NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Our Response to COVID-19

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 and more recently, the global pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization, we at Black Sutherland LLP have been taking various precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, families, clients and the greater community.
We have asked our lawyers and staff to work remotely and to limit office attendances to once per week to reduce the risk of exposure while travelling to and from the office. We have high level technology in place that enables us to work remotely in an efficient and completely secure manner.

Black Sutherland LLP Wins Battle at Burl’s Creek

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.

Recent Trial Judgment: David Merner

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.

Recent Trial Verdict: Bob Sutherland

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.

Recent Decision: Bob Sutherland

March 18th, 2019

On January 18, 2018, Bob Sutherland successfully argued a summary judgment motion on behalf of the University of Western Ontario. Justice Kershman, in granting the motion, found the University did not owe a duty of care to an adult student who was independently partaking in non-academic activities while abroad on academically-related travels.

Burl’s Creek Approved for Camping and Parking

Burl’s Creek, the host site for the Boots & Hearts country music festival located north of Barrie, received approval for camping and parking on lands adjoining its event grounds. The OMB approved the temporary seasonal use recognizing that the site would continue to be used for agriculture.