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Firm hopes to keep HudBay lawsuits alive despite sale
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A Toronto law firm is pushing for lawsuits against Canadian mining company HudBay Minerals Inc. regarding alleged human rights abuses to continue despite the fact the company no longer owns the project where the alleged killing of one man and gang rape of 11 women occurred.

OSC sought conviction at all costs: Groia
Law Times, online
Defence lawyers face a conflict in measuring their conduct against unclear standards of civility, a witness at Joe Groia's disciplinary hearing testified last week.

New lawyer regrets his role in woman's kidnapping
Law Times, online
A Law Society of Upper Canada disciplinary panel has granted a Toronto man convicted of kidnapping and forcible confinement admission to the bar just a year after completing his sentence for the crimes.

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Video: Sixth annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable — The aftermath of Akzo Nobel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the last of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel general counsel roundtable, moderated by Andi Balla and sponsored by Lerners LLP, our esteemed panellists discuss the aftermath of the European Court of Justice's Akzo Nobel ruling and the pressure it's putting on solicitor-client privilege for in-house counsel.


Osgoode student who overcame many obstacles dies
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Wendy Babcock was a pillar for marginalized people in her community.

Canada ramps up whistleblower enforcement
Law Times, online
On June 24, Calgary-based Niko Resources Ltd. pleaded guilty to an offence under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. In addition to a $9.5-million fine, the court imposed three years of onerous probation conditions on the company.

Project management key to survival
Law Times, online
With the heady days of the economic boom long gone, McCarthy Tétrault LLP has turned to a discipline more associated with architects and engineers than lawyers by placing project management at the heart of its approach to legal matters.

Inside Story
Law Times, online



Measuring key performance indicators
Canadian Lawyer, online
This column will deal with some of the key results of the 2011 Canadian KPI Survey conducted by Law Firm KPI, a for-profit company (our intent anyways) co-founded by Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal Inc., and me in 2010 to specifically undertake surveys of key performance indicators for law firms with up to 100 lawyers. The purpose of the survey is to provide Canadian law firms with industry information in order to benchmark their own performance against the performance of other firms of reasonable comparative size. More information on the annual survey can be found at, writes Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey.

Useful Google tips and tricks for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
As lawyers, we must often study and understand more than just the law. Fortunately, there are a number of online search tools to assist us with much of this non-legal research. My favourite non-legal research tool is Google. It's simple, it's free, and when used correctly it is highly effective. I am going to identify some of the basic Google rules, as well as a few tips and tricks that can help one to make the most of their online searches. Understanding these can dramatically improve the accuracy, quality, and success of your searches, writes David Paul in this month's Field Notes.

Speaker's Corner: Clarity needed on discount rate
Law Times, online
In the past two years, the Superior Court has issued contradictory rulings on the proper interpretation of Rule 53.09 of the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure related to the discount rate used in quantifying the present value of future pecuniary losses.

Are virtual currencies akin to trading cards or the way of the future?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Seriously, did someone wake up one morning and think to themselves, "I'm going to create a currency today" and subsequently give birth to Bitcoins? Why didn't I think of that? writes Sarah Dale-Harris in the IT Girl.

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Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the 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:

Pensions a hot topic at CBA conference

Judge OK's lawyer's representation of his own tenant

Sex assault case highlights right to counsel

ADR firm opens doors in Nova Scotia

Crisis management 101: Don't duck and hide


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