TORONTO — An Ontario court has certified a class action against BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. involving unpaid overtime, the latest in several such actions against Canadian banks that seek hundreds of millions of dollars.
Lawyers say the latest class action covers more than 1,500 current and former investment advisers, associate investment advisers and investment adviser trainees employed by Nesbitt Burns since 2002.
Koskie Minsky LLP and Eli Karp at Merchant Law are representing the plaintiff in the action.
The case of a robber who ambushed employees of an Ottawa grocery store with a pellet gun is among six cases that will be decided Tuesday by Ontario’s Court of Appeal in what could be a landmark decision on the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes.
The stakes are high for the Conservative government’s justice agenda, since a decision finding the sentences unconstitutional would effectively strike down the sentences in Ontario.
A U.S. federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that complicated Canada’s plan to introduce expedited regulatory settlements that don’t require any admission of wrongdoing.
Canada was preparing to introduce so-called no-contest settlements in 2011 to speed up enforcement by quickly resolving cases that would otherwise be drawn out and expensive because of the need to prove or extract an admission of guilt.
QUEBEC — The Quebec government has announced that it will contest the latest nomination to the Supreme Court of Canada, adding a new layer of controversy to the process.
The provincial government says it’s weighing different options to block the Harper government’s appointment of Marc Nadon, which is already under attack.
The dispute, which is unusual in the naming of a Canadian Supreme Court justice, has already sidelined Nadon from hearing cases and left the high court short one judge.
The Ontario government has opened the possibility of appealing a court ruling — which allowed a young aboriginal girl with leukemia to abandon chemotherapy — after an unusual, belated decision to get involved in the contentious case.
The province has obtained a lengthy extension to the appeal period for a ruling that said the girl’s family had a constitutional right to treat her with traditional native remedies, and in the process reject conventional therapy.
It now has until March 13 to intervene and challenge that decision in the Court of Appeal.
Just what provinces must do to ensure juries are properly representative of the population in an area will be put to Canada’s highest court Monday in a case that could change the country’s jury landscape.
At issue, as the Supreme Court of Canada kicks off its fall session, is an appeal by Ontario in the case of an aboriginal man whose manslaughter conviction was thrown out because his jury had no First Nations members.
In a blow to Iran’s diplomatic immunity, Ontario’s Court of Appeal has ordered the country to pay court costs to Americans once held hostage by Iranian-backed terrorists, despite Tehran’s claim that it is unaccountable to Canadian courts.
The highly unusual order comes as claims against Iran for supporting international terrorism mount in Canadian courts. The cases are being brought by foreign terror victims seeking compensation through Iran’s assets in Canada.
TORONTO — Canada’s ban on marijuana was effectively upheld Friday when Ontario’s top court struck down the country’s laws related to medicinal pot much to the chagrin of activist groups.
In overturning a lower court ruling, the Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge had made numerous errors in striking down the country’s medical pot laws.
Among other things, the Appeal Court found the judge was wrong to interpret an earlier ruling as creating a constitutional right to use medical marijuana.