Darryl Singer in the News

Darryl Singer believes in speaking his mind, contributing to the legal profession, and standing up to do the right thing. He is frequently quoted in The Law Times and has been published in The Globe and Mail. He is regularly featured on Newstalk 1010, Toronto’s largest talk radio station. He is a member of AdvocateDaily.com. He is the wellness columnist for The Lawyer’s Daily, a LexisNexis Canada publication. He blogs about legal ethics and fighting for those who don’t have a voice at Huff Post Canada.


THE TORONTO SUN - Former student sues teacher charged with sexually assaulting her

Toronto Police had issued a statement that they’d arrested Wexford Collegiate School of the Arts teacher John Kraft, 57, after a female student alleged she’d been sexually assaulted multiple times between late last year and March.

And on Thursday, she filed a $1-million lawsuit against the teacher and the Toronto District School Board, alleging he groomed her for years and the board did nothing to protect her.

In her claim, she alleges that during her last few years of high school, Kraft would often make inappropriate and sexually suggestive comments and “took every opportunity to touch her in a sexual manner.” She claims he would also make disparaging remarks about her boyfriend not being “man enough” for her.


CANADIAN LAWYER - LSO allows lawyer to surrender licence in review that considered his mental health

A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has decided to move forward with the termination of a lawyer’s licence, in a decision that included a lengthy analysis of the lawyer’s mental health issues.

Darryl Singer, head of the commercial and civil litigation practice group at Diamond & Diamond Lawyers, represented Darwin Anthony Yantha of Barry's Bay, Ont., and he says he was torn about the decision. He says that although he was disappointed that his client will have his licence terminated, he was “very, very” happy with the tribunal’s consideration of its duty to accommodate alcoholism and depression under the Ontario Human Rights Code.


IT WORLD CANADA - Toronto man sues Facebook $500,000 for ‘anxiety’ related to Cambridge Analytica breach

In a release from Diamond and Diamond, the law firm retained by Mettucci, he claims to have received two notifications from Facebook in April, notifying him that on a couple occasions his “personal information had been improperly accessed and shared with Cambridge Analytica without his consent or knowledge.”

This is an unprecedented lawsuit that seeks to answer the question, how much is our private data worth.

Singer told IT World Canada that this has caused his client significant pain and grief as well as a loss of quality of life. Mattucci is receiving psychological treatment and has had to increase his medications since the whole experience began.


THE LAWYER'S DAILY - Wellness: Envy is the enemy of mental health for lawyers

The heart of envy is this: we desire what someone else has. Here’s the problem: we don’t really know what others have. We have the outward signs and external trappings of what others have, which is not a reliable indicator of what they want, either. They are probably envying what someone else has. In essence, we’re envying what someone else appears to have.


CANADA NEWSWIRE - Darryl Singer joins Diamond and Diamond as Head of Civil Litigation

As of June 1, the firm has officially opened its commercial and civil litigation division. The division will be led by Darryl Singer, a Toronto-area lawyer with more than 24 years of trial, advocacy and negotiating experience.

Singer brings with him his entire team of experienced lawyers, paralegals and law clerks from his former firm, Singer Barristers PC.


THE LAW TIMES - Lawyer gets reprimand for advertising violation

Darryl Singer of Singer Barristers in Toronto, who represented D’Alimonte in the matter, says the matter was ultimately resolved jointly with the tribunal’s counsel and that D’Alimonte would be issued a reprimand — the lowest form of formal discipline under the Law Society Act.

“Mr. D’Alimonte was indeed found guilty of professional misconduct; he acknowledged that misconduct,” says Singer, noting that while D’Alimonte may have entered into an arrangement to pay an improper referral fee, no payments had been made.

Singer says the process to revamp the Merricks Law Group website to comply with the law society’s rules began last year after the LSO began its investigation.

It was taken down entirely in April, before re-launching recently, and is now in compliance with LSO rules, says Singer.


THE LAWYER'S DAILY - Wellness: Three tips addiction taught me for a happier practice

Several weeks ago, I spoke to more than 800 lawyers at the Law Society of Ontario’s Annual Family Law Summit. I was invited to speak about my descent into narcotic addiction and concomitant depression and how I successfully recovered and rebuilt my life and career.


"The Jerry Agar Show," NEWSTALK 1010 - Darryl Singer talks about denial of PTSD insurance claims

Darryl Singer talks about why the default position for all insurance companies is to deny claims for both property damage and rehabilitation with popular Toronto radio host Jerry Agar.


THE FINANCIAL POST - Kathleen Wynne once promised to lower car insurance rates. Guess what happened next?

While car insurers say the reason for high rates is so much fraud, Lazar has another phrase for it: he calls it “excessive profitability.” The Financial Services Commission of Ontario — the regulator — is clearly not holding Ontario’s car insurers to account. What’s the point of a regulator that does not regulate? It’s superfluous. A fifth wheel.

In 2013, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals promised to deliver Ontarians a 15-per-cent reduction in car insurance premiums. Wynne later said that it was a “stretch goal” — and instead of the promised reduction, we have had about a 2.5-per-cent premium increase. The Insurance Bureau says auto premiums in Ontario are now 45-per-cent higher than Alberta’s and about twice as high as those in the Maritimes.

Lazar estimates that cumulative premium overpayments might have been as high as $9.2 billion since 2001 or approximately 6.5 per cent of premiums, based on assumptions of lower operating costs and a more reasonable profitability benchmark. In the last five years alone, overpayments might have totaled $5 billion — 9.5 per cent of the total premiums paid during this past five years. This translates to an additional $143 per year for each policyholder.


"The Nighside," NEWSTALK 1010 - Darryl Singer talks about over-billing, excessive profits by Ontario Auto Insurers (MP3 file)

In an updated report dated April 26, 2018, by Dr. Fred Lazar, of the Schulich School of Business, a number of things have come to light about car insurance rates and lack of accident benefit payouts for Ontario drivers:

- Auto insurance companies are making record profits.
- Premier Wynne promised a 15% reduction in auto insurance premiums. Instead, we have a 2.5% increase.
- Claims are actually down by 27%.
- And yet, we get the Big Insurance party line: “There’s sooooo much fraud out there, that’s why premiums are so high to offset fraud….”
- The starting point for all car insurance claims, especially accident benefits and rehab, is always: “Denied!”
- The regulator, Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), that is supposed to regulate profitability, is allowing TRIPLE profit margins by Big Insurance companies.
- Where is the accountability? Neither the regulator nor the Ontario Provincial Government is taking action on this.

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