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Jack D. Coop*


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Jack specializes in all aspects of environmental litigation: civil actions, prosecutions, class actions, administrative hearings, and judicial review applications, including advice work on how to avoid such litigation and successfully deal with regulators. Jack’s environmental litigation expertise has been refined through more than twenty years as an Ontario Crown counsel and ten years in private practice. As Crown counsel, Jack spent ten years with the Ministry of the Attorney General representing all ministries of the Crown in civil litigation (including civil actions for damages, class actions and judicial review) and ten years with the Ministry of the Environment conducting prosecutions and hearings.

Jack’s practice with the firm focuses on civil actions, judicial review, environmental hearings and the defense of prosecutions. He has litigated in every level of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court. He has written and taught extensively in the fields of environmental law and regulatory liability, including as Adjunct Professor at both the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. Jack is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law.


FEBRUARY 08 2017

Court Terminates Pollution Enforcement Action As Against Canadian Subsidiary Of Chevron

On January 20, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a summary judgment decision in the case of Yaiguaje v Chevron Corporation, terminating a civil claim by Ecuadorian plaintiffs against Chevron Canada Limited ("CCL")...

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JANUARY 27 2017

Supreme Court Of Canada Releases Judgment On Defence Of Officially Induced Error

In an oral judgment released today in R. v. Bedard, the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed the elements of the defense of officially induced error, as set out in its 2006 decision in Lévis (City) v. Tétreault...

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JANUARY 24 2017

Ontario Court Of Appeal Makes Significant Limitations Ruling

In a decision released January 11, 2017 - Crombie Property Holdings Limited v. McColl-Frontenac Inc. et. al - the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a summary judgment decision of the Superior Court of Justice that dismissed a civil lawsuit seeking damages for property contamination based upon the running of a limitation period...

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DECEMBER 08 2016

New Regulations And Proclamations Under The Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016

As reported in our November 28, 2016 Energy and Environmental Law Newsletter, on November 30, 2016, the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 and its two scheduled statutes, the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 were proclaimed into law. The old Waste Diversion Act, 2002, was repealed...

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NOVEMBER 29 2016

New Regulations And Proclamations Under The Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is moving to implement its new waste diversion legislation, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 (WFOA)...


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Four Recent Decisions Raise Concern About Parity in Sentencing

Four recent Ontario Provincial Court sentencing decisions - two under the Occupational Health & Safety Act ("OHSA"), and two under the Environmental Protection Act ("EPA"), throw into high relief the disparity of sentencing approaches under the two statutes, and suggest that environmental offences may be drawing disproportionately high fines...

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Advocates Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Law Journal, Environmental Editor


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1985
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
  • University of Manitoba, B.A. (Hons.)

Professional Designations

  • Certified Specialist in Environmental Law


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Consistently Recommended in the area of Environmental Law.
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2014-2017: Environmental Law.
  • 2014 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers: Leading Lawyer.
  • Martindale-Hubbell: Civil Litigation, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Municipal Law, BV® Distinguished™


  • YMCA, Volunteer Instructor
  • First Interfaith Out of the Cold Program, Congregation Darchei Noam and St. Matthews United Church, Volunteer
  • Friends for Life Bike Rally (Toronto People With AIDS Foundation), Volunteer Rider
  • Ride to Conquer Cancer, Volunteer Rider

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