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Editors: Sudevi Mukherjee‐Gothi and Tracey Hamilton


SPECT Scans: Ontario Courts Grapple with a “Novel” Evidentiary Tool

  • February 10, 2023
  • Grace Murdoch

In recent years, single-photon emission computerized tomography scans (otherwise known as “SPECT” scans) have been the subject of debate in Ontario’s court rooms when evaluating brain injury claims. Whether the conclusions resulting from such scans can be admitted into evidence and for what purpose are increasingly becoming important questions in personal injury law.

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Our Access to Justice Crisis Needs Solutions: Could Med-Arb Be An Answer?

  • November 25, 2022
  • Ryan A. Murray

The Ontario civil justice system faces an unprecedented crisis. Our constitution mandates that criminal cases must be addressed within a particular timeframe. Family cases, which often feature child access and other time-sensitive issues, tend to have the next level of priority. This leaves civil lawsuits, including many personal injury lawsuits, to linger for years without resolution.

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The Ontario Court of Appeal Considers Insurance Policy Interpretation in Early COVID-19 Coverage Claim

  • September 29, 2022
  • Thomas Russell

The COVID-19 pandemic has left a scar upon numerous sectors in Canada, leaving many businesses reliant on their insurance coverage plans for the resulting business losses. 202135 Ontario Inc., et al v. Northbridge General Insurance, 2022 ONCA 304 appears to be the first COVID-relating coverage case to come before the Ontario Court of Appeal. In this case, the court considered how to interpret a limit of liability clause, ultimately finding in favor of the insured.

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OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law 2020 Winner Profile: John A. Olah

  • September 23, 2022
  • Dennis Ong

John A. Olah was called to the bar in 1975 and since then has litigated complex tort litigation matters, ranging from product liability cases to high-profile sporting matters. John is a recognized national and international expert, acting for resorts and hotels across Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. John’s practice includes private international law cases, complex environmental law litigation as well as class action matters.

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OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law 2020 Winner Profile: David F. Smye, Q.C.

  • September 23, 2022
  • Katie Di Tomaso

David F. Smye, Q.C. was called to the bar in 1972 after accelerating quickly through post-secondary education studying Economics and Political Science and obtaining a degree in Law in only five years. David’s pace remained swift while his legal career made a steep ascent to partner only one year after being called to the bar. David was a founding partner of Mackesy Smye in 1973 where he has continued to practice and lead the firm for nearly 50 years.

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