FULL-DAY CANADIAN TRACK & OTHER CANADIAN PRESENTATIONS AT THE AAJ VANCOUVER CONVENTION

AAJ's Annual Convention is being held in Vancouver, BC, from July 10th to July 15th. As usual, there are a number of Canadian events and presentations for Convention Attendees. Click here for special AAJ Convention Events for Canadian Attendees.

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The CANADIAN CAUCUS of AAJ is proud to present:

TORTS CANADIAN STYLE:  PREPARATION, PERSUASION & PRESENTATION
Sunday, July 11th, 2010
Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, BC

SEA TO SKY TORTS
In this session, our panelists will discuss negligence claims arising from a variety of outdoor activities. Discussions will include typical scenarios, waivers, strategy and practical considerations of pursuing each type of claim. The session is intended to give a quick highlight of litigating in each potential claim area.
     • Snow Boarding/Ski Hill Injuries - Judith A. Hull (ON)
     • Pool Injuries - Jim Scarfone (ON)
     • Small Boating Craft Injuries - Roger Watts (BC)
     • Horseback Riding Injuries - Catherine Willson (ON)

EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY TO MAXIMIZE DAMAGES UNDER THE CAP
In 1978, the Supreme Court of Canada decided a “trilogy” of personal injury cases that imposed a judicial cap on non-pecuniary damages of $100,000 (currently approximately $300,000 revised for inflation).  Two leading Canadian lawyers will discuss strategies for litigating under the Canadian cap, and for expanding claims for pain and suffering to the fullest extent possible. Commentary from the bench will follow these presentations.
     • Barbara Legate (ON)
     • Joseph Murphy (BC)
     Commentator:
     • The Hon. Justice Nate Smith (BC)

PERSUASIVE PRESENTATION OF DAMAGES
This session will provide a brief review of how to calculate and update calculations of settlements during settlement conferences and mediations. The presenter will focus specifically on computer model that is designed to save time and stream line the negotiations that take place during mediation.
     • Darcy Merkur (ON)

THOSE WHO HURT WHEN THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP
In this session, our panelists will discuss claims arising from “intentional torts” or tortuous acts that have an element of intention. In particular, our presenters will focus on situations where people engaged to help and/or protect instead engage in abuse of power, negligence, neglect, or assault. The session is intended to give highlights from the experience of the panel in these discrete subject areas.
     • Hospital Testing Negligence - Ches Crosbie, Q.C. (NL)
     • Casinos & Gambling Addiction - Hassan Fancy (ON)
     • Police Misconduct - Robert Hooper (ON)
     • Bouncers & Store Security - Derek Miura (BC)
     • Religious/Residential Schools - Russell Raikes (ON)


THE DANGER IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET
Our speaker is an author on the potential dangers of prescription medications. He will speak about his personal experiences involving pharmaceutical negligence, in the wake of the death of his daughter due to the negligent prescription and dispensing of medication. While not a substantive law presentation, this session puts a human face on the damage caused by negligence arising from prescription medications and will highlight a number of matters of relevance to litigating in this area.
     • Terence Young (ON) (Author on the Pharmaceutical Industry)

CROSS BORDER CONSIDERATIONS
This session begins with an overview of the principles of law relating to conflicts of laws, followed by a panel discussion as to the merits of issuing claims in the jurisdiction where the injury occurred, or in one’s own province. There are two Court of Appeal cases (NS and ON) that shed new light on the Court’s approach to seizing or releasing jurisdiction. Discussion will involve the concepts of jurisdiction, forum, and substantive law.
     • Wyatt Picket (WA)
     Panel Review of Provincial and National Border Issues:
     • Gordon Good (ON)
     • Wyatt Pickett (WA)
     • Raymond Wagner (NS)
     • Claire Wilkinson (ON)

KEY POINTS ON CANADIAN CLASS ACTIONS
This session will provide attendees with an outline as to how class actions are pursued in Canada. Our presenters will take a pragmatic look at how a particular class is chosen, funded, managed, developed and litigated. They will also look at how class action work impacts one’s office and file load. The presenters will provide information for those who have not had occasion to be involved in a class action, and practical tips for those who have.
     • Ward Branch (BC)
     • David Klein (BC)

CLOSING REMARKS
     • Canadian Caucus Chair, Gary Will (ON)


OTHER CANADIAN PRESENTATIONS AT THE AAJ CONVENTION:

Monday, July 12, 2010Litigation at Sunrise • Canadian Topics in Products Liability
Christopher Morrison (ON) is speaking on Products Liability in Review; Clint Docken (AB) is speaking on Food Safety; Paul Harte (ON) is speaking on Tobacco and Adam Little (ON) is speaking on Motorcycle Safety Gear (7:50-8:30am, Room 205-207 West, Level 1, Vancouver Convention Centre)

Monday, July 12, 2010Advocacy Track
Jim Vigmond (ON) is presenting on Jury Bias - The Canadian Experience (2:00-2:25pm, B allroom D, West, Level 1, Vancouver Convention Centre)

Monday, July 12, 2010Family Law Section
Kalman Samuels, Q.C. (QE) is presenting on Intenational Aspects of Family Law: Marketing and Laws (2:30-3:00pm, Room 212 West, Level 2, Vancouver Convention)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010Class Action Litigation Group
Paul S. Miller (ON) is presenting on Cross-Border Deals Involving Parallet US and Canadian Actions/Classes (10:10am-11:10am, Rooms 205-207 West, Level 2, Vancouver Convention Centre)

 

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