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SCC decision on impartiality of expert witnesses means nothing will change

Jon Laxer was quoted in the Financial Post on May 4, 2015, following his interview with Julius Melnitzer about the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton Co.

May 04, 2015 (Toronto)

Counterintuitively, the Supreme Court of Canada has decided that paid expert witnesses have a duty to be impartial and outlined an arguably meaningless process by which their impartiality is to be determined.

"This is the first time the Supreme has given guidance on whether experts need to be impartial and how that affects whether or not the court will hear their evidence," says Jon Laxer of Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin, who represented the successful parties in the appeal. "It's a murky area that I've run into several times."