Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision leaves the door open for a possible finding of social host liability in certain circumstances. In Wardak v. Froom, the defendants, Stephen and Carol Froom, held a party for their son, Graeme, celebrating his 19th birthday in 2011. The plaintiff, Dean Wardak, who was 18 at the time, had been drinking at the party before he walked home, got in his car and crashed into a tree. The accident left him quadriplegic. Justice Wendy Matheson dismissed the defendants’ summary judgment motion that asked [...]
In 1588444 Ontario Ltd. v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2017 ONCA 42, the Ontario Court of Appeal, specifically Justices Laskin, Feldman and Hourigan, were asked to overturn the Order of Justice H.K. O’Connell, dated October 16, 2015, dismissing State Farm’s motion for leave to amend its Statement of Defence. The claim arose out of a fire that destroyed a restaurant and banquet facility operated by the numbered company on June 4, 2006. The investigation of the fire confirmed the cause to be arson. The property was insured under a policy [...]
Singer Kwinter’s Jason Singer shares insightful information on protecting your belongings in case of an insurance claim. This posting was originally distributed in the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter on August 30, 2016. Please click here to read the original posting. The most valuable and important tangible asset for most people is their home. It provides protection, comfort, and equity. It can also be our largest investment and expense. It is therefore critically important to make sure it is properly protected in the rare case of a loss. Here are 5 ways to [...]
Singer Kwinter is proud to announce that Alf Kwinter and Jason Singer have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada as leading legal practitioners in the areas of Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Negligence. Best Lawyers® is considered by many as the "Gold Standard in Selecting a Lawyer". Congratulations to Alf and Jason for their hard work and this prestigious recognition in the Canadian legal community. Alf Kwinter was recognized as the Best Lawyers® 2016 Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Toronto.
Alf Kwinter was interviewed by Global News Toronto on August 15, 2016. The interview aired live at 5:30 PM. As an expert in property loss claims, Alf responded to important questions regarding homeowner insurance claims, what to do after your home has suffered damage, and the implications for Ontario policy holders if their claims are denied. Click here to see the interview and to read the article.
Subramanian v. Bhawaneesingh, 2016 ONSC 4890 (CanLII) Written by Susan Dhaliwal / Summaries / August 11, 2016 Released June 29, 2016 | Full Decision [CanLII] This was a motion heard before Master Short brought by the Plaintiff to have the action restored to the trial list. The action arises out of a June 2007 motor vehicle accident. The Statement of Claim was issued in 2009, Examinations for Discoveries were held in 2011 and mediation was held in August 2013. The Trial Record was filed by the Plaintiff in May 2013. [...]
Singer Kwinter was proud to be recognized as a 2016 "Partner" inductee on the St. Michael's Hospital Donor Recognition Wall on July 13, 2016. We are proud to support the ongoing initiatives and the clinical care offered by the St. Mike's team.
Singer Kwinter is proud to announce that three of our lawyers have been selected by their peers for ranking in the 2016 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. Click here to read Singer Kwinter’s Lexpert profile.
One major difference between homeowners and renters is having insurance. If you have a mortgage, having home insurance is mandatory. There is no choice. If you rent, there is a choice. As a renter, you have a choice to buy what is called “Tenants Insurance”. You should strongly consider buying it for a couple reasons. Your landlord’s insurance policy doesn’t cover your possessions. If there is a fire or a water leak or a theft, your landlord will get insurance funds to pay for the losses to their building. All [...]
Sharing the Road with E-bikes: What You Need to Know Is an e-bike considered a motor vehicle? How does the law define an e-bike? Do I need to carry insurance or other documentation when I drive one? When riding along College Street in Toronto, you may have pondered one of these questions. Whether you own an e-bike or share the road with one, it is important to understand the rules for operating e-bikes and how they are classified under various laws in Ontario. Who is eligible to drive e-bikes and [...]