What Waddell Phillips has been making the news for lately.
A Canadian mining company that is a majority owner in a mine in Eritrea may be sued for alleged abuses that occurred in that country, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday. The Court’s ruling holds that corporations can be held liable in civil law for breaches of international law, and that the act of state doctrine is not a bar to the claim. The decision stands to have implications for Canadian companies with operation abroad, notably in the resources, technology and armaments sectors.
“It’s important, because there are a number of corporate accountability lawsuits that are proceeding in Canadian courts right now,” says Cory Wanless of Waddell Phillips PC in Toronto, who was lead counsel for the intervener International Human Rights Program of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law before the Supreme Court.
[A] “big takeaway” from this decision “is that the Supreme Court showed a real willingness to take seriously international human rights law,” Wanless adds, and “a real willingness to engage in these novel questions or how international human rights law should be applied against corporations for breaches of international law.”
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TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Waddell Phillips PC and Klein & Schonblum Associates have launched a national privacy breach class action against LifeLabs and associated companies on behalf of the estimated 15 million Canadians whose personal information, including highly sensitive health information, was compromised in a cyber attack. The cyber criminals demanded, and LifeLabs subsequently paid, an undisclosed amount as a ransom in an attempt to secure the data. The compromised information includes, but is not limited to, medical lab test results, health card numbers, names, addresses, emails, login information, passwords, and dates of birth.
LifeLabs is one of the largest medical testing companies in the world, providing diagnostic medical testing services, including specimen collection, laboratory testing, and reporting of results to patients and health practitioners, across Canada. Each year, LifeLabs performs over 112 million laboratory tests on Canadians.
It was not until December 17, 2019, almost two months after the attack occurred, that LifeLabs first made a public announcement about the attack and the subsequent privacy breach.
“Health care records, and in particular lab test results, are some of the most private and sensitive personal information a company can hold. Unauthorized access and use can be devastating,” said David Fogel, a lawyer with Klein & Schonblum Associates. “It is extremely distressing that not only did LifeLabs fail to protect the personal health information of its clients, but that it took them almost two months to tell the public about it.”
“The scale of the LifeLabs privacy breach is truly massive – it affects over three quarters of all Ontarians and British Columbians,” said Cory Wanless, a lawyer with Waddell Phillips. “Basically anyone in Ontario or BC who has gone for any form of medical testing over the past several years is affected.”
The class action team is being led by Margaret Waddell. Ms. Waddell, founding partner of Waddell Phillips, is recognized by multiple lawyer ranking agencies as a leader in plaintiff-side class actions, and has acted as class counsel on a number of prominent cases.
Further information regarding the proposed class action will be posted as it becomes available at www.waddellphillips.ca/class-actions/
Waddell Phillips PC
Klein & Schonblum Associates
“It is highly distressing that Semafo made the decision to protect its expat workers by flying them to its mines precisely because of past attacks on ground convoys, and yet continues to rely on exposed ground convoys for its local workers,” Mr. Wanless said. “To me, this reeks of a Canadian company valuing the lives of Canadian and other Western expats over the lives of Africans.”
Waddell Phillips continues to support the need for legal accountability of Canadian mining companies for human rights abuses and other harms that occur in other nations.
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“No ‘one-size-fits-all’ in custody matters: Tremain”. The original article was posted on AdvocateDaily.com. You can view it here.
It’s unwise to make presumptions when it comes to deciding what’s best for a child in a custody case, says Toronto family lawyer Julia Tremain.
Waddell Phillips announces the following statement by Reece Maxwell-Crawford.
I am very happy that the events of February 18, 2018 will be put behind me.
Yesterday, I met with Rick Leary, the CEO of the TTC to discuss my experience and the steps that the TTC has committed to take to address to racial bias and discrimination.
It is very important to me that Mr. Leary has apologized on behalf of the TTC and that the lawsuit I started has been settled.
I am heartened to hear about the TTC’s commitment to implementing the Toronto Ombudsman’s report and engaging in a system-wide anti-racism strategy aimed directly at preventing racial profiling. I am also pleased to hear that the TTC is creating new training programs that will help TTC staff deal with and avoid conscious and unconscious bias, including through the Anti-Racism Task Force. I think the improvements that the TTC intends to make will make our City stronger.
In the interests of putting the matter behind me and focusing instead on moving forward, I will not be making any further statements regarding the incident or the resolution of my lawsuit.
Lawyer for Reece Maxwell-Crawford
Waddell Phillips PC
Separated parents can stay in touch about childcare and other issues by simply downloading an app to facilitate that communication, says Toronto family lawyer Julia Tremain.
The original article is posted on advocatedaily.com. You can read the full article here.
On July 11, 2019, the Toronto Ombudsman released a report that was critical of a TTC investigation into an incident in which our client, Reece Maxwell-Crawford, a young black man, was shoved and pinned to the ground by TTC Fare Inspectors in February 2018. The Toronto Ombudsman found that the report failed to examine evidence of potential racial bias and was “not adequately thorough, fair, and transparent” to support its conclusions. Media coverage of the Ombudsman report includes:
CBC Metro Morning, “Young man suing TTC for racial profiling reacts to ombudsman’s report”