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What Waddell Phillips has been making the news for lately.

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May 2, 2018 – Iranian activist awarded defamation damages after anonymous web harassment —

The following article appeared in the Canadian Lawyer on May 2, 2018. Visit the original article here. 

An Iranian LGBTQ activist based in Germany has been awarded damages by a Canadian court for egregious defamations, after the judge ruled that the defendant was most likely responsible for anonymous web posts.

Shadi Amin, otherwise known as Soheila Amintorabi, brought claims against Arsham Parsi, otherwise known as Alireza Abrishami, in Toronto Small Claims Court because she believed he was behind anonymous posts on multiple websites and letters sent to Amnesty International and the BBC. Parsi, who is an Iranian LGBTQ activist based in Toronto, maintains that he was not responsible for the posts. Amin says that the anonymous posts hurt her career and personal relationships.

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January 25, 2018 – Lawyer wonders if new corporate accountability watchdog will have teeth —

The following article appeared in the The Lawyer Daily on January 25, 2018. Visit the original article here.

The government’s announcement to establish an ombudsperson to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporations working abroad comes with no timeline on when the role will be filled and active.

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December 13, 2017 – Guatemalan women take on Canada’s mining giants over ‘horrific human rights abuses’ —

The following article appeared in the The Guardian on December 13, 2017. Visit the original article here.

A group of indigenous Maya Q’eqchi’ women has launched a precedent-setting legal challenge that could cast a chill over Canada’s vast mining interests.

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November 27, 2017 – ‘New era’: Canadian mining industry closely watching three civil cases alleging human rights abuses —

The following article appeared in the National Post on November 27, 2017. Visit the original article here.

Breakthrough reported in efforts to make Canadian-based mining companies accountable on home turf for violations they’re accused of abroad

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April 2, 2016 – Guatemalan Women’s Claims Put Focus on Canadian Firms’ Conduct Abroad —

The following article appeared in the New York Times on January 25, 2018. Visit the original article here.

Her husband was away in the fields, she said, when the truckloads of soldiers, police officers and mining security officials arrived. A half-dozen armed men swarmed into her one-room house, blocking her exit and helping themselves to the meal she had made for her children.

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July 23, 2013 – Guatemalan mine claims against HudBay can be tried in Canada, judge says —

The following article appeared in the Globe and Mail on July 23, 2013. Visit the original article here.

Canadian mining company HudBay Minerals Inc. can potentially be held liable for alleged violence at a Guatemalan mine owned by a subsidiary, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled, in what plaintiffs say is a precedent-setting case.

Justice Carole Brown’s ruling, handed down Monday, means that the claims of 13 Guatemalans can proceed to trial in Canadian courts. The decision opens the door to other cases in which companies could face liability on their home turf for incidents that happen overseas.

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July 4, 2018 – Class action lawsuit moving ahead against the Royal Winnipeg Ballet —

The following article appeared on Global News on July 4, 2018. Visit the original article here

A class action lawsuit is moving ahead in the Ontario Superior Court against the Royal Winnipeg Ballet over photos taken by Bruce Monk.

Monk is alleged to have taken nude photos of teen students from the 1980s to 2013 while working at the RWB as an instructor and photographer.

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July 4, 2018 – Class-action lawsuit over alleged intimate pictures OK’d against Royal Winnipeg Ballet, photographer —

The following article appeared on CBC on July 4, 2018. Visit the original article here.

A judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit can proceed against the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and a photographer who is alleged to have taken intimate photos of students.

Lawyer Margaret Waddell says about 60 people have been identified so far as potential class-action members in the lawsuit against the ballet company and Bruce Monk, who worked as a photographer between 1984 and 2015.

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