A summary of select cases handled by the firm:
Akintoye v. City of Vancouver et al.
The firm and Pivot Legal Society represented a man who was assaulted by police in a case of mistaken identity. The case considered police powers on an investigative detention, and the circumstances that justify police use of force.
- Surrey man testifies Vancouver cops assaulted, wrongfully arrested him (Feb. 20, 2017, Vancouver Sun)
- Father seeks justice against Vancouver Police (Feb. 20, 2017, Pivot Legal)
New York Times v. AdvantageBC
The firm represented the New York Times in a petition seeking information about a secretive tax-incentive program operated by the Province of British Columbia through a society doing business as AdvantageBC.
- British Columbia’s Business Temptation: An Opaque Array of Tax Breaks (May 2, 2017, New York Times)
- New York Times sues non-profit Advantage BC over tax program (May 9, 2017, Globe & Mail)
- New York Times takes ‘secretive’ AdvantageBC society to court over financial statements disclosure refusal (May 9, 2017, Business in Vancouver)
Inquest into the death of Brandon Juhani Jansen (BC Coroner's Service)
The firm represented a party at the BC Coroner's Service Inquest into the death of Brandon Juhani Jansen, which examined drug policies, treatment options, and the ongoing fentanyl-overdose crisis. The Coroner's jury made 21 recommendations directed at the Province of BC, the health authorities, and several professional colleges.
- The Overdose Crisis: We Know How to Save Lives, Doctors Say (Jan. 27, 2017, Tyee)
- B.C. acting on jury’s recommendations for drug addiction treatment (Jan. 26, 2017, Globe & Mail)
- Coroner's inquest jury makes 21 recommendations to reduce fatal drug overdoses (Jan. 25, 2017, CBC)
British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Boon et al. (BCSC)
The firm acted for a defendant in an action brought by BC Hydro against individuals opposed to the controversial Site C Dam project, currently under construction on the Peace River in northeast British Columbia. In February, 2016, BC Hydro brought an injunction seeking to enjoin members of the public from occupying areas necessary for clearing trees. The project is being opposed on the basis of economic and environmental grounds and First Nations' treaty rights.
- BC Hydro Injunction Against Site C Dam Encampment 'Fundamentally Flawed' (Feb. 17, 2016, DeSmog.ca)
- Opponents call for Site C delay ahead of B.C. court case (Feb. 18, 2016, Globe & Mail)
- BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C protesters (Feb. 22, 2016, CBC)
- B.C. Hydro's granted injunction infringes on Indigenous treaty rights (Mar. 3, 2016, rabble.ca)
Pinnacle Gaming Solutions Inc. v. BC Lottery Corporation et al. (BCSC)
The firm acted for a casino and gaming developer in a claim for damages against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the Province of British Columbia (Minister of Finance).
- Lawsuit claims B.C. Lottery Corporation misled North Shore casino developer (Jan. 13, 2016, Province)
- Casino Developer Sue Lottery Corp. (Jan. 17, 2016, North Shore News)
- Gaming firm claims years of negotiations over North Shore casino proposal down the drain (Jan. 26, 2016, Business in Vancouver)
Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC v. Dutton et al. (BCSC)
The firm acted for defendants in a lawsuit and injunction application brought by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, a Canadian subsidiary of international oil company Kinder Morgan. The oil company sought to conduct drilling work on Burnaby Mountain, which lead to peaceful protests involving hundreds of people including students, professors, indigenous leaders and other community members. Trans Mountain discontinued the lawsuit in January 2015 and paid legal costs.
- Trans Mountain drops civil action against Burnaby Kinder Morgan protesters (Jan. 30, 2015, CBC)
- Kinder Morgan loses bid to extend injunction (Nov. 27, 2014, CBC)
- Burnaby residents ask court to toss out Kinder Morgan’s lawsuit (Nov. 7, 2014, Vancouver Observer)
- Kinder Morgan takes pipeline protesters to court (Oct. 31, 2014, Global BC)
- Judge rejects Burnaby’s injunction bid against Kinder Morgan (Sept. 17, 2014, Globe and Mail)
Johnstone v. The Minister of Justice (BCSC)
The firm acted for the plaintiff in a claim against the RCMP (Minister of Justice) alleging police officers negligently permitted an international child abduction to occur. The case was covered by CBC's national news segment Go Public.
- RCMP negligent in parental abduction, father claims (February 16, 2015, CBC)
- North Vancouver man accusing RCMP of allowing his daughter to be kidnapped (Feb. 17, 2015, CKNW)
- Father claims Aussie ex kidnapped baby out of Canada with police help (Feb. 17, 2015, 9News)
Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Nat. Energy Board)
The firm represented a Burnaby residents' group that had intervenor status at the National Energy Board's public hearings into the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). The TMEP is a proposal by Kinder Morgan to build a pipeline from Edmonton, AB to Burnaby, BC. It is being opposed by a number of municipalities, First Nations and residents' groups. The National Energy Board held hearings into the proposal from April, 2014 to February, 2016.
- B.C. demands disclosure on pipeline proposal (Jan. 21, 2015, Global News)
- Former BC Hydro CEO pulls out of "biased" NEB Trans Mountain hearings (Nov. 4, 2014, Vancouver Sun)
- Kinder Morgan skirting pipeline questions (Jul. 5, 2014, CBC)
Inquest into the death of Lucîa Vega Jiménez (BC Coroner's Service)
The firm represented the BC Civil Liberties Association as an intervenor at the BC Coroner's Inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez, who died while in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency in holding cells at Vancouver International Airport.
- Jury recommendations in case of Lucia Jimenez include self-harm proofing of bathrooms (Oct. 8, 2014, Global News)
- Inquest hears about Lucia Vega Jimenez’s final hours (Oct. 3, 2014, Global News)
- Mexican woman who hanged herself showed no distress over deportation: inquest (Sept. 30, 2014, CTV News)
Wrongful Death Claims - Missing and Murdered Women (BCSC)
The firm represents a number of men and women whose mothers were victims of convicted serial murderer Robert W. Pickton. Civil claims against the municipal, provincial and federal governments were resolved out of court in mid-2014, while claims against certain named defendants are ongoing.
- Pickton lawsuit: B.C. to pay $50K per child (Mar. 16, 2014, 24 Hours Vancouver)
- Families of Four Pickton Victims File Sweeping Lawsuit (May 9, 2013, The Tyee)
- Children of missing women sue Pickton, police (May 9, 2013, 24 Hours Vancouver)
- Compensating children of missing B.C. women is complicated: Oppal (Dec. 19, 2012, Globe and Mail)
Civil Claims Against Police
The firm represents or has successfully represented numerous clients who have suffered damages as a result of various altercations or interactions with police. These claims typically involve physical and psychological injuries as well as economic loss and Charter damages, and are usually brought in conjunction with complaints to the Police Complaint Commissioner or Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP.
- Rare RCMP apology for Delta firearms company and owner (Jan. 18, 2016, Province)
- Vancouver man claims police kicked and stomped on his head (Aug. 13, 2014, CKNW AM)
- RCMP apologize, settle with P.G. man (Nov. 21, 2013, PG Citizen)
- Yao Wei Wu Settles Vancouver Police Mistaken Identity Beating (Oct. 26, 2012, Huffington Post)
Nanaimo Mounties are cleared in punching incident (Aug. 27, 2011, Canada.com)