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Report from Relativity Fest 2017

Written by on October 31, 2017.

Members of our e-Discovery group recently attended Relativity Fest in Chicago.   This annual four day conference is hosted by the legal software company Relativity and is attended by over 2000 people in the legal tech industry. Siskinds uses Relativity to manage large document collections exchanged during the litigation process.   While a software conference may not sound like a good time, we love it and look forward to it every year. The key takeaways from Relativity Fest centered on imp...

Class Actions Team Ranked Top-Tier Nationwide

Written by on October 06, 2017.

Congratulations to Siskinds’ team of class action lawyers for their recognition as a top-tier plaintiff class action team nationwide by Chambers and Partners. Congratulations also to lawyers Charles Wright, Michael Robb and Linda Visser who were individually recognized. We are proud of the on-going growth and leadership shown by this team and are looking forward to continued success in the years to come. Since 1990, Chambers and Partners, based in London, UK, has grown to become a well-rega...

Best Lawyers Canada

Written by on August 22, 2017.

Siskinds is happy to extend congratulations to Charles Wright of class action litigation, Henry Berg of corporate law, Jim Virtue of insurance law, Andre Michael of medical negligence, and Jim Mays of personal injury litigation for their recognition in this year's edition of Best Lawyers Canada. Thank you for the hard work and dedication that earned this recognition. For more than 30 years, this list has used peer review to recognize the most outstanding lawyers in 145 practice areas. The...

Linda Visser Quoted in Law Times about Umbrella Purchaser Claims

Written by and on June 19, 2017.

Linda Visser was interviewed by the Law Times last month to get her views on the recent Divisional Court decision, Shaw v LG Chem Ltd. Read the full article here.

Volkswagen and Audi Settlement Approved

Written by on April 21, 2017.

Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel announced today that both the Québec and Ontario Courts have granted approval of the nationwide settlement agreement to resolve consumer claims in Canada related to the 2.0L diesel emissions matter for approximately 105,000 affected vehicles. The Ontario Court will also be subsequently providing additional reasons for granting approval. Charles Wright, a partner at Siskinds LLP and one of the lead counsel for vehicle owners, said, “This settlement resp...

Congratulations, Paula Boutis!

Written by on April 21, 2017.

Siskinds warmly congratulates Paula Boutis from our Environmental Group on her appointment to the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”), effective May 1, 2017. With her appointment as a full-time member to the Ontario Municipal Board, Paula Boutis will be leaving private practice after nearly 17 years. Since arriving at Siskinds in the fall of 2015, Paula Boutis has been an integral part of the Environmental Group, assisting clients on a wide variety of challenging environmental issues. We’ll...

Ontario’s First Cap and Trade Program Auction

Written by on April 07, 2017.

On April 3, 2017 Ontario announced the results of its first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances (GHG Auction) that was held March 22, 2017. The cap and trade program has a market cycle consisting of compliance periods. In each compliance period there are emission allowance distributions, auctions, emissions reporting deadlines, and one single “true-up” (this is where the Capped Participant submits the required number of its emission allowances and credits for the compliance per...

Unproven Complaints Against Employers Could Soon be Released to the Public

Written by on February 07, 2017.

The Toronto Star has recently started a legal challenge that, if successful, may result in human rights, occupational health and safety, and other complaints made against employers being made public, despite the fact that those allegations are unproven. Most hearings today are not handled by the courts but are instead administered by a collection of boards and tribunals established by the province of Ontario. These agencies were created in order to reduce the number of cases heard by the cour...

Resignation: Can You Take it Lying Down?

Written by on January 05, 2017.

Say you’re an employer facing the prospect of being overstaffed. Some managers have recently left your employ but their support staff remain. You meet with one of your employees to discuss some upcoming changes to their job description in light of this impending overstaffing. They are upset by these changes, but the meeting ends and you think nothing more of it. The next day, the employee comes into work, packs up their things and walks out the door. You hear nothing from them for days. They...

Fines for Failing to Properly Dispose of Asbestos Waste

Written by on January 05, 2017.

On December 8, 2016 an individual was convicted for transporting asbestos waste, storing asbestos, and failing to comply with the conditions of a Ministry order contrary to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”). The individual operated a business providing asbestos removal services. The individual was investigated by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“Ministry”) for two violations of the Environmental Protection Act. During the first investigatio...