Articles

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR TIRES LATELY? By Brian Babcock The owner of a vehicle has a responsibility to make sure that their vehicle is safe to operate. This includes the condition and inflation of the tires.

On November 21, 2017, the Court of Appeal decided an unusual case, House v. Baird in which the owner of a vehicle being driven by his friend was found 50% responsible for that friend’s injuries, with the friend as driver equally responsible.
November 30, 2017
Let the Buyer "Beware" By Brad Smith Ghosts and goblins can play a role in the law. There is Latin phrase, caveat emptor, which means, let the buyer beware. This was never so true in a recent court case, 1784773 Ont. Inc. v K-W Labour Association et al. October 30, 2017
Relief Denied: Freedom of Contract Affirmed By Brian Babcock In a recent article, I explained how the Ontario Court of Appeal had clarified the law of “relief from forfeiture.” Now, the Court has considered the importance of confidence that bargains will be enforced. This means that relief from forfeiture must be rare, and subject to defined principles. October 27, 2017
CHANGES TO ONTARIO DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM By Paul Jasiura Disabled persons in Ontario are eligible for income support benefits through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). In order to ensure that only people in need receive the benefits, there is a limit on the assets owned by the recipients and on the income recipients may have from other sources. These limits have been slow to change and for years, people have argued that the rules were out of date. To its credit, the Ontario government has listened. September 20, 2017
Taylor Swift and a Dollar in Damages By Brian Babcock Taylor Swift only sued for one dollar in damages in her counter-suit for assault against the former radio DJ who had sued her for allegedly ruining his career. Odds are you know the story. August 15, 2017