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In our September 2002 newsletter, we discussed the case of Maisonneuve v. Burley, a 2001 decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench. In that case, a handyman, who was not so handy, built a retaining wall for the grand sum of $15,000. The cost to rip out and replace the un-engineered and deficient wall was $78,000. The judge awarded $25,000 because that cost was “wholly disproportionate relative to the value of what might be achieved through performance.” ¬†We then noted, “A court will not do something that it perceives as unreasonable.”

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