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News

NEWS LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 13, 2017

November

November 13 - Alcohol, Snowmobiling, Breaching a Probation Order and Insurance Coverage by David Elmaleh and Gabriela Caracas

November 10 - "Falling Back" to More Pedestrian and Cyclist Motor Vehicle Accidents by Michael Blinick and Michelle Legault

November 7 - Let the Games Begin: How Negotiation Competitions prepared me for my First Trial student blog by Emily Kostandoff

November 2 - The IPC clarifies when insurers may and may not collect Health Card numbers by Karen Bernofsky

November 2 - The Supreme Court of Canada keeps the onus on banks over innocent drawers for fraudulent bills of exchange by Karen Bernofsky

October

October 26 - Is This The End of Civil Jury Trials in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases? by Annette Uetrecht-Bain and Danielle Ralph

October 25 - Case Comment: Whether A Constructive Trust Should Be Imposed Because Of Unjust Enrichment by Hillel David

October 24 - Adieu to Bad Law School Habits Student Blog by Gabriela Caracas

October 24 - Navigating Through Challenging Mediations: Creating Value in the Midst of Obstacles by Van Krkachovski and Frank DelGiudice*

October 19 - Missed our Transportation Law Lunch & Learn Seminar? AN UBER UPDATE - Don't miss the handouts from our e-handouts page.

October 16 - The Future of Litigation and Autonomous Vehicles by Peter W. Vlaar

October 16 - Liability Exposure for Uber Drivers after a Fare is Dropped off By Jim Tomlinson, Shayan Kamalie, and Melissa Parravano

October 16 -  The Sharing Revolution – Accident Benefits Coverage For Uber Drivers & Passengers by Bogdan Miscevic

October 6 - David Elmaleh was quoted in this week’s Law Times, SCC may look at vicarious liability again

September

September 26 - Peter Vlaar was published in Canadian Underwriters Yellow Light, Green Light pg 22.

September 25 - New Blog - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year... No, not the holidays! by Mark Borgo

September 21 - Congrats to Shene Harris on her win before the Landlord & Tenant Board. The ruling was covered in the news - Delays in fixing damage in rental unit not landlord's fault, board rules

September 20 - New AB article LAT Broadens the Definition of Accident as per SABS By Bogdan Miscevic and Jessica Margeit

September 20 - New Defamation Article Four Million Dollar Price Tag to Fix an Actress's Reputational Damage by David Elmaleh, Aryeh Samuel and Gabriela Caracas

September 18 - New Cannabis Legalization Article Marijuana Legalization: Ontario Weighs In by Michael Blinick

September 18 - New Tort Liability Article No Playing Around: Tort Liability and School Yard Injuries by Michael Blinick and Michelle Legault

September 14 - CLC Executive Golf pictures have been posted to albums page!  

September 3, 2017 - David Elmaleh was a guest speaker on the Global Radio / AM640 - and is available to download > The Dating & Relationship Show - Topic: Couple Disputes in Law

August

August 23 - First Articling Student Blog for 2017 - Articling: A Snapshot by Taskeen Abdul-Rawoof

August 10 - Tug-of-War Gone Wrong: Who is Liable when Participant's Arm is Amputated by David Elmaleh and Yousef Elsohemy

August 10 - Student Blog Summer Student in Motion (Court) by Jessica Murphy

August 10 - Auditor Held Liable in Negligence for Non-Clients' Losses - Case Comment: Lavender v. Miller Bernstein by Howard Borlack and Émilie-Anne Puckering

August 4 - One small step for summary judgements, one giant leap for efficiency by Howard Borlack and Karen Bernofsky

August 1 - Medical records: Personal Privacy in Conflict with the Rule of Law By Howard Borlack and Lee Chitty

August 1 - Legalizing Marijuana: Potential Impact on Social Hosts By Michael Blinick and Sean Valentine

August 1 - Court of Appeal Declines Remedies against Person Harassing Mayor, Township By David Elmaleh and Priya Chopra

July

July 26 - The Oppression Remedy: Greater Risk of Personal Liability for Directors and Officers by Irina Sfranciog and Andrew Valela

July 15 - Your Reservation has changed... Airbnb Regulation in Toronto and Insurance Coverage Issues by Matt Dugas

July 10 - Everything You Need to Know About Trial Insurance: Security Against Bad Outcomes at Trial For Sale! by Irina Sfranciog and Karolina R. Iron

July 10 - A Lawyer's Guide to Discoveries and Timing of IMEs By Annette Uetrecht-Bain and Priya Chopra

July 10 - Insurers Beware: Recent Developments in the Duty to Defend and Indemnify by Alan Drimer and Priya Chopra

July 10 - Making Use of Unusual Torts in Subrogation by Adam Grant and Lee Chitty

July 10 - Subrogation: Recommendations for Early Investigation by Adam Grant and Miranda Serravalle

July 10 - A summary of threshold decisions from 2016 and 2017: Which got through and which got bounced by Michael Kennedy and Lee Chitty

July 10 - Automobile Insurance Fraud: Prevalence, Prevention, and Response by David Elmaleh and Karolina R. Iron

July 10 - A Divided Court on Deductible and Prejudgment Interest in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims By Daniel Côté-Finch and Lee Chitty

July 5 - Student Blog - Can You Keep a Secret? by Émilie-Anne Puckering

July 5 - The Effect of "After The Event" Insurance on the Litigation Process by Howard Borlack and Ben Carino

June

June 22 - Through the Looking Glass: The Reality of Working at a Litigation Law Firm by Jessica M.

June 22 - Take control of public space and liability may follow - Case Comment - MacKay v Starbucks' By Eric Turkienicz and Priya Chopra

June 22 - Proposed changes to Ontario's Construction Lien Act  by Eric Turkienicz

June 13 - Defamation in the Internet Age: The Law and Social Media by Sean Valentine

June 8 - What's in a Name? Upcoming Changes to the Definition of a Motor Vehicle: Road-Building Machines by David Olevson & Karolina R. Iron.

June 8 - Taxi Company Not Vicariously Liable When Employee Sexually Assaults Client by David Elmaleh and Émilie-Anne Puckering

June 7 - First Summer Student 2017 blog - Team Player by Yousef E.

June 7 - Recovery for Mental Injuries: Dispensing with the Requirement of Expert Evidence By Michael Blinick and Andrew  Valela

May

May 24 - The timing of mandatory mediations in Toronto has changed by Miranda Serravalle

May 16 - Retroactivity, Retrospectivity & Immediate Applicability: Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (MVACF) and Barnes by Bogdan Miscevic

May 15 - Parting thoughts and final farewells from Toronto Students! by Victoria M.

May 15 - The United Airlines debacle in the context of Canadian tort law - by Ben Carino

May 10 - New Sports, Recreation and Resort Liability Article: A crack in the armour? Waivers and the use of the Consumer Protection Act by James Tomlinson & Garett Harper.

May 9 - MB welcomes the following students for the summer of 2017: In Ottawa, Lee Chitty and Priya Chopra; and in Toronto, Jessica Murphy, Karolina Iron, Andrew Valela, Yousef Elsohemy and Émile-Anne Puckering.

April

April 28 - MB & CLC attend RIMS Conference in Philadelphia - enjoying a great night of camaraderie at Canada Night! See Pics

April 25 - New Student Blog - Ottawa Articling Students - Personalized :)

April 3 - New Mediation Article Mediating a Road Authority Claim on Behalf of a Municipality By Van Krkachovski 

April 1 - New Article Buyers and Agents Beware: BC Court Rules That Representative Is Responsible for Tax Owed by Buyer By Irina Sfranciog

March

March 31 - New Student Blog - My Experiences at Settlement Conferences by Shayan K.

March 31 - New Article The Municipal Act: Minimum Maintenance Standards Revisited by the Ontario Court of Appeal By James Tomlinson and Mahdi Hussein

March 30 - Our Barrie office lawyers, Alan Drimer and Eric Boate, participated in the Adjusters vs. Brokers hockey game on March 9 at the Barrie Molson Centre, put on by the OIAA Georgian Bay & Barrie-Simcoe Insurance Broker Association.  See pics in our photo album

March 8 - New Article Legalizing Marijuana: And The Litigation Begins... by Michael Blinick

March 6 - Assisting on a Jury Trial: A Quick Reference Guide - student blog by Mahdi H.

February

February 24 - Injunctions To Restrain Breach Of Contract - Stipulated Remedy Clauses – Old Habits Die Hard has been summarized into a two part article By Hillel David - download Part I and Part II

February 23 - New Article - Drug Recognition Experts and Drug-Impaired Driving - Additional Considerations for Insurers following Supreme Court decision By Michael Blinick and Aryeh Samuel

February 17 - New Article - Keeping the Mould Away: Application of Mould-Based Policy Exclusions By Matthew Dugas

February 11 - This month's student blog is a Half-time Status Check by Karen Bernofsky

February 10 - New Transportation Law Article - Autonomous vs Semi-Autonomous Vehicles: The Liability Distinction By Eric Boate and Cassandra Khatchikian

February 10 - New Tort Article - Do Parents Know Best? An Update on the Enforceability of Waivers Executed on Behalf of Infants By Peter Vlaar, David Olevson, and Sabrina Lucibello

February 8 - Legalizing Marijuana Article - Medical Marijuana: Considerations for Employers By Sophia Souffront and Michael Blinick

February 8 - Sports Seminar Whitepaper 1 - Inherent Risks in Hockey: Recent Developments in the Law By Jim Tomlinson and Mahdi Hussein

February 8 - Sports Seminar Whitepaper 2 - Fans Beware: The Risks of Watching Your Favourite Athletes  By Jim TomlinsonGarett Harper, and Victoria Mitrova

February 8 - Sports Seminar Whitepaper 3 - Combatting Exposure: Utilization of Waivers by Ski Hill and Resort Operators - A Defence Perspective By Jim TomlinsonDavid Olevson, Shayan Kamalie & Victoria Mitrova

February 8  - Privacy Law for AB Insurers By Catherine Korte, Anthony Gatensby and Bogdan Miscevic 

January

January 30 - New transportation law article Driving Outside of the Lines: Regulatory System v. Autonomous Vehicles By Peter Vlaar and Mahdi Hussein

January 20 - New corporate law article The Corporate Veil won't cover Personal Misrepresentations By Marie-Pier Couturier, and Irina Sfranciog, and Victoria Mitrova

January 20 - New officers and directors' liability article Deference to Reasonable Decision made by Condo Boards By Marie-Pier Couturier, and Irina Sfranciog, and Mahdi Hussein

January 19 - See Christmas in January pics - client event hosted by MB and CLC

January 17 - Student Blog - Where do you rank mentorship in law firm selection? by Rachael Segal.

January 13 - New Transportation Article Legalizing Marijuana: Drugged driving and how insurers can manage risk by Michael Blinick and Aryeh Samuel.

January 10 - Congrats to MB for making the Top Ten Insurance Defence Boutique List on Canadian Lawyer.  

January 9 - Bogdan Miscevic's Article: Important decision on when catastrophic accident benefits become overdue - was picked up by OIAA - WTG! https://lnkd.in/eP4ZHzD

December

December 29 - Student blog - Utilizing my advocacy skills in court  - by Marla Rosenblatt-Worth

December 14 -  article Legalizing Marijuana: Product Liability for Producers, Distributors, and Dispensers By Michael Blinick 

December 13 -  article Mould Growth Personal Injury Claims Spreading by Matthew Dugas

December 12 - Featured Case Study: Raho Mohamud v. Old Republic Insurance Company by Garett Harper

December 7 - Back to Basics on Betterment: A Primer on Recent Judicial Decisions Pertaining to the Issue of Betterment by Sean Valentine

December 6 - Let's Settle This! - New Student Blog by David Perron

December 2 - Featured Case: Aranas v. Kolodzieg -  The buck stops here: A rare summary judgment win for the defence - written by Marla Rosenblatt-Worth