litigation


  • Limitations period on sex assault claims clarified

    Limitations period on sex assault claims clarified

    Mar 26, 2018

    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.

  • Former client suing family lawyer over report

    Former client suing family lawyer over report

    Mar 26, 2018

    A Whitby, Ont. man is suing his former family lawyer for allegedly failing to take proper steps to exclude a report written by an unqualified witness that contributed to him losing custody of his children.

  • Precedent-setting costs award upheld

    Precedent-setting costs award upheld

    Mar 26, 2018

    Lawyers say a recent case, in which a deputy judge ordered an unsuccessful litigant to pay $21,000 in costs to a defendant who spent more than $158,000, exposes the inability of the Small Claims Court to impose high penalties on people who bring meritless litigation.

  • Shorten timelines and improve perverse system

    Mar 26, 2018

    On a recent occasion, I listened to a family lawyer colleague talk about the circumstances of a case where the parties seemed to be really intransigent.

  • Issue must be ‘novel’ to avoid cost award

    Issue must be ‘novel’ to avoid cost award

    Mar 26, 2018

    The losing side in litigation must show more than a specific issue has not been previously adjudicated to be considered “novel” and avoid a costs award, an Ontario Superior Court judge explained in a recent class action ruling.

  • OCA overrules itself on insurance claims

    OCA overrules itself on insurance claims

    Mar 19, 2018

    The Ontario Court of Appeal recently took the rare step of convening a five-member panel to overrule itself on whether an insurer could bring a claim on behalf of a bankrupt insured party.

  • Tribunal dismisses LSO appeal against lawyer

    Tribunal dismisses LSO appeal against lawyer

    Mar 19, 2018

    A tribunal dismissed an appeal brought by the Law Society of Ontario, which claimed a hearing panel was wrong to find a lawyer who was found in contempt of court had not committed professional misconduct.

  • Carriage of price-fixing class action awarded

    Carriage of price-fixing class action awarded

    Mar 12, 2018

    An Ontario judge has awarded carriage of a proposed class action against bread sellers for an alleged price-fixing scheme to a consortium led by Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP.

  • Decision to deny status to student groups upheld

    Decision to deny status to student groups upheld

    Mar 12, 2018

    An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that he has jurisdiction under what he described as “the law of groups” to review decisions by student unions at three post-secondary institutions that denied official status to two anti-abortion groups and a “men’s rights” organization.

  • LTB issues

    Mar 12, 2018

    Paralegal James Moak has brought a court application in the Ontario Superior Court to try to stop property managers who are not licensed to practise law from providing legal services at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board.

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