Ontario Court of Appeal Finds Anti-SLAPP Motions Can Apply To Causes of Action Beyond Defamation

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released two decisions which consider the Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) provisions of the Courts of Justice Act. The provisions are aimed at discouraging actions that have the harmful effect of chilling individuals and organizations from speaking out on matters of public interest. The first decision of the…

Beyond COVID-19: 2020 Year in Review – Cases and Legislation of Note

Employers and human resource professionals will undoubtedly remember 2020 as the “year of the pandemic.” But … there were also legal developments in 2020 that were not related to COVID-19. In this FTR Now, we look at some of the year’s notable “non-pandemic” cases and legislative developments of interest. We also identify some decisions and…

Rules of Civil Procedure Amended to Provide for Virtual Proceedings and Electronic Processes

The Ontario government has filed regulatory amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules) which come into effect on January 1, 2021. Many of the amendments update the Rules to provide for virtual proceedings and electronic processes. Ontario Regulation 689/20 amends numerous provisions of the Rules relating to hearings by videoconference, electronic certified copies, electronic…

Jeffrey Goodman, Dianne Jozefacki and Stephanie McLoughlin Author a Chapter on Employment Contracts and the State of the Law on Termination Clauses in the Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2020

Jeffrey Goodman, Dianne Jozefacki, and Stephanie McLoughlin recently contributed a chapter titled, “Employment Contracts and the State of the Law on Termination Clauses” to the Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2020  by the Honourable Mr. Justice Todd L. Archibald and the late Honourable Mr. Justice Randall Scott Echlin

Lexpert® Names Kathryn Bird one of its “Rising Stars” of 2020

Hicks Morley is pleased to announce that Kathryn Bird has been named one of Lexpert’s 2020 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

Kathryn is a partner in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Human Rights practice group. Repeatedly recognized as one of Ontario’s leading lawyers on human rights, Kathryn was counsel on several precedent-setting human rights law decisions, including the leading decision on family status accommodation in Ontario.

Key Changes to Ontario’s Class Proceedings Regime Now in Effect

For the first time in nearly three decades, significant changes have been made to Ontario’s class proceedings regime. The amendments to the Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (Act)came into effect on October 1, 2020 and are significant in terms of their substance and scope, modifying many key provisions of the existing Act and adding nearly a dozen more.

Supreme Court of Canada Considers Ontario’s “Anti-SLAPP” Legislation

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released companion decisions interpreting Ontario’s “anti-SLAPP” legislation. The decisions, Bent et al. v. Platnick, et al. and 1704604 Ontario Ltd. v. Pointes Protection Association, et al. were the first to consider the new statutory regime under s. 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act.  The anti-SLAPP (“strategic litigation against…

Andrew J. Movrin

Andrew provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues.

Alia Rashid

Alia Rashid, a lawyer with Hicks Morley’s Toronto office, provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on labour, employment and human rights issues. This includes wrongful dismissal actions, employment standards, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, human rights and accommodation.