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Canadian Legal Newswire - Mar 14


Editor’s Note

Last week we encountered a few technical glitches with the software that sends out the Canadian Legal Newswire. So apologies to those who received the Newswire multiple times over multiple days as well as to any readers who did not receive it at all. We hope we have it all ironed out now so everyone will only get it once — and on time.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director



Former associate sues Mathews Dinsdale for $1.3 million
Law Times
Employment law boutique Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP is facing a $1.3-million wrongful dismissal suit from a former associate as the fallout continues from a party more than two years ago and as the partner at the centre of it all leaves the firm.

Remains of the day
Canadian Lawyer
In the April cover story, we examine how telecomm giant Nortel is essentially gone but not forgotten as it continues to wind its way through myriad and complex court and bankruptcy proceedings.

Firms denied fee boost
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has denied a request by four law firms to boost their legal fees for settling a class action lawsuit on behalf of payday loan customers, who alleged they were charged criminal rates of interest.

Top boutiques; A cut above
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer highlights the best boutiques in the areas of personal injury and trusts and estates in this first part of the top boutiques feature from the April issue.

Foreign anti-bribery enforcement comes under scrutiny
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
An international report highly critical of Canada's enforcement of its foreign official anti-bribery laws will likely increase pressure on Canadian authorities and companies to improve compliance in this area, a panel of experts told a Toronto audience last week.

Thomson Rogers


Advocates call for new approach to ADR
Law Times
The interest-based form of mediation has become widespread and mainstream, but there are those who wish to educate the field on another approach.

The fight for the hallways
Canadian Lawyer
In denying Quebec media an appeal for unrestricted camera access in courthouse hallways, the Supreme Court of Canada opens the door for new media freedoms in the rest of Canada.

Just saying 'no' to retirement
Canadian Lawyer
Don't ever tell Ned Levitt it's time for him to retire. The 63-year-old partner at Aird & Berlis LLP intends to carry on practising law "until the hearse pulls up to the door." He's one of many healthy and highly motivated baby boomers who believe they will remain active and productive for many years to come.

Lawyers raise $80K for family's new home
Law Times
Pat and Laura Kemp's ramshackle four-bedroom home was literally splitting in two by the time the Frontiers Foundation and a group of Canadian lawyers and judges stepped in to help.

Singer Kwinter


Canada makes mark at international Jessup competition
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Although moot season wrapped up weeks ago for most Canadian teams, three talented teams made it into the "playoffs" and participated this past week in the White & Case international rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Competition.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 4 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Be counted
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Students floating in their own bubbles might wonder what the common denominator is between law students and politics. It's easy to see why a political science major might gleefully throw themselves into a federal election, but why law students?

Case nets $30K in costs to Aga Khan
Law Times
A copyright action involving a Toronto lawyer and the Aga Khan has resulted in a $30,000 costs order in favour of the spiritual leader after a Federal Court judge granted summary judgment in the case. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Province ignores calls for new courts
Law Times, editorial
We've had two proposed budgets in the last two weeks but haven't seen much in terms of investment in infrastructure for the justice system.

Moving pictures ain't so bad
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
In mid-March, Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley said in an interview with the Canadian Press that he was open to the idea of putting cameras in the courtroom and wanted to canvass judges, prosecutors, and defence counsel on their thoughts about it

An aggressive federal power play
Canadian Lawyer
In this instalment of his Back Page column, Jim Middlemiss cogitates whether the Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether the federal government's attempt to create a national securities regulator is a valid exercise of its trade and commerce law or simply the biggest federal power grab since Confederation.

Big firm, rich firm: new stages in legal history?
Law Times
Law firm mergers in recent months suggest there's a new twist in the history of the legal profession. Will it be bigger or richer? asks Christopher Moore in his That's History column.


2011 Legal Fees Survey
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Oatley Vigmond

Legal Feeds


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: Is the LSUC doing enough to ensure there are enough articling positions for law school graduates?

Latest bencher election news:

Fees, women's status hot topics at town hall

Bencher candidates weigh in on last week's poll question:
Is the Law Society of Upper Canada doing enough to ensure there are enough articling positions for law school graduates?

Moves & Shakes

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Case law

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