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Ecuadorean Villagers Continue Legal Battle Against Chevron

Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation 2017 ONSC 135 (CanLII)

The saga continues.  This case returned to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for consideration after a hearing at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Forty-seven individual plaintiffs in this action, representing approximately 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorian villagers, are suing Chevron and Chevron Canada to attempt to enforce a  US$9.5 billion judgment.  The enforcement proceedings first came before the Ontario Court where a motions judge – Justice D.M. Brown (now on the Ontario Court of Appeal) – held that the Ontario Court had jurisdiction to recognize and enforce the Ecuadorian judgment but on his own motion stayed the proceedings.  The Ontario Court of Appeal over-ruled Justice Brown’s imposition of a discretionary stay but upheld his decision on the jurisdictional issue.  The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal. 

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Court of Appeal Upholds Substantial Damage Award Against Durham Police

In a decision released this week – Nissen v. Durham Regional Police Services Board, 2017 ONCA 10  – the Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld a trial decision which awarded a woman substantial damages for “emotional and psychological injury”  against the Durham Police Force for what she pleaded was “breach of informer privilege”.

The plaintiff lived with her husband and two children on a quiet street in Whitby, Ontario.  On occasion, the plaintiff asked the teenaged son of one of her neighbours to babysit her children.  One day when the plaintiff asked another neighbour to babysit, her usual babysitter became angry.  The plaintiff was disturbed by what she regarded as his irrational and frightening behaviour.  The plaintiff subsequently learned from another neighbour that the babysitter had broken into the neighbour’s home, stolen guns, and with his brother had taken the guns to school and threatened students.   

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Chinese School Challenges Ontario Move to Revoke Credit-Granting Authority

An article published in the Ottawa Citizen “Chines School Challenges Ontario Move to Revoke Credit-Granting Authority” profiles the world Harris Rosen, Young Park and Alan Wolfish are doing on behalf of their client, a private school in Shanghai, who is fighting the Ontario government’s decision to terminate the academy’s ability to offer credits toward and Ontario Secondary School.

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Court of Appeal: No Duty to Mitigate if Employment for Fixed Term

On April 8, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed that an employee whose employment is subject to a fixed term, is upon early termination of his employment, entitled to payment of an amount equal to his salary and benefits for the unexpired term of the contract, with no duty to mitigate.

In the case of Howard v. Benson Group Inc. 2016 ONCA 256the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the summary judgment decision of Justice Donald MacKenzie of the Superior Court of Justice.  Benson had employed Howard pursuant to the terms of a written employment agreement.  The agreement provided for a fixed five year term but also provided that Benson could terminate Howard’s employment at any time “in accordance with the terms and conditions of this agreement”.  Specifically, a paragraph of the agreement provided that upon termination, Howard would only be entitled to receive  amounts in accordance with the Employment Standards Act of Ontario. 

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Appeal Court Finds Judicial Bias on Jurisdiction Motion

In a recently released decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal found that a motion judge’s actions on a jurisdiction motion gave rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias.  As a result, the Court of Appeal set aside the order made at the motion and ordered that the jurisdiction motion be heard again before a different judge of the Ontario Superior Court.  The full decision is report at Stuart Budd & Sons Limited v. IFS Vehicle Distributors ULC, 2016 ONCA 60.

In the action, various plaintiffs, including plaintiffs in Ontario, sued four foreign defendants for breach of franchise agreements.  The defendants brought a motion to dismiss the action arguing that the Ontario court lacked jurisdiction.  In the alternative, they asked the court to stay the action on the basis of forum non conveniens.  The motion was heard before Justice David Corbett of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  Justice Corbett dismissed the motion.  He found that there was jurisdiction simpliciterin Ontario for all claims, including for those claims that had arisen in other Canadian provinces.  He also held that Ontario was the most convenient forum in which a single proceeding would be held. 

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Appeal Court Finds Judicial Bias on Jurisdiction Motion

In a recently released decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal found that a motion judge’s actions on a jurisdiction motion gave rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias.  As a result, the Court of Appeal set aside the order made at the motion and ordered that the jurisdiction motion be heard again before a different judge of the Ontario Superior Court.  The full decision is report at Stuart Budd & Sons Limited v. IFS Vehicle Distributors ULC, 2016 ONCA 60.

In the action, various plaintiffs, including plaintiffs in Ontario, sued four foreign defendants for breach of franchise agreements.  The defendants brought a motion to dismiss the action arguing that the Ontario court lacked jurisdiction.  In the alternative, they asked the court to stay the action on the basis of forum non conveniens.  The motion was heard before Justice David Corbett of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  Justice Corbett dismissed the motion.  He found that there was jurisdiction simpliciterin Ontario for all claims, including for those claims that had arisen in other Canadian provinces.  He also held that Ontario was the most convenient forum in which a single proceeding would be held. 

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