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ALF KWINTER ADMITTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS

Toronto, Ontario – Alf Kwinter has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony at which Alf became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 850 persons during the Induction Ceremony at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the College in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting had a total attendance of 1,020. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Children and Cycling in Toronto

Cycling on the roadway, in and of itself, is an activity that brings about a higher risk of serious injury because cyclists are not protected by a car’s exterior like motorists are. Young children are even more vulnerable while riding bicycles on the roadway because they are smaller and harder to see. Therefore, it is critical that parents and guardians review roadway laws and safety measures with their young children regularly to avoid unfortunate accidents and injury. Children must obey the applicable traffic laws anytime they ride on the roadway [...]

Why you should hire an OTLA Lawyer?

Jason Singer is on the OTLA Board of Directors. His blog was originally distributed in the March 28, 2018 edition of the OTLA newsletter. "Trying to decide which lawyer to hire to help you and your family following a car accident or other personal injury claim?  There are many excellent questions and considerations that should go into making this important decision.  Experience, reputation, price and comfort will likely be part of that decision-making process.  But another important question to ask is whether your prospective lawyer is a member of the Ontario [...]

Do you have a Fire Safety Plan?

This week from October 8 to October 14, 2017, marks Fire Prevention week across Canada. This year’s theme is "Every Second Counts : Plan 2 Ways Out!" Do you have a fire safety plan for your home? If you have a fire, how will you get out safely? How will you get your loved ones out? Where will you meet to make sure everyone is accounted for? What steps have you taken to prevent fires from occurring or spreading in your home? Chances are if you are like most Ontarians [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Drinking and Riding – a bad idea, but is it illegal?

We were all taught from an early age to never drink and drive. But is it illegal to drink and ride a bicycle? The answer is actually not as straightforward for bicycles as it is for cars. Impaired operation of a motor vehicle is regulated under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. There is a licencing system which teaches drivers who to drive and that drinking and driving is prohibited.  Police are empowered to conduct random spot checks looking for drunk drivers and can charge [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Brain Injury Awareness and Bike Safety

On our crowded Toronto streets, bicyclists inevitably face a higher risk of being involved in an accident compared to an occupant of a motor vehicle. Add to this increased risk the reality that the object into which the bicyclist impacts is either a 3,000lbs vehicle or unforgiving pavement and the results can be severe and devastating injuries.  While proper bike safety is always important all year around, its importance is especially highlighted in June during Brain Injury Awareness month in Ontario. According to the Ontario Brain Injury Association, brain injuries are the [...]

A Refresher on the Rules of the Road

As the days grow warmer and people start riding bicycles more regularly, it is important to refresh our memories on the rules for cyclists travelling on the road. At a minimum, adhering to the rules will help increase the safety of all cyclists. Accidents between cyclists and motor vehicles typically result in serious injuries, especially brain injuries, and are therefore more likely to result in law suits. In such cases, some fault may be attributed to the cyclist if he or she failed to follow the rules of the road, [...]

THREE SINGER KWINTER LAWYERS NAMED TO 2017 CANADIAN LEGAL LEXPERT® DIRECTORY

Once again, Singer Kwinter is proud to announce that three of our lawyers have been selected by their peers for ranking in the 2017 Lexpert® Directory as leading legal practitioners in Canada – Alf Kwinter, Jason Katz and Jason Singer. Congratulations to Alf, Jason and Jason for their hard work and this prestigious recognition in the Canadian legal community.

Carter v. Intact: When is replacement coverage truly replacement coverage

What is replacement coverage?  Can replacement be with something different? These questions were recently addressed at the Court of Appeal for Ontario in the decision of Carter v. Intact Insurance Company, 2016 ONCA 917 (CanLII). In this case, the Court was tasked with interpreting the definition of replacement cost. The Plaintiffs in this case owned a property in the City of Ottawa that consisted of one, two and three storey buildings with 15 residential units and 13 commercial units. The Plaintiffs purchased replacement cost coverage from the Defendant. In March [...]

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