You Can’t Have It All: Hybrid Trials, Limited Discovery, and Modest Estates

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Lorraine Coombs died on April 27, 2012, leaving an estate worth approximately $756,249.00.  Her Last Will and Testament left her house and the residue of her estate to one of her four daughters, Susan Coombs (“Susan”).  Two of her other daughters, Diane Fergueson (“Diane”) and Charlene Coombs (“Charlene”), each ...

Costs and Proportionality: Marcus v. Cochrane 2014 ONCA 207

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Marcus v. Cochrane (released March 20, 2014) provides a clear statement of the court's willingness to take a hard look at the proportionality of costs awards, and reduce costs substantially, if necessary. The appeal arose out of a claim that Louise Marcus (“Marcus”) brought ...

Proper Lawyer Behaviour on Discovery, in the Age of Rob Ford

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Examinations for discovery can afford an excellent opportunity to determine the strength of the opposing party’s position. The discovery process also provides a chance to see a lawyer's oral advocacy skills in action. But sometimes, a lawyer's behaviour has the effect of disrupting the discovery process. In Tondera v. Vukadinovic, 2013 ONSC ...