of negligence extends to damages for pure economic loss arising out of conduct of pre-contractual negotiations.
Torts – Negligence – Economic loss – Whether tender-calling authority owed duty of care to bidders in drafting tender specifications – Whether sphere of recovery for pure economic loss should be extended to cover circumstances surrounding preparation of tender specifications.
Contracts – Tenders – Obligation to treat all bidders fairly – Whether tender-calling authority breached its implied contractual duty to treat all bidders fairly and equally – If so, whether bidder’s loss caused by contractual breach.
The prospect of causing deprivation by economic loss is implicit in the negotiating environment
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