What the Heck is the Deemed Undertaking Rule?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

One of the best ways for a litigator to learn is to sit in open court watching other litigators suffer through embarrassing court room experiences.  In one of my early days appearing on the Estates List, I had one such experience, and the litigator’s lesson that day centred on the ...

Bozo Eruption of Secret Tapes: A Litigator’s View

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

We have been hearing a lot lately about secret audio/video footage – from late night wild rants at the Steak Queen to a pro-life liberal MP chided by a conservative sympathiser into calling Justin Trudeau’s recent stance on abortion a “bozo eruption”. If you google the words “secret taping”, a list ...

Court of Appeal: Promise to Gift House to Son Unenforceable

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Kavanagh v. Lajoie serves as a reminder to folks on the receiving end of a promise not to count their chickens before they are hatched. In 2005, Mark Lajoie’s father promised to gift him a house in Ottawa.  The father then transferred title ...