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Violation of Human Rights May Now Yield Additional Remedies in Abuse Cases

Ontario’s human rights legislation underwent various amendments in 2008. For the first time, a court deciding a civil lawsuit was allowed to order remedies for violation of human rights protected under the Human Rights Code....more

New Jersey SAFE Act Poster Available

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making available to employers a poster notifying employees of their rights under the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act). The NJ SAFE...more

Lawyers call for higher damages in civil sexual assault cases

As a lawyer who regularly represents victims of sexual abuse, I was interviewed by Law Times about the quantum of damages awarded to successful plaintiffs in civil claims for sexual assault and sexual abuse. While the courts...more

New Jersey SAFE Act Becomes Law

New Jersey grants the right to take leave from work to victims of domestic violence and their family members. On July 17, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act...more

New Jersey's New Law Requires Unpaid Leave for Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence

On July 17, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed S-2177 – the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act ("NJ SAFE Act") – to require that employers provide unpaid leave to employees affected by domestic or...more

Domestic Violence Revisited

I hope you all had a terrific Fourth of July! I also hope that you were not a victim of domestic violence over a long, hot holiday weekend....more

Sexual assault: Why are court cases brought so long afterwards?

On February 7, 2012, Gordon Stuckless a former assistant equipment manager at Maple Leaf Gardens, was charged with six more counts of indecent assault against young boys in a historical sexual assault case. You may remember...more

Confidentiality of Settlements in Sexual Abuse Cases - Necessary Evil or Positive?

In the past several years, confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements, or what are sometimes called “gag orders”, have been the subject of well-deserved scrutiny in sexual abuse cases resolved by way of out-of-court...more

What defences may apply to a sexual assault claim? – Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series on defences to claims for compensation based on sexual assault. This second part deals with what I call “technical-legal” defences. These are defences that operate irrespective of...more

What defences may apply to a sexual assault claim? – Part 1

This is the first of a two-part series on defences in claims for compensation based on sexual abuse. When compensation is claimed in a civil lawsuit based on sexual abuse, there are various defences that may be asserted in...more

Compensation Awards in Sexual Assault Cases - Case Summary #3

K.M.M. v. Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of the Diocese of London in Ontario, 2011 ONSC Starting when she was 7 years old, the plaintiff was repeatedly sexually abused by her parish priest, Father Charles Sylvestre. The...more

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