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'Good faith' at issue in athlete's lawsuit

An American lawsuit involving a professional baseball player and a lending firm shines a light on the importance of the good-faith principle and how unfair bargaining practices can void a contract, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com....read more

The Weinstein case and the ABCs of civil litigation

It isn't unusual that Harvey Weinstein would ask an Ontario court to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by a Toronto actress, but those wishes are rarely granted so early in the process, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com....read more

Adult son's high-profile eviction would have been easier in Ontario

Kicking family members out of your house is typically easier than getting rid of tenants, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com....read more

Collection could be a problem for sabotaged clarinetist

A clarinetist sabotaged by his ex-girlfriend could struggle to collect on the $350,000 judgment granted to him by an Ontario court, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com....read more

Infringe celebrity image rights at your peril

Businesses that trade on a celebrity’s image without consent risk legal action — even if the person is dead, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com....read more

Legal disputes over lottery wins are becoming more common: O'Connor

It was a good move for a Nova Scotia woman to settle a lawsuit she launched against her nephew to recover half of a $1.2-million lottery-ticket win that was awarded to him because she would have had an uphill battle to win the case, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Tough to build a case for homeowners suing contractors

Homeowners face an uphill battle when it comes to winning disputes with contractors, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com....read more

Canada has no legislative responsibility to rescue citizens abroad

Complaints that the federal government didn’t react fast enough to get Canadians out of the Caribbean when Hurricane Irma hit highlight a misconception about Ottawa’s responsibility to airlift its citizens out of harm’s way in foreign countries, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Toronto house copyright case raises questions about the law

A case involving a Toronto couple who alleged their neighbours copied the look of their home highlights how housing architecture can be copyrighted but to prove it, the structures have to be identical and there must be evidence to show one was essentially replicated, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Abortion clinic safe access zones ‘needed’ in light of protests

Legislation that proposes to establish safe access zones around Ontario abortion clinics is a positive step that, if passed, would result in violators facing a summary conviction, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells The Lawyer’s Daily....read more

More civil cases involving sex assaults expected: O'Connor

TORONTO — There are several advantages to an Ontario woman's plan to sue Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual assaults, say legal experts who believe civil court offers better prospects for a victim....read more

Unique lawsuit deals with trauma of witnessing crime in jail

A lawsuit filed by six prisoners against the province of Ontario is a unique case that may be one of the first in Canada to seek damages for the trauma of witnessing crime in a jail or prison setting, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Being unable to locate Weinstein won’t stop lawsuits

Even if plaintiffs launching lawsuits against Harvey Weinstein are unable to locate him to serve the legal papers, it won’t prevent those matters from moving forward against him, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Woman sues ex for half of $6M lottery win

An Ontario woman is suing her former common-law partner for allegedly denying that the couple had won $6 million in a provincial lottery before claiming the full prize for himself.....read more

Small claims dispute over dead trees dragging on

A legal dispute between two neighbours that’s rooted in a row of dead cedar trees is running on the "longer side" as far as small claims matters go, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells the Hamilton Spectator....read more

Case shows fraudulent misrepresentation voids a contract

A British Columbia judge’s decision to order a woman who was selling her upscale Vancouver home to return a buyer’s $300,000 deposit because of "fraudulent misrepresentation" highlights how an "incomplete" presentation of a contract can void the agreement in its entirety, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Use time to reform minimum sentencing, not polls: O'Connor

The federal government should keep its promise to reform minimum sentencing requirements rather than polling Canadians to determine how they feel about the issue, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Lower injury threshold needed to trigger police oversight: O'Connor

"Bodily harm" injuries caused to civilians by police should automatically trigger an independent probe instead of the current system where only those deemed "serious" are reported and investigated, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Who keeps the ring after an engagement ends?

The question of who gets to keep the ring when an engagement ends before marriage comes down to who broke it off, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor....read more

Assumptions about credit card debt limitation periods often wrong

Although many believe the limitation period for credit card debt starts when a default occurs and then restarts each time a card is used or a partial payment is made, this reasoning is incorrect, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor writes in The Lawyer’s Daily....read more

Goalie conviction draws clearer lines around hockey violence

The conviction of a hockey goalie who struck a player in the face with his stick and caused serious damage sends a message that violence will not be tolerated in sport, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor..... read more

Failed Starbucks lawsuit highlights high burden of proof

A B.C. woman’s unsuccessful lawsuit against Starbucks after she The conviction of a hockey goalie who struck a player in the face with his stick and caused serious damage sends a message that violence will not be tolerated in sport, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor.burned her legs with tea reinforces that it’s not enough to simply show a product is dangerous, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor.... read more

Women lawyers work harder to gain same level of respect

In general, sexism is something women in the legal profession have learned to deal with on a day-to-day basis, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells... read more

59 suicides: Canada is failing its troops

News that 59 Canadian soldiers and veterans who served in Afghanistan have killed themselves is an indication of how Ottawa and the military are failing those men and women who... read more

Crowd violence during Nuit Blanche 'concerning'

Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says it’s unfortunate and concerning the way surly crowds confronted police at Yonge-Dundas Square in.... read more

G20 officer ruling shows 'shift in courts'

A disciplinary hearing’s finding that a senior Toronto Police officer is guilty of three offences related to his conduct during the G20 protests is a good outcome but... read more

Jail understaffing a major problem

Understaffing at Ontario jails is a major problem and has a butterfly effect on every aspect of the institutions’ administration and on justice in general, says Toronto... read more

The law around malicious prosecution is still emerging

A Toronto lawyer who is suing the police for malicious prosecution and defamation after she was accused of smuggling drugs into a courthouse and arrested in front of colleagues... read more

Small Claims rule changes create uneven playing field

Amendments to the Small Claims Court rules have created different standards for self-represented litigants and for parties represented by counsel, Toronto civil litigator Sarah... read more

Ruling unlikely to sway police away from carding

Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says that a recent ruling involving "carding" is unlikely to sway new Chief of Police Mark Saunders away from his... read more

B.C. man wrongly imprisoned for 27 years can sue, Supreme Court says

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a B.C. man can use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pursue a lawsuit after being wrongly imprisoned for 27 years for... read more

State accountability not just a U.S. problem

Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says citizen journalism and cellphone videos have created more awareness around the issue of state accountability and highlights... read more

International LLM provides a more global view of law

Toronto litigator Sarah O’Connor has convocated from Queen Mary University of London with a Master of Laws in international business. O’Connor, principal with... read more

A look at how Ontario may soon update its business laws

Ontario is likely to see some significant changes to its business laws following the establishment of the province's new Business Law Advisory Council, according to a news release from the Government of Ontario... read more