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Seven survivors of Alberta tour bus rollover file lawsuit

October 1, 2020 Daniela Germano - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A northern Alberta woman who survived a fatal tour bus crash in Jasper National Park this summer says she is one of the lucky ones, but her recovery will be long and painful. Sweta Patel, 27, from High

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Expert witness rule in auto personal injury lawsuits deemed unconstitutional

October 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 22-year-old Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of a marine cargo insurer is a sword that could cut the other way for Canadian auto insurers. The British Columbia government brought in a rule this past March limiting parties

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Why appeal court quashed this punitive damage award

March 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client is successfully sued for being vicariously liable for the behaviour of a sexual offender, should that client have to pay punitive damages simply for not admitting liability before the trial? Judges are not unanimous on this issue.

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Flood victims win lawsuit against neighbour over laneway access

March 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A commercial property owner who was sued for $100,000 by neighbours over water damage is unable to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced March 14 it is denying Marilyn Marks leave to appeal a Court

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This research can help defend slip and fall claims

March 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client owns or manages a property, can it put a number on the slipperiness of the surfaces? This is what companies managing an Ottawa property did after they were sued for $2.9 million by a civil servant who

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Next step for $2-billion building collapse lawsuit against Loblaws

February 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $2-billion class-action lawsuit against Canada’s largest food retailer could reach the Supreme Court of Canada. The bodily injury lawsuit against Loblaw Companies Limited was filed in 2015 in Ontario by victims of a 2013 commercial building collapse in Bangladesh.

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Insurers disagree over meaning of ‘household’ in policy language

January 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A dispute over what exactly constitutes a “household” in a home insurance policy has reached the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Several members of the Weiner family were sued after a person drowned in 2010 in a vacation home on

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Premier Ford promises ‘solution’ to Ontario joint and several liability concerns

January 28, 2019 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is taking a look at municipalities’ concerns about a legal rule that they say causes “liability chill” and leads some to ban activities such as street hockey and tobogganing. In a speech Monday to the Rural Ontario

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Privacy breach hotel faces class action in Canada

December 11, 2018 Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canadians who stayed at Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Canada ULC hotels are taking legal action against the companies following a security breach. At least three proposed class actions have been launched in Toronto and Montreal against the

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How these proposed lawsuit rules could benefit insurers

December 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If proposed rules affecting Ontario lawsuits are brought into place, insurers could be paying much less for plaintiffs’ expert witnesses, a lawyer suggests. Ontario has what it calls a “simplified procedure,” which is intended to make it simpler and cheaper

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Limo service sued over collision that killed 20

November 20, 2018 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBANY, N.Y. – The operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York were grossly negligent in putting the “dangerous and defective” vehicle on the road, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by one of

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Head injuries from pro hockey a ‘hotly litigated matter’

November 13, 2018 Stephen Whyno - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with