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Court Awards Full Costs in Insurance Coverage Dispute

Michael Lesage Michael Lesage   February 22, 2018

In the recent Hoang v The Personal Insurance Co., 2017 ONSC 4193 (CanLII) case, the Court ordered the insurance company to pay full indemnity costs (all legal fees) where the insurance company had wrongfully denied coverage. The Hoang case arose after a young boy was injured crossing the street, after having been dropped off on…

Insurance Coverage Issues After You’ve Been Sued In Ontario

Michael Lesage Michael Lesage   October 19, 2017

In this article I will discuss what you need to know about being sued in Ontario and how your insurance policy will come into play, including what to do if your insurance company denies coverage or asks you to sign a non-waiver agreement. What Should I Do If I Have Been Sued In Ontario? If…

Best Examination for Discovery Tips for My Clients

Michael Lesage Michael Lesage   June 14, 2017

Examinations for Discovery (also sometimes referred to as depositions) are arguably the most important step in many lawsuits. It is the one opportunity (in most cases) for the opposing lawyer to question a party and to gauge whether they will present as believable and likable at trial. In the majority of cases, those two factors…

Discoverability and Professional Relationships

Michael Lesage Michael Lesage   April 24, 2017

Recently, in Presidential MSH Corporation v. Marr Foster & Co. LLP, 2017 ONCA 325, the Court of Appeal again addressed the discoverability doctrine within the scope of professional relationships. This decision is likely to have significant implications in cases involving professional negligence. The facts of the Presidential MSH Corporation (Presidential) case were relatively straightforward. Presidential…

Defamation – Collection of Damage Awards

Michael Lesage Michael Lesage   April 10, 2017

Though defamation lawsuits are relatively rare, (likely owing to their cost and the fact that insurance coverage is not commonly available), damage awards can still be substantial, as illustrated in the recent McNairn v Murphy, 2017 ONSC 1678 (CanLII) case. In that decision, Justice Beaudoin canvassed awards from a number of other defamation cases, making…