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Dec
01
2019

Punitive

Posted in Collections

People sometimes behave very badly. Really, it’s true! This behaviour (e.g. assault) can result in both civil awards of damages and criminal prosecution. Punitive damages can be awarded in civil proceedings, but can they be awarded if the defendant has also been convicted and punished criminally? That question was the subject of Gennett Lumber Co v. John Doe aka Harvey, a 2019 decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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Conspiracy

The plaintiff was defrauded of approximately $200,000 by way of a four-person conspiracy. The conspiracy involved fraudulent orders for hardwood flooring, paid for by stolen credit cards.

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