News & Publications

Month: November 2012

Competing Class Actions: The Unsettled Law of Carriage Motions

Written by on April 24, 2018.

Class counsel trying to predict the outcome of a carriage motion has little to learn from two recent decisions by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Carriage motions are unique to class actions.  They arise when multiple class actions are filed for what is essentially the same case and counsel are unwilling to work together.  In these circumstances, the court is asked to determine which counsel (or counsel group) will have “carriage” of the class action. Courts are supposed to gr...

Legal Considerations for Start-Ups

Written by on April 18, 2018.

Introduction “Starting companies is a lot like launching rockets: if you’re a tenth of a degree off at launch, you may be a thousand miles off downrange” – Craig Johnson One of the most common mistakes start-ups make is not seeking legal advice when founding their company. While financial resources may be strained during the start-up phase of a business, having a solid legal foundation in place can help avoid major (and expensive) headaches down the line. Here are some important legal ...

Paula Lombardi to Speak at OBA Professional Development Program

Written by on April 16, 2018.

On Thursday, May 3 at 8:30am, join Paula Lombardi, environmental lawyer at Siskinds, for a professional development session at DoubleTree by Hilton London Ontario, led by the Ontario Bar Association. Paula will be leading a discussion on the topic, Environmental Contamination for the Transactional Lawyer: A Way Through the Maze. This presentation can be experienced in person or via webcast. For more information and to register, click here.

‘Predator’ Spouse, Take Note of Hunt v. Worrod

Written by on April 10, 2018.

Predatory marriages have drawn a lot of attention in recent years. They are believed to be on the rise. For families with single, elderly family members, this phenomenon is alarming. For Ontario’s estate litigators, the governing legal principles are infuriating. Too often in the past, the predatory spouse has prevailed because the common law offers limited recourse; that is, until Hunt v. Worrod.[1] Released in December 2017, Hunt v. Worrod may just have changed the legal landscape of predato...

New Hope for Brain Injuries: Pituitary Gland Testing

Written by on April 09, 2018.

At a medical conference I attended a few years ago, I recall one of the guest speakers said the only cure for a brain injury is avoidance.  He of course was referring to the school of thought that for the most part, neurons don’t recover after a brain injury.  While that may be open to debate, there is hope for improvement for some types of brain injury that often goes overlooked. The pituitary gland sits at the base of the brain, and is easily damaged with even a relatively mild i...

Mutual Fund Trailing Commissions Class Action

Written by on April 09, 2018.

In April 2018, Siskinds LLP and Bates Barristers P.C. filed a proposed class action against TD Asset Management Inc. (“TDAM”) regarding trailing commissions paid to discount brokers on TD mutual funds. The action alleges that TDAM, as the trustee and manager of TD mutual funds, pays substantial sums of money out of TD mutual funds as trailing commissions to discount brokers through which the mutual funds are sold.  TDAM describes the purpose of the trailing commissions as compensation fo...

Intellectual Property (IP) Firm Joins Siskinds LLP

Written by on April 05, 2018.

We are pleased to announce that on April 2, Anissimoff & Associates joined Siskinds LLP. Serge Anissimoff, Jaime Holroyd, Jessica Yaromich and Sina Giugno became members of our intellectual property (IP) team. The addition of these professionals expands our capabilities in legal services related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other aspects of intellectual property law. Welcome to the firm!

BMW Emissions

Written by on March 28, 2018.

On March 27, 2017 Siskinds filed a proposed class action against BMW and Bosch regarding certain BMW vehicles equipped with Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance engine technology. The proposed action alleges that BMW equipped affected vehicles with software that allows them to defeat emissions testing.  Bosch is alleged to have developed this software and supplied it to BMW. The action alleges that under common driving conditions, the vehicles emit levels of pollutants that are far higher th...

Invokana Class Action

Written by on March 16, 2018.

Invokana Siskinds LLP seeks to recover compensation for Canadians who were prescribed Invokana and who suffered related injuries. Invokana (canagliflozin) is a prescription medication indicated to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Invokana is also available in combination with metformin, under the brand name Invokamet. Invokana May Cause Serious Injuries According to various research studies and reports made by the FDA and Health Canada, Invokana may cause serious sid...

So You’re Interested in Buying a Franchise. What Next?

Written by on March 15, 2018.

So you’re interested in buying a franchise. What next? There are many reasons to buy a franchise. Whether you’re attracted to the prospect of running your own business, the support that being a part a franchise system offers, owning a business that already has an established presence and reputation, the higher rate of success franchised businesses experience over other start-ups or one of any other number of advantages of purchasing a franchise, it’s important that you carefully consider ...