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Gavin Magrath discusses SCC decision in Consolidated Fastfrate

Much of the Canadian transportation industry is abuzz with talk of the recent Supreme Court decision in Teamsters v Fastfrate – and not surprisingly, commentators looked to Gavin Magrath for an expert opinion. Gavin’s opinions on the case – the … Continue reading

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Freight Forwarders are “Local Undertakings” – Supreme Court of Canada

On 26 November the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Consolidated Fastfrate v Teamsters. Fastfrate offered local distribution services in a number of Canadian cities, but where freight moved between these cities the interprovincial haulage was … Continue reading

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DHS Pushes Back 100% Screening

Industry sources are saying that the US Department of Homeland Security will extend a blanket two-year extension on rules intended to provide for 100% screening of containers destined for the U.S. by 2012. Agence France-Presse reported yesterday that U.S. Homeland … Continue reading

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Summary Judgment for American Forwarder in Ontario Court

On 20 November 2009, Justice Pitt of the Ontario Superior Court handed down a summary judgment in favour of New Jersey based forwarder and NVOCC (and Magrath O’Connor client) American Transport Logistics against a Toronto-based shipper, Kobi Group. The case … Continue reading

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When Indemnities Go Wrong

A client recently had a big problem with a little form. A consignee had sought delivery of goods against a bond of indemnity in the forwarder’s standard form. There were only two problems: the form was poorly drafted and improperly … Continue reading

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The Best Offence…

More than 95% of cases settle; while a contested trial makes for good television, early and favourable settlements make for the best client outcomes. Continue reading

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Sarah O’Connor elected as Asst. Province President

Sarah O’Connor has been elected as Assistant Province President for Province 4 of Phi Delta Phi.  Province 4 is Eastern Canada and includes McGill University (Laurier Inn), University of Ottawa (Martland Inn), University of Toronto (Laskin Inn), University of Western … Continue reading

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Rotterdam Rules (I): Where we are, and how we got here

The “Rotterdam Rules” is the informal name for the “Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea”, named for the city at which the signing ceremony will be held in September 2009. Negotiated through … Continue reading

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Gavin Magrath named to CIFFA National Board of Directors

Magrath O’Connor is proud to announce that Gavin Magrath has been named to the National Board of Directors of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders’ Association as an ad hoc Director. He becomes the first Associate Member to hold a position … Continue reading

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Gavin Magrath Acclaimed to Second 2-year Term on OBA Council

Magrath O’Connor is proud to announce that Gavin Magrath has been acclaimed to serve a second 2-year term as a council member representing Toronto lawyers on the Ontario Bar Association Council. The Ontario Bar Association – “the Voice of the … Continue reading

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