Jim works in close partnership with clients to provide strategic, creative solutions for their complex litigation. They value his responsiveness and dedication. As one client states, he communicates “at a level for the business folks clearly and concisely.” (Chambers Global 2016)
He has significant trial expertise across a diverse range of areas, including advertising and deceptive or unfair trade practice disputes, franchise disputes, class actions, securities litigation, defamation, misuse of confidential information claims and sports-related matters.
Known for his bold approach as a trial lawyer, Jim represents clients on their most challenging issues, including a precedent-setting case involving deceptive advertising allegations and a landmark case before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Jim was awarded the 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity & Inclusion to recognize his pro bono work with global athletes. He has also served as Athlete Ombudsperson to the Canadian Olympic Committee. Jim is the vice-chair of the board of directors of Camp Oochigeas.
Robert Schad and Athena Automation Limited
Successfully acted for Robert Schad and his company Athena Automation Limited defending a series of claims for misuse of confidential information against them by Husky Injection Molding Systems Limited that were dismissed following a lengthy trial on the Commercial List.
Acted for Freshii Inc. in a number of matters, including disputes with franchisees.
Wind Power Developers
Representing wind power developers before the Environmental Review Tribunal and the Divisional Court responding to challenges to three of the largest wind energy projects undertaken in Ontario. These proceedings included an allegation that Ontario's wind energy regime violates section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Rogers Communications Inc.
Successfully defended Rogers Communications Inc. in a precedent-setting misleading advertising case brought by the Commissioner of Competition. This case resulted in a lengthy 3-month trial that involved the first constitutional challenge to certain provisions of the Competition Act.
Successfully represented Dutee Chand, an Indian-born sprinter, in a landmark international sports ruling suspending the operation of the International Association Athletic Federation's Hyperandrogenism Regulation, which screens female athletes on the basis of their natural testosterone levels.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
Successfully represented the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in upholding the decision of the IPC to exclude the Russian Paralympic Committee from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Represented Google Inc., jointly with local British Columbia counsel, in the appeal of a precedent setting decision granting a world-wide injunction requiring Google to block certain search results from its search engine.
Rogers Communications Inc.
Acted for Rogers Communications Inc. in connection with a number of consumer class actions, including claims relating to alleged misrepresentations about long distance charges, a class action seeking damages of $100 million alleging that certain cable services of Rogers were not available as advertised and a multi-billion dollar class action proceedings across Canada to recover "system access fees" charged to consumers by wireless service providers in Canada in the period since 1987.
Acted for Stingray Digital in a $50-million claim against its franchisor in a fast-tracked action before the Commercial List of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
HudBay Minerals Inc.
Acted for Jaguar Financial Corporation, a shareholder of HudBay Minerals Inc., in its successful and precedent-setting application to the Ontario Securities Commission to set aside a decision of the Listing Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange and compel HudBay to obtain shareholder approval in respect of HudBay's proposed $550-million acquisition of Lundin Mining Corporation. This case led to the termination of the proposed transaction and ultimately to the removal from office of members of the Board of Directors of HudBay.
In the News
Precedent Magazine: Athletes in Trouble Call on James Bunting
Mar. 10, 2017 - Davies litigation partner James Bunting was featured in the spring issue of Precedent Magazine. The article describes Jim’s notable work in sports law, which began when, as a law student, he helped a friend get reinstated on the national alpine team. While Jim has forged a dynamic career...
A Paperless Courtroom: Embracing the Use of Electronic Trials
Sept. 23, 2016 - In this article, James Bunting, Chantelle Spagnola and Anisah Hassan discuss a number of innovative practices that were adopted by the parties and the court in the Husky v. Schad trial heard in the Ontario Superior Court (Commercial List) in late 2015 and show how the adoption of those...
Summer of Sport – Gender Policing at International Sporting Events
July 20, 2016 - LexisNexis
Applying Team Sanctions for Doping
July 07, 2016 - Earlier this year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a two-year sanction to 34 players of the Essendon Football Club. None of the 34 players tested positive for a prohibited substance, but the CAS was comfortably satisfied on the evidence before it that each of the players had...
In the News
Flip Your Wig for Justice Champions James Bunting and Chantelle Spagnola Discuss Their Pro Bono Work
Mar. 02, 2016 - Davies partner James Bunting and associate Chantelle Spagnola talk about their pro bono work in sports-related disputes to promote Flip Your Wig for Justice, a campaign to support access to justice in Ontario. In an interview in the Flip Your Wig insert in Law Times, Jim and Chantelle...
In the News
Groundbreaking Victory for Sprinter Dutee Chand Garners International Media Attention
July 29, 2015 - News outlets around the world have been reporting on the precedent-setting decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowing Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to compete. Ms. Chand had been barred from competition because sports officials had deemed her natural testosterone levels too high. ...
Historic Ruling Declares Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter, Eligible to Compete
July 27, 2015 - In a precedent-setting decision, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled that Dutee Chand, a 19-year-old Indian sprinter, is immediately and unconditionally eligible to compete after being barred from competition because sports officials had deemed her natural testosterone levels too...
Mar. 06, 2015 - When you follow a guide off piste you are letting your guide take your life in their hands. Before doing so you will no doubt vet the qualifications of your guide to ensure that they have the necessary experience and skill to lead you safely down the mountain. The experience of the...
Useful Websites for Civil Litigators
Dec. 31, 2014 - Law Society of Upper Canada
Is Your Third-Party Decision Maker an Arbitrator or an Expert?
Feb. 04, 2014 - As an alternative to resolving issues before the courts, parties frequently include dispute resolution clauses in their commercial contracts setting out how certain issues or potential disputes will be resolved and by whom. These clauses often take the form of an arbitration agreement, pursuant to...
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Dispute Resolution: Ontario—Up & Coming (2016)
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Class Action (Litigation Star); General Commercial (Litigation Star); Securities (Litigation Star)
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Lawyer to Watch
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial
Lexpert Zenith Award—Diversity and Inclusion (2016)
Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Expert Guides’ Rising Stars