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.
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down as unconstitutional a Saskatchewan law that prevents public sector employees from striking.
By a 5-2 majority, the high court granted an appeal by the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour of the province’s controversial essential services law that restricts who can strike.
Amid declining comparable sales, McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) was hit by another set of troubles, announcing yesterday that workers in three different states were suing the company for wage theft and other labor malpractices.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has nominated Justice Marc Nadon of the Federal Court of Appeal to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada.
The vacancy was created by the mandatory retirement of former justice Morris Fish this past August.
Nadon is, among other things, a recognized expert in maritime law.
His selection by Harper comes after an all-party panel of MPs gave the prime minister a short list of three qualified candidates.
It took a few months longer than anticipated but Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, has finalized terms for a 20-year licence to operate the Irish National Lottery.
The €405-million licence that was purchased by a consortium that, in addition to Ontario Teachers, also includes An Post and An Post pension funds, was signed last October with the expectation that a definitive agreement would be signed by the end of the year.
TORONTO – A judge has ordered an Ontario police force to pay $345,000 to a woman who was found to have been repeatedly harassed after an officer released her identity as a confidential informant.
The civil case, which began almost 13 years ago, pitted a former resident of Whitby, Ont., against the Durham Region Police Service.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Russell Brown as his latest appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Brown, a former barrister and law professor, is taking over for the retiring Justice Marshall Rothstein, whose departure takes effect as of Aug. 31, Harper said Monday in a statement.
“Mr. Justice Brown brings to the court wide experience as a law professor and legal scholar, a barrister, and a judge at both the trial court and appellate levels,” Harper said.
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.