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Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal given new powers over not-for-profits, co-operatives Dierk Ullrich, Fasken

Although much attention has been paid to the implications of the new powers given to B.C.’s Civil Resolutions Tribunal (CRT) over some automobile insurance cases, what may have gotten lost in the shuffle is the tribunal’s new responsibility for some claims concerning not-for-profit organizations and co-operatives in the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 12:50 PM

Howie, Sacks & Henry adds associate

Howie, Sacks & Henry announced that Victoria Yang has joined the Toronto firm as an associate with its mass torts team. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Tax Court of Canada pilot project aims to increase access to justice Calculator with word tax

The Tax Court of Canada will soon conduct a pilot project, called a Preliminary Ruling Docket (PRD), which will offer a more expeditious, cost-effective way to obtain a preliminary ruling from the Tax Court. The opinion would not be binding on the parties. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Judges lead cross-border commercial courts co-operation international_law_sm

Important developments in cross-border co-operation among commercial courts have been taking place over at least the past four years, largely under the radar of many lawyers and judges. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

Blaney McMurtry hires litigation associate

Blaney McMurtry announced that Sonia Shantikumar has joined the firm. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

Complainants’ stories of intimate image sharing could inform courts, lawyer says Molly_Reynolds_sm

A Toronto lawyer is hoping victims’ stories of having intimate images shared online can be used as supplemental evidence in criminal and civil cases. These stories would come from newly emerging support groups for people who have suffered harm after such images were posted online without their consent. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

Evolution of bad faith claims in Canada House on fire

The notion of what is deemed to be appropriate conduct in the context of insurance claims has been refined by repeated challenges in Canadian courts. Over the years, insurers have faced bad faith allegations for various types of conduct in handling their respective insured’s claims, which can impact them not only by way of punitive damages but can also tarnish their reputations by the negative publicity surrounding such actions. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

Knowledge of fraudulent person can’t be attributed to company Magnifying glass with calculator

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) answered a delicate question in its Christine Dejong Medecine Professional Corp. v. DBDC Spadina Ltd. [2019] S.C.J. No. 30 decision: If a company is used by someone who is committing fraud, can that company be said to have known about that fraud? ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

Proposed class action settlement on sexual misconduct in military includes ‘structural changes,’ says co-lead counsel Jonathan Ptak

The federal government’s proposed $900 million settlement of a class action lawsuit regarding sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) “sends a powerful signal to military authorities and the rank and file that the government is paying significant tax dollars to repair some of the insult and damages created and hopefully that will serve as a deterrent going forward,” according to Michel Drapeau, an Ottawa military lawyer and retired army colonel. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Access to Justice: Legal aid critically important part of justice system | Beverley McLachlin

This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the larger centres, including Toronto. ... [read more]