News & Publications

Month: April 2016

Tactics Used by Insurers are “Borderline Harassment”

Written by on January 19, 2018.

Arbitrator Musson, in the recent decision SP and RBC Insurance, reviewed the conduct of Aviva Insurance (who bought out RBC Insurance) in adjusting an injury claim made by a young woman hurt in a motor vehicle collision. The decision concluded with a comment upon the behaviour and conduct of Aviva/RBC insurance staff which were observed as “borderline harassment”:[1] Further, the conduct and borderline harassment demonstrated by the Insurer as it related to some witnesses that the Insurer c...

Bubbles and Baubles – February 7, 2018

Written by on January 18, 2018.

The annual Bubbles & Baubles at Barney’s event is just three weeks away. Join us on Wednesday, February 7th from 5:30 – 10:00pm at Barney’s (671 Richmond Street) as we sip cocktails and indulge in beautiful artisan jewellery in support of Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Visit childhealth.ca/bubbles  for more information.

Safety at Rail Crossings

Written by on January 15, 2018.

Jason Zsoldos lost both arms and a leg when he collided with a train in 1994. He was struck at a railway crossing where the railway tracks intersect a roadway at the same grade: a level crossing. He was 22 years old. In the trial that followed, the operators of the crossing acknowledged that they owed a duty to the public to keep the crossings safe. They argued that although they owed that duty, they did what was reasonably required to satisfy their obligations. They argued that they were not...

Ford Emissions Class Action

Written by on January 11, 2018.

On January 10, 2018  Siskinds LLP and Sotos LLP filed a proposed national class action against Ford and Bosch regarding certain diesel-powered F-Series Super Duty trucks. Siskinds' Québec-based affiliate, Siskinds Desmeules, also filed a similar action on behalf of Québec residents. The proposed actions allege that Ford equipped affected vehicles with software that allows them to defeat emissions testing. Bosch is alleged to have developed this software and supplied it to Ford. The actions...

Daniel Bach Interviewed by BNN about TD & RBC Trading Service Outage

Written by and on January 08, 2018.

On January 5th, class actions lawyer Daniel Bach spoke with BNN regarding the TD and RBC trading service outage. He gave his opinion on whether or not it had valid issues for a class action lawsuit. Catch his full interview here, starting at 1:08.

Welcoming Three New Partners – January 2018

Written by on January 04, 2018.

Siskinds LLP is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2018, Rasha El-Tawil and Michael Polvere were admitted as partners of Siskinds LLP, and Caroline Perrault as a partner of Siskinds Desmeules LLP, our Quebec affiliate. These lawyers have excelled in their respective areas of personal injury law, commercial litigation, and class actions, and will be a strong addition to our partnership team. An excellent way to start 2018!

Twelve FAQ for Wills and Estates

Written by on January 03, 2018.

Siskinds’ Will and Estate Lawyers respond to hundreds of calls each year. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions I am asked, and my standard responses. How do we find out if there is a will? What happens in an intestacy? When is there a reading of the will? How do I get a copy of the will? What is required for a will to be valid? If there is more than one will, which one is valid? When should I receive my inheritance? The estate trustee (executor) is no...

New Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 Will Affect Calculation of New Year’s Day Holiday Pay

Written by on January 02, 2018.

Happy New Year, everyone! Effective January 1, 2018, the method used for calculating public holiday pay has changed, meaning that the way employers are required to pay qualifying employees for New Year's Day will be different than the method used for calculating Christmas and Boxing Day pay. Prior to January 1, employers calculated public holiday pay by taking the employee's earnings over the previously worked four weeks and dividing that number by 20. Now, employers must base public holiday ...

The Risks of Cutting Off an Employee’s Insurance Benefits After Termination

Written by on December 29, 2017.

We frequently warn our clients about the significant risks of prematurely cutting off an employee's insurance benefits post-termination. Here is an excellent article from the Globe & Mail explaining the reasons for that advice. If you have any questions regarding this article or any other labour and employment topics, please contact anyone from Siskinds' labour and employment team.  

Skiing Safely this Winter Season

Written by on December 28, 2017.

Christmas has come and gone, and we are excited to get onto the slopes, many of us with new skis and snowboards. For many families, the Christmas and March breaks mean heading to the ski slopes for fun, excitement, and building of great memories. Unfortunately, this also means that the emergency departments at hospitals near the ski hills also get busy. Here are ten things to think about to help make sure your trip home from the hill does not include a stop at the hospital: Wear a helme...