litigation


  • Chevron plaintiffs ordered to post security for costs

    Chevron plaintiffs ordered to post security for costs

    Oct 10, 2017

    A Court of Appeal judge may have dealt a fatal blow to the attempts of Ecuadorian villagers to collect a $9.5-billion judgment against Chevron from an Ontario subsidiary. Justice Gloria Epstein has ordered the plaintiffs to post more than $900,000 in security for costs to Chevron Corporation and its seventh-level subsidiary based in Ontario, Chevron Canada Limited.

  • Wave of anti-SLAPP rulings to come

    Wave of anti-SLAPP rulings to come

    Oct 2, 2017

    The Ontario Court of Appeal is expected to issue rulings this fall in a half-dozen cases related to the province’s so-called anti-SLAPP legislation, which was enacted in the fall of 2015.

  • Modern technology needed in civil courts

    Modern technology needed in civil courts

    Oct 2, 2017

    During his tenure on the Superior Court, the frustrations expressed in rulings by Justice David Brown about the failure to make use of modern technology in the civil courts was not noted only by the legal community in southern Ontario.

  • Legal community watching class action

    Legal community watching class action

    Oct 2, 2017

    A proposed class action against a Toronto personal injury firm has been closely watched by the legal community because of the dispute over whether costs can be part of a retainer agreement in addition to amounts paid out as a result of a contingency fee.

  • Broken system needs an overhaul

    Oct 2, 2017

    Bringing paralegals into a broken court system is not the solution to providing efficient, cost-effective access to the legal system. The court system is complicated and arduous.

  • SCC may look at vicarious liability again

    SCC may look at vicarious liability again

    Oct 2, 2017

    The Supreme Court of Canada is being asked to revisit the issue of vicarious liability when there is an intentional wrong committed by an employee against a potentially vulnerable victim.

  • $4.6 million sought in negligence lawsuit

    $4.6 million sought in negligence lawsuit

    Sep 11, 2017

    A lawyer who is already under investigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada for a $3-million deficiency in his trust account is now facing allegations of negligence over how he represented a former client in loan transactions.

  • School can refuse admission of child of same-sex couple

    School can refuse admission of child of same-sex couple

    Sep 11, 2017

    Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled in favour of an evangelical Christian school that would not admit the son of a same-sex couple over the school’s stance on same-sex marriage.

  • Damages awarded in racial profiling case

    Damages awarded in racial profiling case

    Sep 11, 2017

    A ruling in a civil damages case awarding $80,000 to a man racially profiled by a Toronto police officer is believed to be the largest of its kind so far in Ontario. Lawyers say the ruling in Elmardy v. Toronto Police Services Board 2017 will have important effects on how damages are sought in relation to racial profiling by police.

  • Challenges launched over disability benefit rate

    Challenges launched over disability benefit rate

    Sep 11, 2017

    Legal clinics have launched human rights challenges regarding the disability benefit rate two clients are receiving. The challenges relate to the monthly amount received by two disabled men who get both their meals and room from their landlord through the Ontario Disability Support Program.

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