Let the Buyer "Beware"

By Brad Smith

Ghosts and goblins can play a role in the law. There is Latin phrase, caveat emptor, which means, let the buyer beware. This was never so true in a recent court case, 1784773 Ont. Inc. v K-W Labour Association et al.

After selling some property, the seller reported in the local media that he heard rumours the property was haunted. The purchaser sued, alleging the seller failed to disclose the haunting. The Court dismissed the Haaction and ruled the seller did not fail to disclose a defect because, in part, it is not possible to prove the existence of a ghost. It is truly buyer “beware”.

Happy Halloween!


If you have any questions regarding haunted or any other area of General & Commercial Litigation, please feel free to contact Brad Smith at (807) 625-8891 or by email at basmith(at)wmnlaw(dot)com, or contact any member of our General & Commercial Litigation group.

(807) 625-8889
bbabcock(at)wmnlaw(dot)com
(807) 625-8896
jclark(at)wmnlaw(dot)com
(807) 625-8883
nmelchio(at)wmnlaw(dot)com
(807) 625-8864
mmikulas(at)wmnlaw(dot)com
(807) 625-8891
basmith(at)wmnlaw(dot)com