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Class Actions Team Ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Canada 2019

Written by on September 24, 2018.

The class actions team at Siskinds LLP has been ranked in the top band of the Chambers Canada 2019 guide, issued by international legal research organization, Chambers and Partners. Also of notable achievement was the inclusion of four partners who were recognized for their individual stature in the field of class actions. Commentary from the guide includes the following accolades for these partners: Charles Wright is considered one of the "most effective business people" in the Canadian p...

Eritrean Refugees Can Sue for Slavery and Forced Labour, B.C. Court of Appeal Says

Written by on November 24, 2017.

It is rare to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the common law using human rights principles. Araya v Nevsun Resources Ltd., a case that I, colleagues at Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman LLP (CFM) and Toronto lawyer James Yap prosecute, is the rare opportunity to do so in the context of allegedly barbarous acts that, if proven, would be contrary to norms standing at the apex of our system of internationally-protected fundamental human rights. So far, the case has survived a...

Toward Justice – The Road Ahead in Garcia v Tahoe Resources Inc.

Written by on July 17, 2017.

"Get those coming up from under! Los de Abajo! Get the underdogs!" [i] On June 8, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada refused Tahoe Resources Inc.’s application for leave to appeal the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decision in Garcia v. Tahoe Resources Inc., 2017 BCCA 39.[ii] I can only assume the plaintiff farmer, Adolfo Garcia, and his remaining co-plaintiffs, must be feeling some satisfaction; perhaps, similar to that of the farmer-turned-revolutionary, Demetrio Macías, in the early ...

A Case for Parent-Entity Tort Liability for Wrongful Conduct at Subsidiary Operations

Written by on September 30, 2016.

The development of the common law depends on the Bar proposing something new when circumstances require.  I recognize that’s not new thinking.  Denning said it in 1954 and certainly better than me, in Parker: If we never do anything which has not been done before, we shall never get anywhere. The law will stand still while the rest of the world goes on, and that will be bad for both.[i] Unfortunately, it is not always widely known when developments are being sought.  Consider the recent ...