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Corporations are People Too! Ontario Court Confirms that Corporations Have a Right to a Speedy Trial

Corporate defendants have the right to a speedy trial, without requiring them to prove actual prejudice to their fair trial rights. In R v Stephensons Rental Services, a March 2017 decision of the Ontario Court of Justice,...more

What is the Cost of Racial Profiling?

The Ontario Divisional Court says it’s $75,000. In Elmardy v Toronto Police Services Board, a significant decision by the Divisional Court, the three-judge panel awarded a victim of racial profiling damages of $75,000....more

4 Business Cases to Follow in the Supreme Court’s Spring Term

The Supreme Court of Canada’s spring term begins on April 18. This term has a lot of interesting criminal cases, but only a few that may be interesting to the business community...more

The Corporate Veil Matters

In two related decisions, the Ontario Court has said, resoundingly, that it will respect the corporate veil, even for complicated corporate groups with numerous subsidiaries. Both decisions involve the enforcement of foreign...more

A grab bag of fraud, human rights and contract disputes

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Winter Term begins on January 11. The most notable case on the docket is Deloitte & Touche v Livent Inc. In 2014, Ontario trial judge Justice Gans awarded Livent's receiver $118 million in...more

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Fall Term: the Internet Court?

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Fall term, which began on October 3rd, could probably be labelled the “internet term”, with major cases involving both Google and Facebook. The Court will also be hearing a number of other cases...more

No More Tears (Enough is Enough)… Ending the Debate About Unlawful Means in Conspiracy Torts

It was 1983. The Police’s Every Breath You Take was top of the charts. Return of the Jedi was tearing up the box office. And the Supreme Court of Canada released that seminal case seared into every competition litigator’s...more

Have a Contract in Canada? Your Class Action Risk is Greater Than You May Think

Non-Canadian companies: welcome to the Canadian class action party. In recent years, Canadians have increasingly begun to recognize and actively manage the major business risk posed by class actions, as more and more...more

Your Right to a Speedy Trial? It May Now Be a Right to a Trial in 18 Months or Less

It’s tough for any of us to think of a high profile criminal or regulatory case that could be described as “speedy”. The whole country followed the murder trial of Mark Smich and Delen Millard, who were recently convicted of...more

Cha-Ching: The High Cost of Failing to Remedy Workplace Discrimination

Last week, Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor, sued Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, accusing him of harassment and sexism. Though Ailes denies the allegations, the trial will be closely followed, both because of the...more

How Rude! Incivility and the Groia Appeal

That loud whirring you heard earlier this week? It was the sound of Ontario’s 50,000 (or so) lawyers collectively printing the 169-page, 445-paragraph decision in Groia v The Law Society of Upper Canada. The case has been...more

The State of Umbrella Damages in Canadian Antitrust Litigation

Judges in Ontario and B.C. have reached different decisions on whether cartel members may be liable for umbrella pricing. These two cases of first impression may be headed for the Supreme Court of Canada. ...more

Ontario Court Upholds Limitations on Liability for Misrepresentations Contained in Take-Over Bid Circulars

In a decision released on July 30, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has clarified that plaintiffs seeking to advance claims under section 131(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario) alleging misrepresentation in a...more

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Boundaries Between Provincial and Federal Courts

Robert Strickland and five other applicants sought to challenge the Federal Child Support Guidelines as unlawful. They argue that the Guidelines are not authorized by the Divorce Act. Unfortunately, this important issue,...more

Do Federal Employees Have a ‘Right to a Job’? The Supreme Court to Decide

The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Wilson v Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Federally regulated employers hoping that this important decision from the Federal Court of Appeal was the final word on the law of...more

Adverse Costs in Pro Bono Litigation: the SCC Weighs In

Réjean Hinse was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Though he was granted parole, he was only acquitted after 30 years and a successful appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Hinse sued the...more

Ontario Superior Court Awards Damages for Family Status Discrimination

Justice Healy’s January 2015 decision in Patridge v Botony Dental Corporation is likely to be on many lists of top human rights law decisions already decided this year. Besides awarding damages under the Human Rights Code,...more

Ontario Judges May Sit on National Class Actions Outside Ontario

The Ontario Court of Appeal, in a split decision, has held that a judge of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, acting as a supervisory judge under a national class action settlement agreement, can participate in a joint...more

3/24/2015  /  Canada , Class Action , Judges

Supreme Court of Canada Releases Landmark Decision on Assisted Suicide

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada released its landmark end-of-life decision in Carter v Canada (Attorney General). The Court unanimously held that the prohibition on aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide in the...more

The Test for Uncivil Conduct in Litigation

The Divisional Court released its reasons respecting the Law Society of Upper Canada’s disciplinary proceeding against Joseph Groia on February 2, 2015. The Divisional Court upheld the Law Society Hearing Panel and Appeal...more

2/10/2015  /  Attorney Misconduct

New Good-Faith Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance Recognized by Supreme Court of Canada

In a precedent setting case, the Supreme Court of Canada has: (1) recognized good faith as a "general organizing principle" of Canadian contract law; and (2) recognized a new duty of "honest performance", which requires...more

11/26/2014  /  Canada , Contract Formation , Good Faith , SCC

New Good-Faith Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance Recognized by Supreme Court of Canada

A new duty of honest performance has been imposed on all Canadian contracts by the Supreme Court of Canada. The notion of a general and independent doctrine of good faith performance of contracts has historically been...more

11/14/2014  /  Canada , Contract Disputes , Good Faith

Flying is a No-Rights Zone: Supreme Court of Canada Dismisses Language Rights Claim

Plaintiffs cannot bring a claim for damages for a breach of fundamental rights against an airline if that breach arose in the course of international travel. Simply put, international flying is a “no-rights zone” between...more

11/4/2014  /  Airlines , Canada , Damages , SCC

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Civil Plaintiffs Access to Competition Bureau Wiretaps

Canadian civil plaintiffs can now access wiretaps collected by authorities in the context of criminal investigations. The issue of access arose in the aftermath of the Competition Bureau’s octane investigation. Between 2004...more

Court of Appeal Denies Certification in Another Misclassification Overtime Class Action

In the latest installment in a series of recent employment class actions, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has dismissed an appeal by class action plaintiffs in Brown v Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The decision...more

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