A fearless advocate for his clients, Steven acts in high-stakes, complex commercial disputes.
Steven assists Canadian and international clients in class action disputes and securities litigation matters. He also has substantial expertise in competition litigation, contractual disputes and franchise litigation. Steven offers clear and detailed advice to clients and appears before courts and tribunals across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Ontario Securities Commission. Corporations across a broad range of industries, including resource extraction, value Steven for his focus and sharp analytical skills.
Steven is a member of the legal task force of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. He has also provided pro bono representation to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation
Acted for McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation in a $200-million contractual indemnity claim arising out of the purchase of the Rexall Pharmacy Business and tort claims for alleged fraudulent misrepresentations in contract negotiation.
Royal Group, Inc.
Acted for Royal Group, Inc. in its successful defence of a wrongful dismissal action commenced by its former Chief Financial Officer. The action was dismissed by Justice Myers of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in July 2017, following a three-week trial in the Commercial List. Royal Group prevailed on every issue, proving that the Plaintiff's role in certain related party transactions gave rise to cause for dismissal notwithstanding that the Plaintiff had previously been acquitted of criminal charges brought against him in respect of those transactions.
Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
Acted for Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, a Turkish construction company, in its application before the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario for the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award rendered against the Kyrgyz Republic in a case of illegal expropriation of an hotel it owned and operated in Bishkek, capital city of Kyrgyzstan.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation and certain of its former and existing officers and directors in defending eight multi-billion dollar class actions commenced in jurisdictions across Canada pertaining to alleged breaches by Barrick of its disclosure obligations under the securities laws of Ontario and other provinces concerning Barrick's Pascua Lama mining project in Chile and Argentina.
Acted for LG Electronics and its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries in multiple class actions commenced across Canada. The class actions alleged that LG and a number of other electronics companies engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy in connection with the sale of optical disk drives and products containing them, and included a certification motion in the British Columbia Supreme Court and subsequent appeal in the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Stingray Group Inc.
Acted for Stingray Group Inc. in a $50-million claim against its franchisor in a fast-tracked action before the Commercial List of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in international tort litigation concerning the mining operations of an affiliate of Barrick in Africa, brought in the courts of Canada, the United Kingdom and Tanzania.
Supreme Court to Rule on Novel Claims Against Canadian Multinationals Operating Abroad
Jan. 22, 2019 - The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal in Araya v Nevsun Resources Ltd on January 23, 2019. The case involves a mine in Eritrea that is majority-owned and operated by a subsidiary of a Canadian company. At issue in the appeal is whether Eritrean nationals who allege that they...
Court of Appeal Opens the Floodgates to Umbrella Purchaser Claims in Ontario (For Now)
Oct. 26, 2018 - In Shah v LG Chem Ltd., the Court of Appeal for Ontario considered whether “umbrella purchasers” can assert statutory and common law claims in connection with alleged price-fixing conspiracies. Umbrella purchasers are those who purchase products directly or indirectly from...
Ontario Court of Appeal Denies Leave to Appeal Nortel Allocation Decision
May 04, 2016 - On May 3, 2016, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision (Leave Decision) denying leave to appeal from Justice Newbould’s allocation of the proceeds of sale of the remains of the Nortel Networks group of companies (Allocation Decision). The main points arising from the decision...
Securities Class Actions in Canada: The Supreme Court Weighs In
Dec. 04, 2015 - Earlier today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated decision in three Ontario securities class action cases: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v Green, Silver v IMAX Corporation and Trustees of the Millwright Regional Council of Ontario Pension Trust Fund v...
Parent Company Liability for Foreign Subsidiary’s Actions – Alarming New Trend?
Nov. 07, 2014 - A recent lawsuit in British Columbia is the latest example of an emerging trend in which plaintiffs are seeking to hold parent companies liable in negligence in relation to the actions of their foreign subsidiaries. Residents of Guatemala are suing Tahoe Resources Inc., a Canadian mining company...