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John has been the editor of Blaneys Appeals since the inception of the blog in the Summer of 2014. He is a partner at the firm with almost two decades of experience handling a wide variety of litigation matters. John assists clients with matters ranging from appeals, to injunctions, to corporate, breach of contract and other business litigation, to estates and matrimonial litigation, and to debtor-creditor and insolvency litigation. John also represents amateur sports organizations in contentious matters and advises them in matters of internal governance. John can be reached at 416-593-2953 or jpolyzogopoulos@blaney.com.

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Good evening.

This week was a light week at the Court of Appeal, with only four substantive civil decisions.

The Court released another anti-SLAPP decision in New Dermamed Inc. v. Sulaiman,  clarifying that the onus rests on a responding party resisting a motion to dismiss its defamation claim under section 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act not to show that there is no possibility that the defence of fair comment could succeed, but rather, that it is reasonably possible that a trier of fact could conclude that the defence would not succeed. Continue Reading BLANEY’S APPEALS: ONTARIO COURT OF APPEAL SUMMARIES (FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 1, 2019)

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Good evening.

Following are the summaries for this week’s civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. There were only four substantive civil decisions released this week.

Most notably, the Court of Appeal once again addressed the new anti-SLAPP legislation in United Soils Management Ltd. v. Mohammed (“United Soils”). In United Soils, the appellant brought actions against two respondents for libel after the respondents posted comments on a Facebook group regarding the appellant’s excavation and dumping operations. The respondents were successful in having the suits dismissed by way of motion under the anti-SLAPP provisions of section 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal, and clarified that the anti-SLAPP legislation does not provide for the award of punitive damages against a plaintiff when an action is dismissed under section 137.1. Continue Reading BLANEY’S APPEALS: ONTARIO COURT OF APPEAL SUMMARIES (FEBRUARY 18 – 22, 2019)

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Good evening.

Following are the summaries for this week’s civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. There were only three substantive decisions.

Topics covered this week included wills and estates (capacity and undue influence), insurance coverage in the MVA context where there was a question of intentional acts as opposed to mere negligence, and the familiar issue of whether an order is final or interlocutory for appeal purposes.

Finally, my partner, Lea Nebel, and I invite you to our third annual Top Appeals CLE, which will take place at the OBA, 20 Toronto Street, Toronto, on Monday, February 25. It is a three hour dinner program beginning at 5pm, which will also be available by live webcast for those who cannot attend in person. Continue Reading BLANEY’S APPEALS: ONTARIO COURT OF APPEAL SUMMARIES (FEBRUARY 11 – 15, 2019)