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Month: June 2018

Legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018

Written by on June 20, 2018.

Canadian employers should be ready for the legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018. The Senate voted to pass the Liberal government’s Bill C-45 on June 19, 2018 and today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the October 17, 2018 date, which allows the provinces and territories some time to implement distribution and sale laws. For more information on what impact that this has for your organization, you can read more at: Dazed and Confused: Marijuana in t...

CTV News Interviews Bridget Moran about ReproMed Fertility Class Action

Written by on June 19, 2018.

CTV News interviews Siskinds LLP’s Bridget Moran for the ReproMed Fertility class action. Watch the full interview here. For more information or to join the class action, visit our web page: http://siskinds.com/repromed

ReproMed Fertility

Written by on June 18, 2018.

Siskinds LLP has filed a proposed class action relating to the malfunction of a cryogenic storage tank at a fertility clinic in Etobicoke, Ontario. The lawsuit alleges that on or about May 22, 2018, there was a malfunction in a cryogenic storage tank manufactured by Chart Industries, Inc. and located at ReproMed – the Toronto Institute for Reproductive Medicine. As a result of the malfunction, the eggs and embryos stored in the storage tank are no longer viable. The proposed class action...

Update: SCC Grants Leave to Appeal on Umbrella Purchaser Issue

Written by on June 18, 2018.

A recent hot topic in price-fixing class actions has been whether so-called “umbrella purchasers” have a cause of action. See our recent articles here and here. Umbrella purchasers are individuals who purchased the affected product from  non-conspirator manufacturers. In support of umbrella purchaser claims, plaintiffs argue that cartel members dominated  the relevant market to such an extent that they were able to drive up prices across the entire market. As a result, non-conspirator manu...

BMO and Simplii Financial Privacy Breach

Written by on June 15, 2018.

Siskinds LLP and JSS Barristers commenced a proposed class action against Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) and a proposed class action against Bank of Montreal (“BMO”). The proceedings, filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, arise from the recently disclosed cybersecurity breaches involving CIBC’s direct banking division, Simplii Financial, and BMO. According to the defendants, the data breaches resulted in the theft of sensitive personal information of up to 40,000...

Raymond Leach Speaking at Straight from the Bench – June 14

Written by on June 12, 2018.

Siskinds partner Raymond Leach will be speaking at the 13th Annual Straight from the Bench Conference on June 14th. Raymond will participate in a panel discussion on estoppel and constructive trusts with The Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Leach, Anne Marie Frauts of Frauts Dobbie, and Lou Anne Farrell of Ferguson Patterson PC. The conference is taking place at the London Convention Centre, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The agenda is fully loaded this year and contains EDI hours in addition to CPD hou...

Cyber Security: Peter Dillon and LEDC host session on June 14

Written by on May 29, 2018.

On Thursday, June 14, Peter Dillon will join the LEDC and other industry leaders in hosting a half-day information session about cyber security. This session is targeted to founders, CEO's, senior IT leads, and decision makers in small-to-medium sized businesses in London. Ideal sectors include digital creative, professional services, manufacturing, food processing, and health and life sciences. Book your tickets and join this informative session at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre.

Thompson Fuels Ordered to Pay Costs

Written by on May 28, 2018.

The case of Gendron v. Thompson Fuels, related to a home furnace oil tank that developed a leak in December 2008. The leak caused damage to the Gendron’s home and the surrounding environment, including nearby Sturgeon Lake. The City of Kawartha Lakes cleaned up the Lake. On July 17, 2017 the court released its decision on this matter, (2017 ONSC 4009) granting judgement in favour of Gendron against Thompson Fuels. The court appropriated 60% liability to Gendron and 40% to Thompson Fuels. Th...

Neonicotinoids Case Proceeds

Written by on May 22, 2018.

In July 2016 The David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Friends of the Earth, and the Ontario Nature and Wilderness Committee collectively filed an application requesting that the Federal Court declare that Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (“PMRA”) practice of registering neonicotinoid pesticides for use in Canada without being provided the supporting scientific information is unlawful. The environmental groups argue that PMRA’s course of conduct in initially registering a...

Back to the Future – Public Holiday Changes Reversed

Written by on May 09, 2018.

As we wrote in January, recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) under Bill 148 included a new method for calculating Public Holiday Pay. However, after widespread criticism from employers, the Ontario government announced Monday that it would be conducting a review of the Public Holiday Pay system. Pending this review, as of July 1, 2018, the former system for calculating Public Holiday Pay will be reintroduced. The government has already passed the Regulation effect...