Lawsuits for climate disasters?
Lawsuits against private firms for climate disaster compensation may not be winnable yet, but important groundwork is being laid. In groundbreaking peer-reviewed research, researcher Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute offers the most complete picture to date of which insti…Continue reading the post titled Lawsuits for climate disasters?
Landmark lead paint abatement case decided in California
In a landmark lead paint liability case, the Superior Court of California has held three of five paint companies liable for public nuisance. The court ordered them to clean up lead paint in California residences painted before 1978, at a total cost of $1.15 billion. The use of lead in interi…Continue reading the post titled Landmark lead paint abatement case decided in California
Withdrawal of Life Support: What does the Cuthbertson and Rubenfeld v. Rasouli decision mean for patients and families?
The family of a patient requiring life support struggles with painful decisions over life and death. The difficulty of these decisions is intensified when the patient’s substitute decision-maker (usually a close family member) and attending physicians disagree as to whether life sustaining m…Continue reading the post titled Withdrawal of Life Support: What does the Cuthbertson and Rubenfeld v. Rasouli decision mean for patients and families?
Ecojustice launches Northern Gateway lawsuit
Ecojustice has filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to force the Joint Review Panel to go back to the drawing board and remedy flaws in its final environmental assessment report on the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. In December, the Joint Review panel recommended that the pipeline be a…Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice launches Northern Gateway lawsuit
Goodbye to Nanticoke, and all that coal
January 8 marked the last day of operation of the Nanticoke Generating Station, the last operating coal-fired electrical generating facility in southern Ontario. This latest shut down will help mark 2014 as the year Ontario will become a coal-free jurisdiction. Nanticoke was once the worst a…Continue reading the post titled Goodbye to Nanticoke, and all that coal
Public Access to documents through the Environmental Registry
In two cases we blogged about last month (Brimley Progress v. Director, MOE and Environment Hamilton v. Director, MOE), the ERT found that the public should have access to the documents that support Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) applications, or form part of their the final ECAR…Continue reading the post titled Public Access to documents through the Environmental Registry
Step-parents pay child support too
If you are a step-father or step-mother and your spousal relationship breaks down, you may be obligated to pay child support to your former spouse for the support of your step-child. In this article Nadine Russell looks at some of the factors the courts will consider when deciding whether or…Continue reading the post titled Step-parents pay child support too
Tribunal cracks down on non-expert anti-wind “experts”
Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal approved another wind farm on December 24, 2013, in Bovaird v. Director, Ministry of the Environment. In addition to rejecting the Charter argument, described earlier this week, Bovaird was notable for a slightly tougher approach to witnesses who propo…Continue reading the post titled Tribunal cracks down on non-expert anti-wind “experts”
Disclose that contamination? Or not?
Owners of contaminated sites are sometimes reluctant to disclose what they know, hoping to get rid of the liability with the property. Anyone who is so tempted will want to follow what happens in 1623242 Ontario Inc. v. Great Lakes Copper Inc., 2013 ONSC 7935 and 2013 ONSC 2548. In this case…Continue reading the post titled Disclose that contamination? Or not?
Predatory Marriage: A Modern Day Marriage Trap
Predatory marriages are a developing phenomenon in Ontario. Predatory spouses take advantage of elderly victims and assume control of their financial affairs. This can have severe consequences for the victim and their family. Recently Canadian courts have taken a stricter stance on what sort…Continue reading the post titled Predatory Marriage: A Modern Day Marriage Trap