We can’t believe it even has to be said, but yes, that is correct. Numerous reports of counsel vaping, smoking, reading the newspaper and wearing casual attire have emerged recently, highlighting the need for our courts to finally do something about it.
On January 31, 2022 ,O. Reg 18/22 was enacted to amend the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure and forms. These amendments target pre-trial procedures and expert reports with the goal of ensuring parties and their counsel are ready for trial at an early stage.
As many professionals can relate, demanding hours and stressful work environments can have long-lasting detrimental effects on employees. At times, it may be next to impossible to balance managing stress and ‘penciling in time’ for self-care on a day-to-day basis.
We are pleased to announce that Bradley Gould and Ishara Fernando have joined Black Sutherland LLP as articling students at the firm. They will be exposed to various areas of litigation including insurance, commercial and administrative law.
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The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal released a decision approving permanent Official Plan designations and zoning for the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte. Burl’s Creek is the annual site of the Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival and was chosen by the Rolling Stones as the only Canadian venue for its most recent tour.
Bob Sutherland’s recent trial verdict was featured recently in the Toronto Sun. The jury found McMaster University was not liable for the Plaintiff’s injuries. As a result of the verdict, the University was awarded $95,000 for legal costs incurred to defend the action.
David Merner was successful during what has been described as the longest trial in Ontario history. The Trial lasted an unprecedented 106 trial days, before Justice Edwards’ rendered his judgment on July 16, 2018. The Plaintiff had claimed $60 million dollars as a result of personal injuries allegedly suffered during a 1999 train derailment.
Lynn Turnbull led roundtable discussions on “Effective Self-Promotion” and “Practice Development and Profile Building” at the Women in Litigation Symposium on October 27, 2017.
In a decision issued on July 25, 2018, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal refused an appeal of the decision of Clarington Municipal Council to refuse a “Seasonal Event Venue” in a rural area of Clarington. Nick Macos of Black Sutherland was successful in defending Council’s decision.
Bob Sutherland was successful during a recent trial in Hamilton. The Plaintiff alleged McMaster University failed to properly maintain and supervise a running track on campus, after he was injured by another runner while using the facilities. After 10 days of trial, the jury returned a verdict finding no liability on McMaster University.
Keenan Sprague was interviewed by Canadian Underwriter on the potential liability of occupiers, in the wake of the tragic bombing of a Mississauga restaurant. A full copy of the article can be found here.
On March 28, 2018, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Limited, 2018 ONCA 313, an important case of first impression addressing the issue of enforceability of waivers in occupiers liability cases on commercial property.