Monday, July 16, 2007

UPDATE: ONTARIO DEMAND LETTERS

Back in April, we posted an item about some Ontario lawyers who are sending demand letters threatening Ontario legal proceedings in consumer disputes that have no Ontario connection. (See www.bc-lawline.blogspot.com/2007/04/consumer-alert-demand-letters.html).

In our view, these letters were inappropriate and raised serious ethical concerns, so we filed a formal complaint with the Law Society of Ontario (or Law Society of Upper Canada as they are officially known).

In our original post on this topic, we noted Society had promised to get back to us by mid June. In fact, we have contacted them several times in June and July by phone, and they now say they will not have a report before the Fall.

No doubt the people working in the complaints department are hard-working, competent people, but if this is the best they can do, they must be ridiculously understaffed.

We’ll follow up in September, and let you know. In the meantime, anyone receiving such a letter can contact us at (604) 408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525.

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