When national law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP blew up in early 2014, I covered the story for Canadian Lawyer, writing about a Frankenstorm of events that caused the firm’s demise. So when former Heenan co-managing partner Norm Bacal’s book Breakdown: The Inside Story of The Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie came out in early March, I was curious to read it.
For better or worse, the personal injury firm Diamond & Diamond has become the poster child for referral fees. The Toronto-based firm, with its trademarked 1-800-567-HURT phone line and “consultation” offices stretching from Timmins to Windsor, Ont., advertises heavily across the province and has been known to use models in skin-tight pants and shirts to plug its legal services, much to the chagrin of many personal injury lawyers.
Competition commissioner John Pecman has interesting regulatory culinary tastes. Since being appointed Canada’s top competition cop in September 2012, the Competition Bureau’s public merger reviews and investigations have looked into everything from hamburger and donuts to chicken, groceries, beer and chocolate. Now the Bureau has the “haute cuisine” of airline food in its crosshairs.