Family and Fertility lawyer Erin Lepine has written an article for the latest issue of Law Times, called “Stop the commercialization of surrogacy”. The article discusses the push by Anthony Housefather, chair of the House of Commons justice committee, to decriminalize payment in surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation arrangements in Canada. Erin argues that the commercialization of surrogacy would violate a number of core Canadian values.
Peter Cronyn was featured in a Lawyers Daily article this week, called “Wrongful impregnation of patients with fertility doctors’ own sperm raises novel criminal law questions, experts say”. It is the first in a two-part series. The piece looks at the legal implications of misconduct in fertility treatment, and discusses Dr Norman Barwin, the fertility doctor who is alleged to have inseminated patients with the wrong sperm, sometimes his own.
Indigenous lawyer Michel Nolet was recently featured in an article in the Law Times about the developing class action related to the “Indian hospitals”. These were operational in Canada between 1945 and 1981, and it is alleged that many Indigenous people suffered abuse and mistreatment at these institutions.
In the wake of tragedies such as the van attack in Toronto early this week, it is natural for people to think about whether it could have been prevented. Our very own David Contant was interviewed on Tuesday for an article in Canadian Underwriter. He spoke about the liability of the rental company that had leased out the van that was used in the attack, as well as implications for insurers.
A case brought on by Marta Siemiarczuk regarding the challenges of the constantly evolving nature of modern families and how the law defines families was mentioned in a recent Law Times article.
The story of Dr. Norman Barwin and the allegations that he used his own sperm in his fertility practice has been widely reported. It is testament to what a devastating story it is, and how life-changing for the patients and children involved. The class action against Dr. Barwin has made news not only in Canada, but around the world. Below are some selected articles.
In 2016, Nelligan O’Brien Payne commenced a class action law suit against Dr. Norman Barwin who allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate up to 11 patients seeking fertility treatments at his clinic, the Broadview Fertility Clinic. CTV’s W5 investigated this story, and it will air on Saturday, April 7th at 7pm.
Congratulations to Pam MacEachern, this year’s recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women’s Equality!
In 1984, James Morrison was charged with selling state secrets. John Nelligan represented Mr. Morrison in the trial, with assistance from Peter Cronyn. James Morrison first appeared on CBC’s The Fifth Estate back in 1983, and the program circled back to the story last week. Peter Cronyn was interviewed for the episode.
Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. And 2018 is the Year of the Dog! People born in the Year of the Dog – birth years 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006 – are characterised as sincere, reliable, considerate, intelligent, and hardworking. Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s Intellectual Property Group wishes you and your family health, happiness and prosperity for 2018.