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Federal Crowns win salary ruling
Law Times
As the federal government continues its aggressive approach to labour unions, it found itself losing a battle in its own backyard in a court decision that found salary caps for federal Crowns to be unconstitutional.

The loan arrangers
Canadian Lawyer
Third-party litigation loans have a rather nasty reputation. In Canadian Lawyer's cover story this month, critics say the funding of legal cases by complete strangers is abusive, predatory, and a black mark on the justice system. And yet there are others who believe when administered to the right people, by the right people, "lawsuit loans" help those in need when no one else will.


Preparing for uncertainty
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer's annual corporate counsel survey shows keeping work in-house and budgets in line remain the top priorities as the economy keeps everyone guessing.

Neinstein faces new hearing as harassment case ends
Law Times
Toronto litigator Gary Neinstein is "grateful" after the Law Society of Upper Canada quietly withdrew long-standing sexual harassment allegations against him even as he faces a new set of unrelated disciplinary proceedings.

It takes a team to uncover a fraud
Canadian Lawyer
An allegation of fraud within a company used to be handled something like this: a mid-level supervisor would go off like a gunslinger on his own to nail the bad apple that breached the company's trust. But now forensic accountants, external counsel, and outside IT people are all necessary to conduct a bulletproof investigation.



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Arab security worries hinder IBA
Law Times
International Bar Association organizers compromised with the United Arab Emirates after the country's security branch threatened to cancel the IBA's annual conference in Dubai earlier this month because "its content might precipitate instability in the region."

Getting insurers to the table
Canadian Lawyer
Insurance companies are most welcome parties in almost any lawsuit. But it's not always easy to get them to the table. That's why two recent court rulings on insurance companies' duty to defend in lawsuits over property damage are good news both for construction companies and for those who want to sue them.

RCMP investigation into Sino-Forest won’t alter path of class action
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Lawyers representing plaintiffs in a class action suit against Sino-Forest Corp. say a rumoured RCMP investigation into whether executives of the company defrauded Canadian investors will have no impact on how they will move forward with their action against it. 

Lawyers usurping HR practitioners in training work
Law Times
More than ever, companies are looking to lawyers to train their staff on different aspects of human resources instead of actually hiring a human resources consultant or practitioner, according to a Mississauga, Ont., lawyer.

Peter Rozee named Western Canada GC of the Year
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
He was a reluctant nominee, but Peter Rozee of Teck Resources Ltd., has been named the Western Canada General Counsel of the Year for 2011.

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

Paris lawyer returns to BLG
Law Times
Craig Chiasson has returned to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP five years after he left to become an arbitrator at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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LSUC on wrong path with treasurer pay
Law Times, editorial
It would be easy to argue that now isn't the time to increase the Law Society of Upper Canada treasurer's honorarium.

More work for in-house departments
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
Once again in this issue, we share the results of the annual Canadian Lawyer corporate counsel survey, which gauges the relationship between in-house and outside counsel. It's not surprising that one of our main findings is that the economy, and its current state of instability, is having an effect on corporate law departments.

Expect a strong and growing law-and-order bias
Canadian Lawyer
With two new judges on the bench, expect a strong and growing law-and-order bias from the Supreme Court. That doesn't mean that sometimes, just sometimes, the bias won't be leavened by a dollop of common sense, writes Philip Slayton in this month's Top Court Tales column.

Get to know how you play with others
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Getting to know who you are, what you're good or not so good at, what your blind spots are, and how others perceive you is one of the best things you can do to enhance your effectiveness in any in-house role, writes Cheryl Foy in her Practising In-house column.

Living large in a small town
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
During my first year of law school, I met a classmate from Orangeville, Ont. - a small, anonymous town that I approximated was "somewhere up north," writes Christine Kellowan about her articling experiences at a small firm in a small town.

Lawyer hoping for conservative new SCC judges
Law Times
It took a certain amount of arrogance for Liberal MP Irwin Cotler and the NDP's Joe Comartin to storm out of the parliamentary advisory panel on Supreme Court appointments this summer, writes criminal lawyer Sam Goldstein in this week's Speaker's Corner.

The big dilemma: law firm versus in-house
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law firm or in-house? If you're asking yourself that question, then it's likely one of the biggest decisions you will make in your career, writes Amanda McMullan.

Faulty investigations can lead to hefty damages
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Employers expose themselves to liability for numerous types of damages when they dismiss an employee based on shoddy investigations, writes Stuart Rudner in this week's blog.

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