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 ...

When Will A Court Order A Mental Examination?

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

In what circumstances will a court order a plaintiff to undergo a mental examination to determine whether she is a party under a legal disability who has to be represented by a litigation guardian? This was one of the issues for the court to determine in the recent Ontario case ...