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Canadian Legal Newswire - Mar 14

Law Society


Will harassment case deter complaints?
Law Times
As Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP confirms a sexual discrimination claim against it has been resolved, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s discrimination and harassment counsel fears the storm at another firm, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP, could deter future complainants from bringing their concerns forward.

Pensions come before creditors in insolvency: court
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The rights of pensioners have priority over those of secured creditors in an insolvent company, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled in case that could radically shift how companies and their lawyers deal with credit agreements and registered pension funds.

U.K. ruling spurs debate on expert immunity
Law Times
Canadian lawyers are divided over the efficacy of a British Supreme Court judgment that abolishes a 400-year-old rule granting expert witnesses immunity from suit over their participation in legal proceedings.

Bencher Election


Western finally gets a law review
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Western Ontario’s law school has finally secured the right to publish its own student-run law review. Called the Western Journal of Legal Studies, the first issue should be published online in December

Insurance company spat ensnares Toronto law firm
Law Times
A subsidiary of a shareholder rights law firm has been accused of "mercenary motivations" in a messy fight over the future of the Economical Mutual Insurance Co.

Should ISPs be subject to Broadcasting Act?
Law Times
Internet service providers in Canada are gearing up for a Supreme Court hearing that will determine whether they should be subject to the Broadcasting Act and therefore regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 18 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Two new lawyers join Faskens' Paris office
Law Times
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP has boosted its Paris presence with the addition of partners Arnauld Achard and Lubomir Roglev. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Sponsor Spotlight
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presents "LITIGATING FOR CHANGE"
3RD Symposium on HIV, the Law and Human Rights Featuring a public lecture by Professor Alan Young Counsel in the Ontario case Bedford vs. Canada


Sunshine List shows need for more restraint
Law Times, editorial
Last week, Law Times' report on the top-earning public-sector lawyers showed evidence of both attempts at and an absence of restraint.

PIN to PIN messaging: a road to disaster?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Notwithstanding that the government has issued warnings about the potential security risks associated with PIN to PIN messaging, many organizations, do not collect or store PIN to PIN data, which is not so fine if your employees or contractors are disclosing internal or client confidential, personal, or trade secret information to third parties, writes The It Girl Sarah Dale-Harris.

Engaged lawyers are better lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
Textbooks, consultants, and other great prognosticators tell us the essence of winning in a competitive marketplace is being in the right place before the right time, writes Stephen Mabey in this month’s law practice management column.

Beggs puts new spin on duty to mitigate under Evans
Law Times
The Supreme Court of Canada decision in Evans v. Teamsters Local Union No. 31 has been widely regarded as confirming the employee's duty to mitigate damages by continuing in employment if requested by the employer, writes Monty Verlint in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Useful BlackBerry apps for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
I bought my first PDA in the early 1990s. It was the Palm Pilot. While its features were somewhat limited, I found it to be invaluable to my practice. So in this month’s Field Notes, David Paul brings it all back to 2011 and the BlackBerry.


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:

LSUC honours 8 Ontario lawyers

BLG pro bono team scores record win in wrongful conviction

Paul Weiss moving into Toronto

No Keays damages for fired investment adviser

Panel to recommend TMX/LSE deal with conditions

A peek into the Supreme Court

Montreal lands Meritas global meeting

B.C. real estate lawyers keeping busy

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: Should the Law Society of Upper Canada change its name to the Law Society of Ontario?

Latest bencher election news:

Focus key to success as bencher

Bencher candidates weigh in on last week's poll question:
Is the 12-year term limit imposed on elected benchers under the Law society of Upper Canada's governance reforms still too long?

Moves & Shakes

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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.



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