By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
This case is a hefty read at 326 pages, but is so chock-full of gems that it is worth it. I had a difficult time picking a few examples to share. Reading the Table of Contents alone should give you a chuckle. Here are the first few paragraphs to give you a taste:
 Leave an untruthful man in the witness box long enough and he will reveal himself to the world. Here ends the lesson, but not the story.
 The story concerns the 2006 purchase and sale of a business – specifically, a hearing clinic. How difficult could that be? Two experienced multiple-clinic owners, each represented by a lawyer and with the almost-daily (sometimes hourly) assistance of chartered accountants, put together a transaction with more loose ends than a badly knit sweater.
 I have found it impossible to articulate a helpful overview of this trial. Sitting atop the evidence here is like scaling a very, very high mountain only to find that, when one reaches the summit, one is too far from everything to see anything. The best that I can do is say that the core of the case is the allegation that the individual defendants and their accountant knowingly made fraudulent misrepresentations and withheld information, such that the plaintiff overpaid for the hearing clinic. General damages are sought. It is further alleged that the defendants intentionally committed certain acts (said to be acts of bad faith and improper conduct bordering upon fraud) that impeded the transfer of assets, 2014 ONSC 5831 (CanLII)4 The Hearing Clinic (Niagara Falls) Inc. v. 866073 Ontario Limited, et al. constituting breach of contract, and thereby caused the plaintiff to suffer specific financial losses.