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Canadian Legal Newswire - Mar 14


Editor’s Note

We are once again taking votes for our latest regional firm ranking. This time firms from Ontario are in the spotlight, so please take a minute to participate in our survey, and rank the Ontario-based, full-service firms you feel are deserving of recognition. Have your say by this Friday.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director

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LSUC paid $2M to lawyer's victims
Law Times
Despite concerns over the Law Society of Upper Canada's actions as police charged a disbarred Toronto lawyer with fraud this month, solicitor-client privilege prevents the regulator from sharing information from its investigations, say candidates in the upcoming bencher elections.

Individuals have no right to settle class actions: court
Law Times
Individual litigants lose their right to settle once a class action has been certified, according to a recent Ontario Superior Court decision.

Alberta court says national regulator 'unconstitutional'
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Ottawa's efforts to establish a national securities regulator have been dealt a blow in the Alberta Court of Appeal, which has ruled the central entity would be unconstitutional if established.

Ontario Directroy


Moot wrap-up
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The national and regional moot competitions across Canada have wrapped up, giving students a chance to relax their newly acquired reflex to practise speech gestures in front of reflective surfaces and understanding friends and family. While everyone is taking a well-deserved breather — or gearing up to make grand arm sweeps in front of an international crowd — 4Students has tallied up the results of the various competitions.

Two law grads continue fight to become lawyers
Law Times
Two former law students are continuing their fight with the Law Society of Upper Canada after it spurned their applications to become lawyers.

Help, don't hinder, your career with online reputation
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Reputation is a key component in all legal careers. With the world becoming increasingly virtual, lawyers have to become ever more aware of the impact and potential consequences of their "virtual" reputations.



Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 14 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Did Mustapha alter rules for psychological harm
Law Times
Did the Supreme Court of Canada's 2008 decision in Mustapha v. Culligan of Canada Ltd. change the threshold for compensable psychological injury unaccompanied by physical injury? That was the question facing a five-member panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Healey v. Lakeridge Health Corp

LSUC disbars two Toronto lawyers
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has revoked the licences of John Lawrence Burns and Arnold Fitzgerald Kelly. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Manilla deserves second chance with condition
Law Times, editorial
In many ways, the Law Society of Upper Canada had good reason for denying law school star Ryan Manilla from becoming a lawyer.

A little less bluster, a little more practical problem solving
Canadian Lawyer online
Last Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day — a day in which we are supposed to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across the nations. In Canada, it passed without much fanfare or acknowledgment of the contributions and impact women have had in creating and sustaining our modern society, writes Margaret Waddell in the latest installment of Trials & Tribulations.

Kerr and Vanasse create no presumption of shared property
Law Times
After many months of waiting to see what the Supreme Court of Canada would do with property division in common law relationships, lawyers got answers on Feb. 18 when Justice Thomas Cromwell expanded the law to make it easier for common law spouses to bring forward unjust enrichment claims upon the breakdown of a relationship, writes Family Law columnist Marta Siemiarczuk.

Using trade to advance women's rights
Canadian Lawyer, online
Much of the discussion around International Women's Day in Canada focused on how well woman are doing in the global north. In contrast, many of our southern sisters are still facing a daunting array of different forms of gender discrimination that leave them vulnerable and impoverished, writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There.

Law firms beware
Canadian Lawyer, online
The private right of civil action in Canada’s new anti-spam law puts law firm client marketing in the spotlight, writes Mark McMackin.


Top Ontario Regional Firm Rankings
Canadian Lawyer is asking senior lawyers, managing partners, and in-house counsel to weigh in on top 10 full-service law firms with offices only in Ontario. Each firm recognized in the rankings will be featured in the magazine. The top vote-getter will be feted as the Ontario Regional Law Firm of the Year. Your responses are completely confidential, and are the best way for us to judiciously determine how the firms stack up. Your feedback will help us assemble rankings that will appear in our May 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Please click here to cast your votes by March 18 for the top Ontario Regional Law Firm.

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the new blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Former B.C. chief justice Brenner passes away

Enough done to purge contempt citation?

SCC denies leave in case of confused jurors

B.C. not providing most basic legal aid needs: report

$750-million class action against GM, law firm goes forward

Bencher Election

Law Times' in-depth coverage of the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election is in full swing at our dedicated election website so stop by for a visit, read the news and answer the weekly poll question, which this week is: Should the LSUC provide insurance for legal fees to lawyers defending themselves in disciplinary actions?. We encourage candidates for the April 29 poll to get your names out there and submit a free profile to the web site.

Latest bencher election news:

Benchers stepping down for new lawyers to serve

Bencher candidates weigh in on last week's poll question
Is the Law Society of Upper Canada doing enough to address equity, diversity, and women's participation in the profession?

Moves & Shakes

Keep up to date with Canadian Lawyer's online Moves and Shakes section. Send your announcements of new hires, lateral moves, mergers, breakups, award winners, appointments and any other news about yourself or your firm to Click here to read what your colleagues are up to. It's updated daily.


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Case law

Case Law is a sample selection from the weekly summaries of notable unreported civil and criminal court decisions published in Law Times newspaper.

Stewart Mckelvey

OMSD 2011

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