What Waddell Phillips has been making the news for lately.
Oct 21, 2020 – Waddell Phillips has co-signed an amicus brief filed at the Supreme Court of the United States in Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe I. The brief can be read here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-416/158368/20201021124552826_Nestle%20Amicus%20Brief.Final.October.20.2020.pdf
The plaintiff/respondents in this case are former enslaved children who were kidnapped and forced to work on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast for up to fourteen hours without pay. This case is regarding whether this claim can be properly determined by courts in the United States.
The amicus brief argues that 1) international law allows states to exercise jurisdiction over their citizens, including corporations, regardless of where they operate, and 2) foreign states, including Canada, routinely assert jurisdiction over domestic corporations regardless of where they operate.
September 26, 2020 – Cory Wanless and his clients featured in The Intercept regarding a lawsuit against Hudbay Minerals Inc. for the alleged gang-rapes of 11 Mayan Q’eqchi’ women at a Canadian owned mine in Guatemala.
“[Rosa Elbira Coc Ich] and the others are now suing Hudbay Minerals Inc., a Toronto-based mining company that bought Skye in 2008, acquiring Skye’s legal liability. During the ongoing lawsuit, the women’s lawyers obtained the emails, photos, and other documents cited in this story through the discovery process and filed them in court as exhibits in an affidavit.”
Read the full article here.
Articling student Jayashree Sivakumar writes with Iyarusalem Biftu on the issue of navigating the politics of names while entering the legal profession
“Navigating the Politics of Names” The Lawyer’s Daily: https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/19973/navigating-the-politics-of-names-iyarusalem-biftu-and-jayashree-sivakumar?category=opinion
July 22, 2020 – Waddell Phillips lawyer Cory Wanless has teamed up with Promise Holmes Skinner to launch a lawsuit against the Ontario Provincial Police on behalf of two First Nations men, Randall May and Aaron Keeshig, regarding a violent police take-down, assault and arrest. The lawsuit alleges the police committed racial profiling, Charter violations, assault, battery and wrongful arrest.
CBC News – “’Illegal assault’ on First Nations brothers by police caught on video was racist, lawsuit alleges https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/first-nations-police-video-lawsuit-1.5661097
CBC News: The National – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyxI5DG49BE
Barrie Today – Indigenous men recount altercation with OPP that sparked lawsuit https://www.barrietoday.com/police-beat/indigenous-men-recount-altercation-with-opp-that-sparked-lawsuit-video-2598573