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It’s no lie: Supreme Court recognizes contractual duty of good faith

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew significantly evolves the common law of contract by recognizing a general common law duty of good faith contractual performance, and in particular a specific duty to act honestly in the performance of contractual obligations. Harish Bhasin had an “enrolment director” contract with Canadian American Financial Corp (“Can-Am”) pursuant to which Mr. Bhasin sold Can Am’s education savings plans. This was an exclusive contract – Mr. Bhasin was only allowed to sell Can-Am’s products. Mr. Bhasin built a sales force over 10 years, and became one of Can-Am’s top producers. Mr. ... [more] Full article

Credit cards subject to provincial disclosure laws

The perennial question in Canadian law (and politics) is: is it federal or provincial? In the case of credit cards issued by banks, the answer is "both". Although banks are a federal responsibility, provincial consumer protection laws mandating disclosure of contract terms apply to banks that issue credit cards, the Supreme Court held recently in three decisions issued the same day. [more] Full article

Shareholder spat leaves plaintiffs with no remedy, and an order to pay $2.7 million in costs

The case of Harris v. Leikin Group Inc. provides another illustration of the messy, and costly, fallout that can occur when there is a dispute within a successful family business. [more] Full article

Cheerios: Download a coupon, lose your right to sue

A recent New York Times article warned consumers that by clicking "Like" on the Facebook page of General Mills, the maker of Cheerios and other products, they would be agreeing to limit themselves to resolve disputes with the company through informal emails or binding arbitration. [more] Full article


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Justice Brown Reins in Post-Discovery Summary Judgment Motions

In his recent Endorsement in 1318214 Ontario Limited v. Sobeys Capital Incorporated (2012 ONSC 2784), ... [more]
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Michael Binetti

Michael Binetti

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Michael Binetti, a partner of the firm, brings a proven litigation background plus extensive experience in arguing both trials and appeals. He has demonstrated his strategic legal capability and expertise in wide-ranging areas of litigation, including business and construction disputes, fraud, employment law, competition investigations, private competition actions, elections law and dealing with municipal and government regulators.

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Fiona Campbell

Fiona Campbell

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Fiona brings strong legal research and writing skills in the areas of commercial litigation, securities and insurance law.

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Kenneth A. Dekker

Kenneth A. Dekker

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Kenneth (Ken) Dekker, a partner of the firm, is a successful trial and appellate lawyer who is valued by his clients as a resourceful and practical litigation counsel. With more than 12 years of experience, Ken has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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The Hon. David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C., ICD.D

The Hon. David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C., ICD.D

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University and Host of the Ryerson Negotiation Project; David is highly regarded for his substantial, in-depth experience in both the private and public sectors, at both the national and international level. He has engaged in business activities throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Australia, China, Japan, Sweden, Israel, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Barbados, to name but a few.

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Matthew Gibson

Matthew Gibson

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Matthew Gibson is a valued addition to the AGM team with his hands-on experience in the litigation arena. Matthew's practice focus is commercial and civil litigation, administrative law and employment law.

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Meredith Hayward

Meredith Hayward

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Meredith has earned an impressive reputation for her skill and abilities in Commercial Litigation and Administrative Law, appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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W. Michael G. Osborne

W. Michael G. Osborne

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Michael is a respected and practised litigator who acts for and advises parties in a wide range of competition matters, a variety of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholders' disputes, commercial fraud, and employment matters, and also in administrative law and constitutional issues. Michael has been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). Michael is a frequent contributor to newsletters published by the ABA's Anti-trust Section, The Litigator and often quoted by The Financial Post, The Lawyer's Weekly, Lexpert Magazine and other publications of interest to the legal community.

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Kyle J. Peterson

Kyle J. Peterson

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Kyle's commercial litigation and advocacy practice offers particular expertise in securities, insurance, construction and employment disputes.

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Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville

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Chris Somerville demonstrates broad-ranging skills and knowledge in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, securities and employment law.

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