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Supreme Court of Canada paves way for insurers’ medical examiner’s lawsuit

September 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $15-million defamation lawsuit by an insurers’ medical examiner against an Ontario-based personal injury lawyer is going to trial, the Supreme Court of Canada announced in a divided ruling released Thursday. Dr. Howard Platnick “deserves to have his day in

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Why these home buyers won a $100,000 lawsuit

September 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Ontario court ruling arising from a major structural defect in a cottage country home shows why a homeowner should get the vendor to complete a seller property information sheet (SPIS) before agreeing to a purchase. “The law can

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How Gallagher prepares clients for D&O rate increases

September 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are going to be hit with rate increases and major changes in terms and conditions to their directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability policies, you might want to give them some advance warning. “We tend to prepare early

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Oilsands tailings ponds leaking; federal enforcement unclear: report  

September 4, 2020 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

An international environmental watchdog says there’s convincing evidence that oilsands tailings ponds are leaking.   “There is strong scientifically valid evidence of … seepage into near-field groundwater around tailings ponds,” says a report from the Commission on Environmental Co-operation, a body

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Canadian government named in class-action privacy breach lawsuit

September 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit over data breaches earlier this year affecting thousands of users of online service users. Criminals were able to get the user names and passwords of 9,041 users of GCKey, the federal

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Lawsuit filed against makers of Montreal-area dike that burst, flooding town

September 3, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A Montreal-area town says its insurance company is suing the maker of a dike that burst last spring, flooding streets and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. Officials from Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac said Tuesday legal action has been filed

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Quebec class-action request filed on behalf of alleged victims of ex-hockey coach

September 2, 2020 by Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A Quebec law firm is launching a $10-million class-action lawsuit on behalf of the alleged victims of a former Montreal police officer and hockey coach who died awaiting trial on sex-related charges. The request for authorization filed Tuesday

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Personal info of kids with disabilities accidentally shared: Manitoba government

August 28, 2020 by The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government says human error resulted in the personal information of 9,000 children with disabilities being unintentionally shared. The province says the breach occurred on Wednesday when staff from Children’s Disability Services sent an email intended for

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Court rules against The Co-operators in hit-and-run scooter accident

August 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario court has ruled against an insurer’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit in which an argument was made that the woman on the receiving end of a hit-and-run could have reasonably done more to get the driver’s information. In

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Non-resident property owners allowed back in Newfoundland and Labrador soon

August 27, 2020 by Jason Contant

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – People who own property in Newfoundland and Labrador but who don’t live there full-time can apply to enter the province next week. Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday that the

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Class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of passengers in fatal Alberta bus crash

August 25, 2020 by Bill Graveland -THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – A class-action lawsuit alleging the defendants acted recklessly and unreasonably has been filed against the operators of a tour bus involved in a fatal rollover at Jasper National Park’s Columbia Icefield. Three people were killed and 14 others

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The pros and cons of juries in civil trials

August 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If the Ontario government abolishes juries in civil trials, this would take away a basic protection for defendants in personal injury lawsuits, a defence lawyer suggests. “The solution is not to abolish juries in personal injury actions. The idea being