News & Publications

Month: September 2013

Video Testimonial – Slip & Fall

Written by on September 20, 2017.

An icy patch on a walkway was reported to the condo core, but the walkway was not properly maintained. As a result of this oversight, our client suffered a slip and fall and sustained injuries that required legal support. Anna Szczurko and her team worked closely with our client to provide the results he wanted. He tells his story in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHUKrNNCleg

Auto Parts – Automotive Steel Tubes

Written by on September 18, 2017.

This action is one of approximately 35 class actions that have been commenced regarding alleged price-fixing of automobile parts.  The unlawful conspiracies relate to the prices of parts installed by automakers in new vehicles.  The class actions affect any person in Canada who purchased a new vehicle containing the relevant parts or who purchased the relevant parts for installation in a new vehicle (ie. automakers). The automotive steel tubes class action alleges that the Defendants unlawf...

Auto Parts – Automotive Exhaust Systems

Written by on September 18, 2017.

This action is one of approximately 35 class actions that have been commenced regarding alleged price-fixing of automobile parts.  The unlawful conspiracies relate to the prices of parts installed by automakers in new vehicles.  The class actions affect any person in Canada who purchased a new vehicle containing the relevant parts or who purchased the relevant parts for installation in a new vehicle (ie. automakers). The Automotive Exhaust Systems action also includes purchasers of new commerc...

Video Testimonial – Motorcycle Accident

Written by on September 12, 2017.

Following a motorcycle accident that was caused due to a provincial road in need of repair, our client knew immediately that she needed legal support. After a long and complex journey with Jim Virtue and his team, this client received the outcome that was long awaited. She tells her story in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUxb9LgRE0Y

Court Grants Leave to Appeal on Umbrella Purchaser Issue

Written by on September 06, 2017.

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology v Hitachi, Ltd., 2017 ONSC 2791 In Fanshawe v Hitachi, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to fix the prices for CRT (an older technology used in televisions and computer monitors).  The plaintiff alleges breach of the Competition Act, RSC 1985, c C-34 (the “Competition Act”), and the tort of unlawful means conspiracy based on the alleged breach of the Competition Act. In August 2016, the Ontario court certi...

German Automakers

Written by on August 29, 2017.

This class action alleges that certain German Automakers conspired and/or agreed to lessen unduly competition in the production, manufacture, sale and/or supply of German Vehicles in Canada and elsewhere from January 1, 1996 to at least July 30, 2017. This class action seeks damages on behalf of people that purchased and/or leased a vehicle in Canada sold under the following brand names: Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. Receive Updates on This Case Veuillez cliquer ici ...

$500 Million Tim Hortons Class Action – A Warning for Franchisors Administrating Ad Funds

Written by on August 28, 2017.

Tim Hortons is the largest franchise system in Canada by number of franchised locations, operating with approximately 3,500 units nationally. Accordingly, any legal action relating to the business makes waves in the franchise community and serves as a warning to other franchisors. On June 19, 2017, an Ontario-based Tim Hortons franchisee filed a $500 million class action lawsuit (the “Claim”) against its franchisor, its franchisor’s parent, the company that distributes its advertising f...

Just Cause: All’s Well That Ends Well, But in the Meantime…

Written by on August 23, 2017.

It’s not news to readers of this blog that proving just cause for the dismissal of an employee is a high hurdle. Our clients also know that we usually recommend the continuation of a dismissed employee’s group benefits during negotiations post-dismissal.  Now there’s a case to highlight the important connection between these two principles. Remy Fernandes was a teacher at Mississauga Private School for 10 years, but not a good one. At trial, the judge found that Mr. Fernandes had: deli...

Best Lawyers Canada

Written by on August 22, 2017.

Siskinds is happy to extend congratulations to Charles Wright of class action litigation, Henry Berg of corporate law, Jim Virtue of insurance law, Andre Michael of medical negligence, and Jim Mays of personal injury litigation for their recognition in this year's edition of Best Lawyers Canada. Thank you for the hard work and dedication that earned this recognition. For more than 30 years, this list has used peer review to recognize the most outstanding lawyers in 145 practice areas. The...

And Who is my Neighbour? Superior Court Rejects Proposed Class Action by Survivors of the Rana Plaza Disaster

Written by on August 21, 2017.

Introduction In April 2013, Rana Plaza – an unsanctioned commercial building on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh home to several clothing manufacturers – collapsed. The failure was driven in part by the industrial equipment required to manufacture garments in the building, which had a poorly built structure and was unsuited to heavy industry. The accident was the deadliest of its kind in modern history: over 1100 people were killed, and thousands more were seriously injured. The fact...