Business

  • July 19, 2024

    Proposed $1B opioid class action against some drug firms cancelled due to lack of lead plaintiff

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has dropped a pharmaceutical company and its affiliates from an ongoing proposed opioids class action against various manufacturers that alleges promotion of opioid use leading to addiction.

  • July 19, 2024

    Saskatchewan giving money for female offender reintegration

    Saskatchewan is spending money in a bid to improve the chances of female offenders reintegrating into society after leaving custody.

  • July 19, 2024

    Toronto flash floods: What businesses need to take away

    The rainstorm that affected many across the city this week was a big wake-up call for businesses. Whether it was the power outages or ensuring your staff got home safely if they were required to leave the office, employers felt the impact.

  • July 19, 2024

    Zero is the loneliest number | Murray Gottheil

    In law firms, more zeros are better than fewer zeros. For example, announcing, “Look at me! I just closed a $100,000,000 acquisition!” impresses your colleagues more than saying, “I just did a deal worth $10,000,000.” A deal that was only worth $965,000 is not even worth mentioning. There just are not enough zeros. Frankly, it is almost embarrassing to have been involved with it.

  • July 19, 2024

    ELEMENTS OF THE OFFENCE — Mens rea — Wilful blindness

    Appeal by accused from his conviction for one count of sexual assault after a jury trial. The complainant was the accused’s girlfriend. She alleged that he sexually assaulted her multiple times after her appendix surgery when she was in pain and her doctor advised no sex for six weeks. The jury convicted him on one count of sexual assault relating to an incident days after her surgery. The accused submitted that the jury instruction on prior inconsistent statements and false testimony was inadequate and that he erred by not instructing the jury to limit reliance on demeanour evidence and in instructing on wilful blindness for the mens rea of sexual assault. The accused argued that a new trial was required because of the judge’s errors in the jury instructions. The Crown sought to uphold the conviction, arguing that the jury was properly instructed and that the errors were insufficient to require a new trial.

  • July 19, 2024

    Defamation action dismissed on summary judgment motion

    In general, defamation actions are not conducive to dismissal on a summary judgment motion. As explained by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Baglow v. Smith, 2012 ONCA 407, this general rule is based on the recognition that the threshold over which a statement must pass in order to be capable of being defamatory of a plaintiff is relatively low and the long-held view that the question of whether a statement is, in fact, defamatory is to be determined by the trier of fact on a full factual record with cross-examinations and possibly expert testimony.

  • July 18, 2024

    Federal Court orders government to disclose redacted information in $102M contract with Ford Canada

    The Federal Court has directed the federal government to disclose some previously redacted information related to an agreement through which the government committed to contribute $102.4 million towards an engine program at the Ford plant in Windsor, Ont.

  • July 18, 2024

    Last major grocery chains sign on to Grocery Sector Code of Conduct

    Touting it as a win for consumers, federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture and agri-food have announced that all of Canada’s major grocery chains have now signed on to the Grocery Sector Code of Conduct that was developed by government and industry.

  • July 18, 2024

    Court finds doctor cannot amend libel claim against lawyer who represented car accident victim

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s Divisional Court has dismissed an appeal of a decision that denied a doctor’s request to amend his statement of claim in a libel case against a lawyer who was involved in a car accident insurance claim case.

  • July 18, 2024

    New criminal rate of interest comes into effect Jan. 1, 2025

    On May 31, 2024, an Order in Council was made indicating that certain changes to s. 347 of the Criminal Code, as summarized below, will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2025.