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Justice on Target missing its mark: report
Law Times
More than three years after its launch and with just six months left to reach its goals, Ontario's Justice on Target program is facing inconsistent and sometimes negative results, complaints about funding, and concerns over alleged sweetheart deals, according to a review obtained by Law Times.

Meehan starts appellate boutique
Law Times
Supreme Court litigator lawyer Eugene Meehan left McMillan LLP to open a boutique practice in Ottawa last week, a move he says he made in response to conflicts that are becoming an "increasing issue" at expanding business law firms.

Top labour and employment boutiques
Canadian Lawyer
Fees and depth of knowledge as well as specialized systems continue to give specialists the edge. In part two of our top boutiques feature for the month of January, Canadian Lawyer lists the top 10 labour and employment boutiques across the country.

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UVic wins Spirit Cup in first B.C. Law Games
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
For the first time ever, the Law Games were held in British Columbia last week and despite the distance, 600 participants from 16 schools gathered for four days of competition and camaraderie.

Cheque scams now targeting intellectual property lawyers
Law Times
The purported president of a Japanese medical supply company has sent e-mails to more than a dozen lawyers across Ontario and the United States in an attempt to defraud them through a bad-cheque scheme that practicePRO describes as one of the first and "most convincing frauds" in intellectual property law it has ever seen.

Taming regulatory red tape key to investments in North
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
If Canada wants to keep the investment community interested in the country's natural resource sector it should find ways to better manage the red tape posed by regulatory regimes in this country.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online

Get the latest headlines in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 9 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.



Claim for mental distress puts pressure on insurance companies
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has sounded a warning to insurers that deny benefits under a policy despite the medical evidence by awarding damages for the loss of the policyholder's peace of mind.

Top 10 deals for 2011
As Canada's prominence continues to grow in the global commodities space, it is no surprise that six of the year's Top Deals are resource plays.

Norton Rose merger finalized
Law Times, online
Norton Rose OR LLP and Macleod Dixon LLP officially merged to form Norton Rose Canada last week. The deal means the Canadian arm of the global law firm will have more than 700 lawyers at seven offices across Canada and around the world. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Program set expectations too high
Law Times, editorial
Is Justice on Target a waste of time? Given that it has shown some positive results provincially, the project that aims to decrease the number of court appearances and days to disposition by 30 per cent certainly has some value.

Procrastinators, don't let work-life balance kill you
Canadian Lawyer, online
'Oh, did I mention, the greatest bane of the law-consuming public is the procrastinating lawyer?' writes Lee Akazaki in his monthly Accidental Mentor column, which launches today.

It's the plaintiff's lawsuit, so why should counsel pay costs?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Hopefully, the decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal in Attis v. Ontario has firmly brought to an end the proposition that defence counsel can bring a collateral attack against class counsel by arguing that they should be held liable for the costs of a failed motion for certification, writes Margaret Waddell in this instalment of Trials & Tribulations.

Defining the boundaries of in-house counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A friend and former colleague, who has spent many years as general counsel to several organizations, recently moved into a role as chief operating officer. During a recent lunch discussion with legal colleagues, I expressed the view that this type of move is not one I see for myself, comments Cheryl Foy in her Practising In-house column.

Time to stop subsidizing doctors' abusive tactics
Law Times
Medical negligence litigation involves significant stress and expense, especially since reputations are on the line as is just compensation for the injured, writes Alan Shanoff in his Social Justice column.

Networking can't create a job
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Having articled with a small firm, I was unable to leverage the name of a nationally recognized and respected law firm while searching for an associate position. As a result, I found myself with the unenviable task of having to aggressively self-market myself in order to secure a job, writes newly called lawyer Christina Fitzmaurice.

Faith, secularism, and human rights
Canadian Lawyer, online
While it is easy to grasp the need for protection of the right to practise one's faith in order to avoid religious persecution, recent events involving religious extremism and reactions to real and perceived — or misperceived - extremism have highlighted other tensions and challenges that involve the state, writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

Traditional money managers bewildered by volatile stock markets
Canadian Lawyer, online
The origin of the current crisis, the economic and political mess in Europe, has sent equity markets plunging worldwide. This has left many professional money mangers scratching their heads on how to allocate their clients' money, and is even forcing some former "stars" right out of the business, writes Financial Adviser Alan Acton.

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