The Civil Jury

In North America, the jury trial is almost sacrosanct. Even lawyers who have never tried a case before a jury will argue passionately that a jury trial is every litigant’s right and should be preserved at all costs. Over the past several years there is a push by the judiciary to find ways to decide disputes more efficiently and at less cost. One target for …

Top Five Highlights from Moore v. Getahun

It takes an exceptional issue to get both the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Canadian Defence Lawyers reading from the same gospel, however the controversial comments regarding counsel/expert relationships in the trial decision in Moore v. Getahun (2014 ONSC 237) did just that. Following the 2014 trial decision, counsel on both sides of the bar were left confused as to how they ought to …

Standards of Excellence: Defining legal professionalism, ethics and integrity

Toronto lawyer Joseph Groia, the first lawyer convicted for incivility on the basis of submissions made in court on behalf of a client, is taking his long-standing legal battle to Ontario’s top court. From the Toronto Star. Mr. Groia succesfully represented Mr. Felderhof, an officer and director of Bre-X, a Calgary-based mining company that had grown to a multi-billion dollar company largely based on its claim …

New Policy on Travel Expenses for Treatment Providers Discriminates Against Rural Claimants

FSCO regularly publishes Bulletins which are meant to guide insurers and claimants on the permissible and impermissible practices surrounding claims for accident benefits. In FSCO Bulletin A-14/14, along with outlining regulatory amendments which were to take effect on December 1, 2014, FSCO also sent a strong message about mileage expenses for treatment providers, which will discriminate against claimants who live anywhere other than large towns and cities and …

Expansion of the Duties Owed to Rescuers

What can be reasonably foreseeable in rescue situations? In Maguire v. Padt, Suzanne Padt was found to be negligent when she drove into a ditch while driving in winter whiteout road conditions. Two other drivers and a police officer stopped to assist Ms. Padt and her daughter out of the ditch and were successful in getting them into the police car safely. Amidst the investigation …

The War on Toboggans is Not Due to Lawsuits or the Courts

Are municipalities getting nailed with lawsuits for kids and families tobogganing on city property? Absolutely not! Are they held responsible when they know someone will get hurt, but do nothing about it? Sometimes, but it is extremely rare. If there is a war by municipalities against tobogganing, don’t blame lawsuits. Believe it or not, tobogganing cases going to court against a city or town are …