Correction: This story incorrectly identified Crown lawyers John Kelly and William MacLarkey as the Crowns involved in the months leading up to the Seed v. Ontario case that recently held the government liable for $125,000 in costs. Kelly and MacLarkey first became involved in the file on March 9, 2012, approximately one month before they argued the certification motion, and did not stall the certification motion for five months. MacLarkey and Kelly also were not involved in any offer to settle. MacLarkey and Kelly were not the counsel who argued the costs issue. Kirk Baert, who represented the plaintiffs in the case, did not suggest Kelly and MacLarkey were involved at that time. Law Times regrets the error.
Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $125,000 in costs after the province delayed delivering its position in a class action involving a Brantford, Ont.-area school for the visually impaired, a lawyer for the plaintiffs says.