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Court of Appeal ruling highlights perils of firms ‘practising in association’

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:25 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently wrestled with the issue of liability in a defamation claim that arose between two law firms. The complicating factor was that the lawyer alleged to have made the defamatory comments worked in “association” with one of the firms bringing into question the firm’s liability in the action.

In Wallbridge v. Brunning 2018 ONCA 363, the court heard that Wallbridge, Wallbridge, a partnership of lawyers with offices throughout northern Ontario, issued a statement of claim alleging that a lawyer named Fay...