In Giacomodonato v. PearTree Securities Inc., 2023 ONSC 5628, Justice Centra issued a costs decision after the Plaintiff was awarded $718,103.
The Judge was quite upset that the Defendant brought a bogus counterclaim which they abandoned on day 3 of the trial. This is what he said:
 Fifth, this is an appropriate case to award costs to discourage frivolous and strategic claims. In my view, PearTree’s counterclaim, including its claim for punitive damages, was obviously meritless. Employers who owe money to employees should be discouraged from engaging in tactical litigation designed to discourage employees from pursuing their rights and entitlements.
 Having presided over this ten-day trial, however, certain things are crystal clear to me. PearTree invited this litigation. PearTree conducted this litigation in an unforgiving, scorched earth, and bare-knuckle manner. It missed no opportunity to malign Mr. Donato. PearTree’s decision to pursue a counterclaim and punitive damages of so little merit leaves me to infer that those claims were advanced only for tactical reasons and in an attempt to dissuade Mr. Donato from pursuing the money PearTree owed to him. PearTree’s attempt to now claim that this action “was an unexceptional employment action” is entirely inconsistent with its own approach to this litigation. In my view, and in light of the choices it made in the conduct of this litigation, it should have reasonably expected to face a costs order of this magnitude.
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