Focus On


  • Viability of umbrella purchaser claims in question
    Paul-Erik Veel would like to see umbrella claims blocked, but he would also appreciate a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

    Viability of umbrella purchaser claims in question

    Competition lawyers are calling on the Supreme Court of Canada to settle the intensifying debate over the viability of umbrella purchaser claims.

  • Call for revamp of carriage motions
    David Wingfield says that carriage motions put prospective class counsel in an awkward position due to the presence of defendants.

    Call for revamp of carriage motions

    Defendants should be completely excluded from carriage motions as part of a broader overhaul to the process for selecting class counsel, according to one of the lawyers on the losing side of the recent bruising battle to prosecute a price manipulation claim against a number of German automakers.

  • U.S. export controls could impact Ontario businesses
    Mark Warner says the possibility of added American sanctions in Iran will be more difficult for Canadian companies to navigate.

    U.S. export controls could impact Ontario businesses

    American export controls are becoming an increasingly important issue as the U.S. administration threatens to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran in June, under U.S. President Donald Trump.

  • Mediation in workplaces a growing trend
    Steven Gaon says the ‘worst thing an employer can do is ignore a harassment complaint.’

    Mediation in workplaces a growing trend

    Many workplaces have been seeking mediators to deal with allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace, seeking to balance the rights of complainants and ensuring that there is some kind of due process for the accused.

  • The tricky issue of mediation chill
    Lauren Tomasich says in mediation there should be a reluctance to give a final offer unless all parties know that they’re in the same financial range.

    The tricky issue of mediation chill

    While mediation is expected to be confidential, if it fails and the matter goes to court, a pre-trial judge will often demand to know what the last offer presented was.

  • Is online dispute resolution the way of the future?
    Samaneh Hosseini says online dispute resolution can be ‘very effective for certain types of cases.’

    Is online dispute resolution the way of the future?

    Online dispute resolution is a growing field and is already in use when domain names are contested.

  • How ADR can help with family businesses
    David Lees says that by using an ADR process, it keeps a matter private and allows more creativity than a court process would allow.

    How ADR can help with family businesses

    As baby boomers start retiring, disputes are arising within family businesses as to who will take over once the parents retire.

  • Caution urged when sharing privileged documents
    Maureen Littlejohn says a recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling restores the ‘status quo’ for lawyers involved in structuring commercial transactions.

    Caution urged when sharing privileged documents

    A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal appears to have sparked a collective sigh of relief from lawyers involved in structuring commercial transactions.

  • Clarification over document privilege welcome move
    Julie Rosenthal says the requirement for the commissioner to assert privilege on a document-by-document or group-of­documents basis will change the dynamic in Competition Act enforcement proceedings.

    Clarification over document privilege welcome move

    The recent clarification of the powers of the federal Commissioner of Competition to assert privilege over documents is an opportunity for more efficient and fair proceedings in the future, say lawyers who practise in the competition field.

  • Limitations period on sex assault claims clarified
    Gillian Hnatiw says she believes the ruling reflects the will of the legislature when the measures were enacted in 2016.

    Limitations period on sex assault claims clarified

    An ongoing lawsuit against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has also resulted in one of the only rulings to interpret how amendments that exempted sexual assault claims from limitations periods in Ontario should be applied to defendants not alleged to be the perpetrator.

cover image

DIGITAL EDITION

Subscribers get early and easy access to Law Times.

Law Times Poll


A report is making waves because it reveals statistics about composition of juries in two Eastern Ontario regions, which lawyers say show how the system can be biased. Do you believe Ontario juries are representative of all the people who come before the court?
RESULTS ❯