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.
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.
TORONTO — Ontario’s top court has ruled that the public should fund a bid by Michael Rafferty to appeal his convictions in the murder of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford.
Appeal Court Justice Marc Rosenberg ruled today that Rafferty’s case is too complex for Rafferty to handle on his own with the assistance of duty counsel.
Rosenberg says in his decision that it’s in the interests of justice that Rafferty have a lawyer for his appeal and either Legal Aid Ontario or the government should pay.
Ontario’s top court says it’s illegal to hold a cellphone while driving even if it’s not transmitting and no matter how briefly it’s in a driver’s hand.
The Court of Appeal for Ontario released a pair of decisions Friday ordering two people convicted under the Highway Traffic Act for violating the ban on using cellphones while driving.
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada grappled Thursday with the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution law, as demonstrators from both sides of the issue aired their views with colourful flair on its outdoor steps.
Federal lawyer Michael Morris argued that the Ontario Court of Appeal went too far last year when it struck down the Criminal Code ban on bawdy houses on the grounds that the law puts sex workers in danger by forcing them to work outside.
Several big foreign tobacco companies lost a bid on Thursday to have a $50 billion lawsuit by the Ontario government thrown out of court.
Ontario’s Court of Appeal refused their request.
The three-judge panel unanimously said it sees no legal reason to overturn a lower court ruling that the case should proceed.
Ontario launched a lawsuit against 14 tobacco companies in September 2009 to try to recoup past and present health-care costs related to smoking.
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.