Passenger safety on buses is a matter of great concern after the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident last April. Sixteen people were killed, and thirteen people were injured. Transport Canada is changing its seatbelt policies for highway buses to provide better protection for passengers. Since 1984, Transport Canada has maintained that school buses don’t need seatbelts but is now reviewing its policies regarding seat belts on school buses as well.
When a medical professional is accused of negligence, professional associations are often on hand to deliberate on consequences. These tribunals will sometimes investigate incidents and hand down fines, as well as limiting a person from practicing his or her profession in the future. In addition, criminal charges and civil litigation may be filed. Recently, the Alberta Dental Association and College handed down a fine of $330,000, the highest amount it has ever fined a member of its association.
A terminal diagnosis can bring many stresses to individuals and their families. For those who have not yet addressed issues related to their wills and estates, the need to quickly plan for their family's future can be overwhelming. There are a few steps Alberta adults can take when faced with difficult decisions such as beneficiaries or powers of attorney in the wake of a chronic disease or disability.
The details surrounding what is public information and what is private information during a civil litigation proceeding are not always clear. Some individuals may be afraid about what to divulge during their case, and other parties may use misinformation as intimidation.
Unpaid sums are common causes for disputes among individuals and businesses. One way to recover debts is by pursuing the case in court. Suppose a creditor, the plaintiff, successfully pursues an action for a sum of money owed to the plaintiff by a debtor, the defendant.
For civil litigation cases, it’s important to act quickly as you may not be allowed to bring a case to court years after the event occurred. There are specific guidelines set out through provincial legislation regarding time limits for specific matters.
Last week, we outlined the general timeline of a civil litigation case. The last stage was bringing the case to trial. Below, we’ll address how the trial procedure works, and what clients can expect during each part of the process.
When people are faced with a legal dispute, they may not know what steps they should take to achieve a resolution. The legal system may seem intimidating to those who don’t normally interact with the law on the daily basis.
Business disputes can often end in the courtroom, but a recent story shows these conflicts don't always just involve private enterprises. Two airlines in Alberta have recently filed a lawsuit against Alberta Health Services, alleging that they picked the airline for air ambulance operators in an unfair way. The civil litigation will center on the Request For Proposals (RFP) and decision-making processes that Alberta Health Services (AHS) underwent to choose an airline.
Disputes can arise in many different businesses, but the many layers of leadership can make franchises a particular challenge. Tim Hortons franchisees in Alberta and throughout Canada have sent a letter to the franchise's parent company, Restaurant Brands International, regarding a computer virus which they claim caused significant losses. They say they will pursue civil litigation against the parent company should the company not meet to negotiate a resolution to the problem.