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Published on: 2 Nov 2020 By

What is an honorarium, and is a representative plaintiff always entitled to a reward?

What is a representative plaintiff? In a class action, a representative plaintiff is a person who willingly steps forward and brings an action, in their name, on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals. They play an active role in the litigation and assume important duties and re…

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Published on: 23 Oct 2020 By

Bladder pain medication Elmiron linked to vision loss

Elmiron, a drug to treat a bladder condition affecting hundreds of thousands of Canadians, has been reported to cause vision loss in long-term users. Elmiron is an oral medication approved to treat interstitial cystitis (also known as painful bladder syndrome). Scientific studies link long-t…

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Published on: 22 Oct 2020 By

Assessing medical malpractice—an introduction

For many people, when considering a medical negligence (also known as a medical malpractice) action, the amount of the potential damages (financial compensation) is not the paramount concern. Often persons who have suffered harm at the hands of a health care professional want to ensure that …

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Published on: 16 Oct 2020 By

The Securities and Exchange Commission amends its whistleblower program

On September 23, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)  finalized changes to its highly successful whistleblower program (the “SEC Program”)1. Since it began, the SEC Program has paid over $500 million in total rewards to tipsters.  Earlier this June, one anonymous individu…

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Published on: 14 Oct 2020 By

Big changes on the way for child relocation/mobility cases

In September 2020, the Ontario government introduced Bill 207 – the Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act, 2020. If passed (as expected), this Bill will amend Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act (“CLRA”) and other Acts respecting various family law matters. The proposed amendments are largel…

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Published on: 14 Oct 2020 By

How to trim eDiscovery costs part one: Lay the groundwork

Budgeting, spending and saving are top of mind for many people and businesses this year. In these uncertain times we are all looking for ways to economize.  Discovery is often a costly step in litigation. Clients often ask how they can save money on their eDiscovery costs. In a plaintiff sid…

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Published on: 8 Oct 2020 By

Largest foodborne illness outbreak in years linked to onions contaminated with Salmonella

Hundreds of confirmed cases of Salmonella in Canada are linked to a nationwide outbreak arising from contaminated onions. It is the largest single outbreak of foodborne illness in Canada since 2014. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include: Nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal pain; headach…

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Published on: 7 Oct 2020 By ,

Divisional Court denies leave to appeal in Trailing Commission class action

In Stenzler v TD Asset Management Inc., the Ontario Divisional Court recently denied an appeal by TD Asset Management Inc. (“TDAM”) from a decision certifying the Plaintiff’s action to recover trailing commissions he alleges were improperly paid by TDAM to Discount Brokers1. TDAM pays traili…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

Leaves, layoffs and terminations: COVID’s impact on Ontario’s workplaces

In the ever-changing employment law landscape of 2020, it can be hard to keep pace and understand your options and responsibilities for your workforce. This blog will discuss some of our clients’ frequently asked questions about leaves, layoffs and terminations. Covid Related Leaves of Absen…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

It’ll never happen to us: Union avoidance in the age of COVID-19

Union organizing campaigns can start in several different ways, however many find at their root a feeling among employees of unfair or unequal treatment by their employer. Sometimes the friction point is pay and benefits, other times it is entitlement to a benefit or advantage that others ma…

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