No more trials? What would Cicero Say?

By Dermot Nolan There is nothing virtual about real justice. But virtual justice may be the new reality. And we should be worried. The digital trap had already been set before COVID-19 tripped it. Suddenly, everything is remote. Personal contact is out; distancing is in. We have the technology. Who needs real people? We’ve got screens. Convenient, to be sure. But dangerous. A recent internal report by two members of the powerful and little-know

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Bad Faith in the Manner of Dismissal

  Bad Faith in the Manner of Dismissal 16th Annual Hamilton Law Association Employment Law Seminar November 14, 2019   Nolan, Ciarlo LLP 1 King Street West, Suite 700 Hamilton, ON L8P 1A4   Introduction Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a $100,000 bad faith damages award in a wrongful dismissal case and commented that such an amount was well within the range of recent awards where employees were mistrea

The Law At Work: Bad Faith in Employment Dismissals

The Law At Work September, 2019 (Published in the Hamilton Law Association Journal) With the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Colistro v. Tbaytel 2019 ONCA 197, it is becoming increasingly apparent that damages for bad faith dismissals may be on an upward trajectory. This important doctrine continues to evolve and is a powerful and uniquely flexible tool to use when advocating on behalf of employees. With these damages on the rise, it is

The Law at Work: Employment Law and the Legalization of Cannabis

The Law at Work: Employment Law and the Legalization of Cannabis Mark Daly and Ned Nolan Published in the Hamilton Law Association Journal, December 2018   History was made on October 17th, 2018 as Canada hit a milestone by legalizing the recreational consumption of cannabis. While this move has been celebrated by many Canadians, it has also contributed to additional legal uncertainty – particularly in the workplace. The Law The Cannabis A

Hamilton Law Association 2018 Ed Orzel Award

On December 6, 2018, The Hamilton Law Association awarded Dermot P. Nolan of Nolan Ciarlo, LLP with the Ed Orzel Award for excellence in trial advocacy. The award recognizes a member of the Hamilton Law Association for excellence in trial advocacy for a single outstanding trial effort or for a career in trial advocacy. In the photo above, Dermot is presented with the award by Pat Mackesy, president of the Hamilton Law Association. Nolan, Ciarlo L...


JURY AWARDS $188,000; COURT FORCED TO REDUCE IT TO $5,800.  November 7, 2018 If ever there was any doubt about the carnage wrought by the Ontario legislature for the benefit of the Insurance industry, look no further than the recent case of A.B. V Waite (2018 ONSC 2151), a decision by Justice C McLeod of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. After a three week trial and three days of deliberation, the jury awarded the Plaintiff damages of over $1

Dermot P. Nolan named 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”

September 17, 2018 Nolan, Ciarlo LLP’s senior partner, Dermot P. Nolan was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" for Corporate and Commercial Litigation in the Hamilton area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year". The Lawyer of the Year is selected based on singularly impressive voting averages received during peer review assessments of abi...

The Law At Work: Employment Law and the #MeToo Movement

July 2018 By Ned Nolan and Mark Daly The #MeToo movement is a long overdue awakening which is bringing to light the prevalence of sexual harassment in our society - particularly in the workplace. Often thought of as a cultural movement fuelled by social media, #MeToo also has to function as a legal movement fuelled by intelligent advocacy, litigation and heightened legal compliance by employers. If #MeToo has taught us anything, it is that work


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