Effective Advocacy. Consistent Results.

Selected Experience

 

2015

  1. Canada (MPSEP) v. Apakidze, (Federal Court, IMM-3113-15, per Bell J.)

    Injunction (immigration). On July 9, 2015 Mr. Chsherbinin successfully resisted the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness’ motion seeking to stay the execution of the Immigration Division’s order, which released his client from immigration detention, where he was held on the allegation of association with a criminal organization. Due to the government’s improper conduct, Justice Bell condemned it – with a rarely awarded – legal cost in the amount of $1,000.

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  3. GES (Canada) Globe Express Services Ltd. v. Sparx Logistics Canada Ltd., (per McCarthy J.)

    Injunction (employment). On July 3, 2015 Mr. Chsherbinin successfully resisted Globe Express’ motion, brought in the context of the breach of non-completion covenant, in which it sought to: (a) prevent Sparx Logistics from allegedly “misusing” its confidential information; and (b) obtain an order to inspect its computers. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed Globe Express’ motion in its entirety and awarded $15,000 in legal costs to Mr. Chsherbinin’s clients.

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  5. Logachov v. Canada (MPSEP), (Federal Court, IMM-2380-15, per Fothergill J.)

    Stay of Deportation (injunction). On May 29, 2015 the Federal Court granted a stay of Mr. Logachov’s removal from Canada to Ukraine, which was scheduled for May 31, 2015. The court was persuaded that some of the CBSA Officer’s reasons were “incomprehensible” and that there is “a real probability that unavoidable, irreparable harm will result” if Mr. Logachov was removed.

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  7. L.B. v. Co-ex-Tec, a Division of Magan Closures Inc., 2015 HRTO 567 (per Vice-chair Cook)

    Human Rights (discrimination based on disability). On May 5, 2015 the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal denied Co-ex-Tec’s application for an order dismissing the Applicant’s human rights complaint. In addition, the OHRT refused to defer the consideration of the Applicant’s application until the WSIAT appeal is concluded.

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  9. Trus v. Canada (CIC), (Federal Court, IMM-7006-13, per Manson J.)

    Judicial Review. On January 21, 2015 the Federal Court quashed and set aside the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s decision refusing the Trus family’s humanitarian & compassionate application. The CIC’s findings of fact were found to be unreasonable in light of the medical evidence put before it.

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    2014

  11. Berdzenadze v. Canada (CIC), (Federal Court, IMM-7805-14, per Russell J.)

    Judicial Review. On December 16, 2014 the Federal Court considered, on an expedited basis, and overturned the Immigration Division’s decision, because it found that Member Nupponen erred in law by refusing to consider alternatives to detention even though the Applicant’s identity was not yet determined. Justice Russell observed: “[7] The alternatives must be considered. The Board has its own view how the system works, but that view does not accord with the jurisprudence on point.”

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  13. Sidamonidze v. Canada (MPSEP), (Federal Court, IMM-1561-14, per Hughes J.)

    Injunction. On November 24, 2014 the Federal Court temporarily stayed the commencement of the admissibility hearing, where the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board sought to determine whether Mr. Sidamonidze is a member of the Georgian Organized Crime in Ontario.

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  15. Sidamonidze v. Canada (MPSEP), (Federal Court, IMM-1561-14)

    Judicial Review. On October 27, 2014 the Federal Court granted leave and agreed to hear a novel legal question: does a permanent resident have a right to cross-examine a CBSA officer on his statutory declaration prior to the officer transmitting a section 44(1) report to the Minister.

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  17. Moscicki (#3 & #4) v. Canada (CIC), 2014 FC 993, paras. 4-5 (Federal Court, per Hughes J.)

    Judicial Review. Issue: can a person who is on the government-funded ODSP support act as a bondsperson? The Federal Court said yes. While it clarified the law that plagued the Immigration Division with uncertainty, the court ultimately dismissed these applications.

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  19. Zaidline v. Canada (CIC), (Federal Court, IMM-3269-14, per Hughes J.)

    Judicial Review. Issue: the Immigration Appeal Division’s refusal to exercise its jurisdiction to hear an appeal. Facts: the Applicant was found ineligible to act as a sponsor. She appealed that decision to the Appeal Division, where Member V. Zanfir concluded that due to the Applicant’s ineligibility, the decision not to issue her mother a permanent resident visa was made. As such, in his view, the Applicant had no statutory right to appeal seemingly “non-existent” decision. On September 11, 2014, Justice Hughes overturned Member Zanfir’s decision.

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  21. Grigorovich v. Canada (CIC), TB4-00096 (Immigration Appeal Division, IRB, per Member Paul)

    Appeal. Issue: refusal of a spouse sponsorship application. On September 9, 2014, the Immigration Appeal Division overturned a Moscow-based visa officer’s decision refusing an outside-Canada spouse sponsorship application.

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  23. Chenhova v. Canada (CIC), (Federal Court, IMM-1713-14, per Prothonotary Milczynsky).

    Motion. Issue: filing of evidence after the pleadings were closed. Having been satisfied that Ms. Chenhova raised serious issues preventing her from filing her own affidavit, on June 30, 2014 the Federal Court granted an order permitting filing of her evidence after the pleadings were closed.

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  25. Gavashelishvili v. Canada (MPSEP), (Immigration Division, IRB)

    Detention Review. Allegation: inadmissibility to Canada based on organized criminality. Issue: should a person who is alleged to be a danger to the Canadian public and a flight risk be released from immigration detention ,3 days before his admissibility hearing? As a result of vigorous submissions during April 11, 14, 15, 22 and 29 and 30, 2014 hearings, Mr. Chsherbinin persuaded the Immigration Division that his client is neither a danger to the public nor a flight risk. Consequently, the Immigration Division released his client after 3 months of immigration detention and 3 days before his admissibility hearing. At the outset of the May 7, 2014 admissibility hearing, the Minister withdrew all allegations.

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  27. Pataraia v. Canada (CIC), (Fed. Court of Canada, IMM-2241-14, per Heneghan J. )

    Judicial Review. Allegation: inadmissibility to Canada based on organized criminality. Issues: Should the judicial review be expedited within a week? should the leave be granted? Did the Immigration Division conduct a 30-day detention review fairly? On April 11, 2014 Mr. Chsherbinin persuaded the Federal Court to expedite the judicial review. On April 17, 2014 the Court granted leave and judicially reviewed the Immigration Division’s decision. On April 22, 2014 Justice Heneghan set the Immigration Division’s decision aside for being unreasonable. In addition to Odosashvili (below), this case further affirms detainees’ right to sur-reply during detention reviews.

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  29. Odosashvili v. Canada (CIC), 2014 FC 308 (per Zinn J.)

    Judicial Review. Allegation: inadmissibility to Canada based on organized criminality. Issue: impact of the Minister’s “glaring misrepresentations” on the outcome of a detention review proceeding. On March 31, 2014 the Federal Court overturned the Immigration Division’s decision that continued Mr. Odosashvili’s immigration detention, because the Minister made “false submissions” and provided “inaccurate information in…the statutory declaration”. The case clarifies detainees’ right to sur-reply during detention reviews.

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  31. Canada (MPSEP) v. Sidamonidze (Fed. Court of Canada, IMM-1380-14 per McVeigh J.)

    Injunction. Allegation: inadmissibility to Canada based on organized criminality. Issue: stay of execution of the Order for Release. Mr. Chsherbinin successfully resisted the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness’ injunction seeking to stay the Immigration Division’s decision that released his client from immigration detention. The Federal Court dismissed the Minister’s injunction on March 6, 2014.

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    2013

  33. Cohen, Husson and Bravi  v. Canada (MPSEP), (Immigration Division, IRB)

    Detention Review. Issue: whether continued immigration detention is justified. On November 12, 2013 Mr. Chsherbinin persuaded the Immigration Division that Ms. Cohen, Ms. Husson and Mr. Brami’s continued detention is not justified. A week earlier, Mr. Chsherbinin assisted these clients in obtaining an “absolute discharge” for rare charges laid against them under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for working in Canada without authorization.

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  35. Sterling Tile v. LIUNA 183, (Lab. Arbitr., Arbitrator Trachuk)

    Motion. Issue: non-union employee’s standing in a labour arbitration proceeding. On July 16, 2013 Mr. Chsherbinin successfully argued that a supervisor was entitled to third party standing in the arbitration proceeding together with an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and make submissions, and without bearing his share of costs.

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  37. Korolove v. Canada (CIC), 2013 FC 370 (per Strickland J.)

    Appeal. Issue: denial of Canadian citizenship. On April 12, 2013 Mr. Chsherbinin prevailed in a highly contested appeal arising from the Citizenship Judge’s denial of Canadian citizenship to the appellant.

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    2012

  39. Singh v. Chandel, FS-12-00038-29922, (Ont. S.C.J., per Czutrin J.)

    Mareva Injunction & Norwich Order. Issue: freezing of assets. On November 27, 2012 Mr. Chsherbinin successfully obtained exceptional orders freezing the defendants’ banks accounts in Ontario and Canada-wide and requiring Royal Bank of Canada to release the detailed records of transactions.

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  41. Khodov v. Canada (CIC), IMM-8164-11 (Fed. Court of Canada, per Hughes J.)

    Judicial Review. Issue: refusal to defer removal from Canada. On July 26, 2012, the Federal Court decided the judicial review in Mr. Khodov’s favour. The decision of an enforcement officer was quashed and remitted back for re-determination.

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  43. Chachanidze v. Canada (Minister of Public Safety & Emerg. Prep.), (Immigration Division, IRB)

    Detention Review. Issue: whether the detention is justified. On February 10, 2012 Mr. Chsherbinin successfully argued before the Immigration Division of the Immigration & Refugee Board that Mr. Chachanidze’s continued immigration detention is not justified.

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    2011

  45. Khodov v. Canada (Minister of Public Safety & Emerg. Prep.), (Federal Court, per O’Keefe J.)

    Injunction. Issue: deportation from Canada. On November 16, 2011, Mr. Chsherbinin successfully persuaded the Federal Court that the Enforcement Officer erred in law when he refused to defer Mr. Khodov’s removal from Canada.

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  47. Bennett v. Cunningham, 2011 ONSC 28 (Ontario Divisional Court, per Hackland J. )

    Appeal. Issue: just cause dismissal based on insolence. In this case, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld Mr. Chsherbinin’s argument that one ill-advised letter from the employee to her employer, calling her “dishonest and negligent”, was not enough to justify firing her without notice. This case provides an interesting look into the nature of dismissal for cause and the challenge employers face when seeking to establish just cause for dismissal.

  48. 2010

  49. Elliott v. Mills Pontiac Buick GMC Ltd., 2010 HRTO 2360

    Motion. Issue: the Applicant sought disclosure of privileged information, in order to opportunistically bolster her claim. In this case, Mr. Chsherbinin, on behalf of the corporate respondent, successfully persuaded the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal that the privilege was the employer’s and not the employee’s to waive.

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  51. Zvorygin v. Canada (CIC), 2010 CanLII83654 (IRB (App. Div.), per Member Macdougall)

    Appeal. Issue: revocation of permanent resident status based on failure to comply with residency requirements. In this case, Mr. Chsherbinin successfully argued before the Immigration Appeal Division that the decision made by the visa officer at the Embassy of Canada in Moscow, Russia revoking the applicant’s permanent resident status due to his failure to meet the residency obligation was not valid in law.

  52. 2009

  53. La Citadelle International Academy of Art & Science Inc. v. Taheri, 2009, (Ont. S.C.J (Sm. Crt.)).

    Trial. Issue: breach of contract. At trial, Mr. Chsherbinin successfully argued, on behalf of the corporate plaintiff, that the individual defendant fundamentally breached the contract for supply of educational services.