Nakata v Dominion Fire Insurance Co

Nakata v Dominion Fire Insurance Co

Nakata v Dominion Fire Insurance Co, [1915] 21 DLR 26
This case revolved around Minnie Nakata’s attempt to procure fire insurance for her business, a bawdy house. Initially she was sold insurance, which the company later attempted to rescind without informing Minnie Nakata or her husband of having done so. Though the case initially dealt with whether or not the insurance company had truly cancelled the insurance, in truth it revolved around the morality of Minnie Nakata’s business. The appeal was dismissed. Despite clearly having been about the morality of not only the business, but the Nakatas as a couple, there is no reference in regards to them being of Japanese descent in this case.
Dominion Fire Insurance Co
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Nakata v Dominion Fire Insurance Co


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Researcher: Lauren Chalaturnyk
Metadata author: Connell Parish
Metadata author: Gordon Lyall
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Source: Alberta Supreme Court [Appellate Division]. Dominion Law Reports. 1915.


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