The Partners and staff of Lawson LLP offer our condolences to the family of Richard Bruce Lawson, Q.C. who passed away on Dec. 8th, 2010. He was a formidable litigator and skilled lawyer. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues and family.
Leduc v. Roman (Ont. S.C., February 20, 2009, Justice D. M. Brown) Barry Marta, with the assistance of Jonathan Hale, successfully appealed from the decision of the Master, who had refused to order production of the Plaintiff’s Facebook profile, calling the existence of relevant documents mere speculation. Justice Brown held: “That a person’s Facebook profile may contain documents relevant to an action is beyond controversy.” A person who sets up a limited access or private profile is in no different position than a person who sets up a public profile on Facebook. Read full court decision.
Campbell v. Primmum Insurance Company (Ont. S.C.J., October 28, 2008, Master Abrams) Patrick Ho was successful in resisting a motion brought by the plaintiff to restore an action that had been dismissed by the Registrar. The Court agreed with Mr. Ho that the lengthy delays by plaintiff in setting aside the dismissal order were contumelious, inexcusable, and not satisfactorily explained. The Court also agreed that there was prejudice to the defendant because of the passage of the limitation period and the faded memories of the parties. The plaintiff’s motion was dismissed and the plaintiff was ordered to pay costs to the defendant in the amount of $6,700.00. This case is now being appealed to the Divisional Court. Read full court decision (PDF).
On February 9, 2009, Kathryn Watson was a member of a panel which presented on "Discovery Techniques That Win Cases" to the Advocates' Society Skills Certificate Program.
On October 28, 2008, Kathryn Watson presented a paper on, "How to Conduct a Discovery in Automobile Insurance" to the Ontario Bar Association.