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Faster Lawsuits: Ontario Summary Judgment Motions Clarified

An important Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) decision on the issue of Ontario summary judgment motions had been rendered, affecting all civil litigation, including personal injury lawsuits and insurance lawsuits as well: Hryniak v. Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7 (CanLII).

This decision provides clarity as to the powers and responsibilities of the Court, and parties, in respect of summary judgment motions. It further clarifies the law after the Ontario Court of Appeal decisions in Combined Air – note that Hryniak was one of the five actions in the Ontario Court of Appeal’s Combined Air decision.