A major tobacco company’s bid for production of a collection of British Columbia health-care databases containing coded health-care information has ended today, with the Supreme Court of Canada allowing the appeal of the province in dismissing Philip Morris International’s application. However, the tobacco giant and other defendants are still entitled to production of the databases if any of B.C.’s expert witnesses should rely on them.
In the first such Quebec case to be decided by the Supreme Court of Canada, a landowner’s bylaw challenge was found to be prescribed by a time limitation, but the court has allowed the case to continue in Quebec’s Superior Court on the unresolved claims, including for an indemnity of disguised expropriation.
The Advocates’ Society’s annual End of Term dinner, held last night in Toronto, marked the first time that journalists had been invited — and fittingly, perhaps, as the guest of honour was new Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner, who has prioritized connecting with the public and making the law more accessible to Canadians.
A one-time Pet Valu franchisee is liable for the franchisor’s costs in class action litigation he brought against Pet Valu Canada Inc., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday.
The federal government introduced new family-law legislation this week which introduces the first significant changes to the Divorce Act in 20 years and is more focussed on the best interests of the child.
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear three appeals this week, all relating to constitutional law, the Canadian charter, and two with production of evidence. In the first, most high-profile case, Vice Media will make a case for press freedom in refusing to share information on a story source, who was an ISIS fighter. The second two appeals relate to child luring via the internet.
The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, which found a forestry company liable for the death of a contract worker employed on its premises.
The Supreme Court of Canada has a full slate of appeal hearings this week: six criminal and one civil, on appeal from the Federal Court of Appeal.
With Bill C-25 receiving royal assent on May 1st, amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act are a little closer, including for diversity disclosure.
A Master of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has ruled in favour of one law firm but against another in a real estate leasing company’s lawsuits against both firms, in a “legal odyssey” he compared to the great classical work by Homer.