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Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

The SCC rules in Redwater: Losing battles but winning the war abandoned_oilrig_sm

As the energy sector faced economic hardship during the most recent downturn in Alberta, concerns mounted over who would bear the financial responsibility for the reclamation of wells and pipelines when companies with non-producing assets declare bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 7:52 AM

TRUSTS - The beneficiary

Appeal by the defendant from summary judgment awarding the respondent arrears of rent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Decision underscores developer obligations to condo purchasers condo_law_sm

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal continues a trend in condominium law regarding the obligations of Ontario developers when selling to purchasers. While most developers are reasonable and treat their purchasers with respect, there are some who take every advantage they think they can get away with. ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 1:46 PM

Unbalanced interests in Ontario’s Far North Act Northern Ontario Map

Ontario’s Far North Act was former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s government’s attempt at balancing the three big factors that are seemingly never in alignment, anywhere, on Canada’s road to resources: resource development, environmental protection and Indigenous peoples’ rights. With the amount of resource gridlock that the country is experiencing, it’s getting harder to get the balance right. ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 1:17 PM

New Toronto corporate associate for Bennett Jones

Bennett Jones announced that associate Tyler McAuley has joined the firm’s corporate department at its Toronto office. ... [read more]

Friday, March 01, 2019 @ 12:51 PM

Wilson-Raybould affair: A primer on ‘legalities’ | Heather MacIvor

On Feb. 27, former federal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould made troubling allegations about disregard for the rule of law at the highest level of the Canadian government. She told the House of Commons Justice Committee that the prime minister and his most senior advisers, along with the clerk of the Privy Council and the Finance minister, sought to interfere in the prosecution of Quebec-based company SNC-Lavalin on charges including the alleged bribery of Libyan officials. Over a period of four months, she said, she had been repeatedly “urged … to take partisan political considerations into account — which it was clearly improper for me to do.” ... [read more]

Friday, March 01, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Miller Thomson hires two partners, five associates for Toronto office

Miller Thomson LLP announced that partners Louis Amato-Gauci and James Zibarras and associates Rachel Migicovsky, Christine Morano, Jaclyne Reive, Jaspal Sanga and Sasha Segal have joined the firm’s Toronto office. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

LAWYERS - Duties and obligations - Duty to counsel - Business advice

Appeal by Salomon and his firm Sternthal Katznelson Montigny LLP (SKM) from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal setting aside a decision of the Quebec Superior Court dismissing a professional negligence claim against them. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 4:42 PM

SCC rules lawyers can be liable for client referrals that go bad Clément  Gascon

In a cautionary tale for lawyers who refer clients to other service providers, the Supreme Court of Canada has 8-1 dismissed the appeal of a Montreal lawyer and his firm from a judgment below which holds them liable for the full $6.8 million their client lost after they unwittingly referred her to a financial adviser who later turned out to be a fraudster running a Ponzi scheme. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Ex-AG alleges PM, senior officials tried to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC case; Trudeau ‘completely disagrees’ Jody Wilson-Raybould

In an accusation strenuously denied by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould alleged that before he removed her as attorney general of Canada last month, she and her then-chief of staff experienced sustained “very inappropriate” political interference and escalating “extraordinary” pressure from senior government officials, including the prime minister and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, to reverse her decision last fall not to shelve the criminal bribery prosecution of Montreal-based construction giant SNC-Lavalin in favour of a negotiated deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). ... [read more]