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Slansky says ruling sends wrong message

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision to uphold a costs award against a Toronto lawyer doesn’t change existing law or practice, despite the lawyer’s public musings about its chilling effect, says veteran litigator and civil procedure expert Michael Watson.

In Best v. Ranking 2016 ONCA 492, the court unanimously dismissed lawyer Paul Slansky’s appeal of an order requiring him to personally pay $84,000 in legal costs.

The order was made by Ontario Superior Court Justice Susan Healey, after she dismissed a $20 million action by...