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SCC Decision: January 23, 2009

Shafron v. KRG Insurance Brokers (Western) Inc., 2009 SCC 6
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(Contracts / Employment)
S sold his insurance agency to KRG, but remained employed by the agency for another 14 years.  S's employment contracts contained a restrictive covenant in which S agreed to not be employed in the insurance broker business within the "Metropolitan City of Vancouver" for three years after termination.  In 2001, S began working for a different insurance broker in Richmond.  KRG sued.  The trial judge dismissed the case, finding "Metropolitan City of Vancouver" to be ambiguour.  The Court of Appeal set aside the decision, finding that the term could be interpreted to mean various cities in the Vancouver area.  The Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal, holding that "Metropolitan City of Vancouver" was ambiguous, and the Court of Appeal had no basis on which to substitute their preferred definition.
Majority/Dissent: 7/0

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