Rachel Cooper is an experienced litigation lawyer with a practice focused on product liability. She represents clients in the automotive, manufacturing, and insurance industries, advising on products ranging from automobiles, recreational vehicles, farming equipment, and automotive accessories and parts, to plumbing parts, hand and power tools, fire suppression systems, and various consumer goods.
Rachel’s defence expertise includes providing guidance on product inspections, working with accident reconstruction and design experts, defending company witnesses at discovery, and assessing personal injury and property damages. She often serves as national coordinating counsel, ensuring consistency in the presentation of corporate issues, and alignment with legal and business strategies.
Providing advice on regulations governing a variety of products, Rachel also helps clients mitigate product liability risk by advising on matters relating to product manuals and labelling, and assisting with corrective actions such as product recalls.
Rachel appears regularly before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including alternative dispute resolution.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently upheld a non-pecuniary damage award from a jury exceeding its previous guidance.
Ontario Divisional Court clarifies that automobile insurance only applies to direct causes of injury under the Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule.
The decision in Barz concerns the interplay between Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Traffic Safety Act.
On December 8 2020 Ontario passed Bill 118 amending the Occupiers Liability Act and shortening the notice period in slip and fall claims from 2 years to 60 days
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