Sept. 10, 2020 - Across the globe, courts are rapidly adapting their practices and procedures, initially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and now to the gradual resumption of activities and easing of restrictions. As Canadian provinces gradually move toward reopening, courts have also begun to reopen their...
Getting It Wright: The Detour Gold Standard of Expert Independence
In rejecting a motion by the plaintiffs for production of drafts of an expert report, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s recent decision in Wright v. Detour Gold Corp. endorses the Court of Appeal’s guidance regarding counsel’s dealings with expert witnesses as articulated in Moore v. Getahun. Of particular interest to litigation counsel, the decision in Wright builds upon the guidance in Moore by holding that it is entirely proper for an expert to retain independent legal counsel to assist in the preparation of his or her expert report.
This article was originally published in The Advocates’ Society newsletter Keeping Tabs, December 2016.
July 29, 2020 - In Atlantic Lottery Corp. Inc. v Babstock, 2020 SCC 19 (Babstock), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) clarifies the contentious doctrine of “waiver of tort” and provides helpful guidance on the way courts should assess novel claims at the stage of certification of a proposed...