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Supreme Court of Canada (partially) upholds judgment against former Livent auditor

On December 20, Canada’s highest court released a hotly anticipated decision that is almost certainly the final act in the more than 20 year saga of a formerly pre-eminent theater company, Livent Inc. and an accounting fraud by its senior management. This was a fraud that, among other things led to the 2009 criminal conviction of Livent founders, Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb.  Livent’s Receiver Manager sued former Livent auditor, Deloitte & Touche for issuing clean audit opinions and a comfort letter to potential investors in the face of  numerous red flags indicating fraud by senior management that it said Deloitte ... [more] Full article

Supreme Court of Canada to hear landmark auditor’s liability case

Today, on June 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada granted former Livent auditor, Deloitte & Touche, leave to appeal from the decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, ... [more] Full article

Curtains for auditor’s arguments at the Court of Appeal in Livent case

Livent Inc. (“Livent”) has prevailed at the Court of Appeal in its auditor’s negligence claim against Deloitte & Touche (“Deloitte”) concerning Deloitte’s failure to detect an accounting fraud carried out by Livent’s senior management. In the result, the trial judge’s $84,750,000.00 damage award (plus interest) was upheld. [more] Full article

No cause of action for third party claims against solicitors when negligent advice given about mitigation, Ontario Court of Appeal rules

In its decision released last Fall in Davy Estate v. CIBC World Markets Inc. , the Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed an Ontario Superior Court order striking out a third party claim in which the defendant had tried to sue the plaintiff’s lawyer. The third party claim had alleged that the plaintiff’s lawyer had given the plaintiff bad advice on the mitigation of her damages. In addition to finding that the third party claim against the plaintiff’s lawyer could not succeed at law, the Court of Appeal also cited policy reasons against permitting one party to sue another party’s lawyer for alleged negligence; noting that such claims undermine a lawyer’s loyalty to their client and invade the sanctity of the lawyer-client relationship. [more] Full article


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Kenneth A. Dekker

Kenneth A. Dekker

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

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 almost two decades 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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Meredith Hayward

Meredith Hayward

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

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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David N. Vaillancourt

David N. Vaillancourt

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

David Vaillancourt, a partner of the firm, focuses his practice expertise on Commercial and Civil Litigation, Competition and Administrative Law. David has acted for clients in a wide range of disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, securities litigation, class action defence, proceedings under the Competition Act, employment law disputes, contract disputes, breach of confidence/intellectual property disputes, fidelity bond claims, and professional negligence claims. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and has also appeared before the Competition Tribunal and the Federal Court of Appeal.

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