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Ruling overturning jury verdict upheld
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has reaffirmed Superior Court Justice Margaret Eberhard's move to overrule a jury verdict last year in a decision that marks the first time it has considered a case dealing with Rule 52.08 of the Rules of Civil Procedure in 11 years.

Major bid-rigging case proceeding to trial
Candian Lawyer InHouse, online
An Ontario judge ruled Oct. 5 that a case involving allegations of bid-rigging against several Ottawa-based IT companies will proceed to trial, possibly late next year.



Aboriginal jury issue shaking up courts

Law Times
The Superior Court of Justice has put yet another Thunder Bay, Ont., jury trial on hold until this week over an issue that could potentially open the province up to a slew of appeals from criminal lawyers challenging the racial makeup of juries.

Lawyers battle over letters to parents of shoplifters
Law Times
A B.C. lawyer who called an Ontario counterpart a "sleazy operator" and accused him of being involved in a scam for sending demand letters to the parents of alleged shoplifters has been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Law Society of British Columbia.

A different approach
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It's that time of year when law firm recruiters are out hunting for summer students and the pressure is on to stand out from the pack. One law student decided he needed to up the game and make his cover letter stand out.



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Litigation looms over minor injury cases
Law Times
Many insurance industry professionals are predicting a deluge of litigation over the many uncertainties associated with the application of the minor injury guidelines.



Video: Ontario Legal News Update

Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of October 17 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Dal health law institute receives $3-million grant
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With a recent $3-million endowment, the Dalhousie Health Law Institute becomes the largest of its kind in Canada. The funds will also establish the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy.

Barrie firms merge
Law Times
Barrie, Ont.-based law firms Burgar Rowe Professional Corp. and Purser Dooley Cockburn Smith LLP have officially merged to become Barriston LLP. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Mitchell Wilson deserves day in court
Law Times, Editorial
It was one of the saddest stories Ontarians have seen in some time. Last month, Craig Wilson of Pickering, Ont., told the story of his 11-year-old son, Mitchell, who had committed suicide after suffering bullying at school.

15 file management tips for small-firm lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
While most of us now use computers to generate our documents, not everyone uses document management software or has a system in place for organizing the files on their computers. For those who do not, much time (lawyer and staff) is often wasted searching for data and files that are sitting on the very computer or network we are using, writes David Paul in this month's Field Notes.

A black legal luminary
Canadian Lawyer, online
Members of the legal profession, at all levels of the bench, bar, and academy, proudly self-identify as protégés of the late Federal Court of Appeal chief justice Julius Alexander Isaac, who died July 16, 2011, in Regina. Patricia DeGuire remembers the impact he had on her and many other lawyers.

Get used to unfolding those condominium plans
Law Times
It's hard to predict which cases will develop buzz among the real estate bar. Sometimes, these cases turn out to be much ado about nothing; other times, they trigger seismic paradigm shifts in the way we practise the law, writes Jeffrey Lem in his The Dirt column.

Let's face it: we are addicted to technology
Canadian Lawyer, online
Hello. My name is Sarah. And I'm addicted to my mobile device, writes The IT Girl Sarah Dale-Harris in this month's column.

It is not always about the money!
Canadian Lawyer, online
Aon Hewitt conducts an annual best employer survey that measures engagement as the determinant of whether a participating firm qualifies as a "best employer." How, might you ask, is this different from many of the other surveys used to confer best employer status? For the most part, the other surveys measure satisfaction and not engagement, notes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.

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