Aviva Insurance Company of Canada v. McKeown, 2016 ONSC 6017 (CanLII) SABS insurers must provide a specific reason for an EUO request before being entitled to it. Released September 26, 2016 | Full Decision [CanLII] This application was brought by Aviva as a test case on the issue of whether a justification is required to compel an insured to attend an examination under oath (“EUO”) if the insurer requests one pursuant to subsection 33(2) of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“SABS”). This application named six SABS claimants as respondents, arising [...]
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 [...]
Castronovo v. Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences, 2016 ONSC 6275 (CanLII) An extension of time to amend a pleading will not always be granted, especially if it will cause undue delay. Released October 6, 2016 | Full decision [CanLII] The action was commenced in 2003. The moving defendants were added to the action in 2009. Discoveries occurred in 2011. At the pre-trial conference, Archibald J. ordered that the moving defendants serve the motion to amend the Statement of Defence to add a limitation period defence by June 17, 2016 [...]
Singer Kwinter’s Nga Dang highlights important facts and outcomes in the Ontario Courts. Case summary originally distributed in OTLA August 11, 2016 newsletter. Parris v. Wylie, 2016 ONSC 4778 (CanLII) After being released from the action, the defendants were unsuccessful on their motion for costs of the action. Released July 25, 2016 | Full Decision [CanLII] This action related to a rear-end collision between three vehicles. The Robitaille vehicle struck the Wylie vehicle, which was in turn forced into the back of the Parris vehicle. Parris brought an action against both [...]
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.
In June 2012 the Office of the Chief Coroner released a report having reviewed some 129 deaths of Ontarians from cycling related accidents from 2006 to 2010. The report put out 14 recommendations which included the following: Adoption of a “complete streets” approach – focused on the safety of all road users – to guide the redevelopment of existing communities and the design of new communities throughout Ontario. Development of an Ontario Cycling Plan to guide the development of policy, legislation and regulations and the commitment of infrastructure funding to [...]
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 [...]
As summer vacation approaches, it is important to ensure your kids are safe while riding their bikes in the city. Children who are learning to ride their bikes are not always aware of and able to respond to dangers on the road. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has published a number of tips to help your kids bike safely this summer. These include to: Always have your child wear a helmet. A properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of sustaining a head injury while riding. Helmets are also mandatory for [...]
When someone is injured by a motor vehicle, statutory accident benefits provide funding for treatment, attendant care and various other needs. On June 1, 2016, significant changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule will come into effect. To obtain further details of the changes, please click on the following link: http://singerkwinter.com/practice-areas/insurance-claims/accident-benefit- claims/ These changes will drastically decrease the amount of accident benefits available to an accident victim. The total accident benefits for treatment and attendant care available for victims who are moderately injured are reduced by 25%, and for victims who are catastrophically injured by [...]