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Is food the next frontier?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The cover story of the February-March issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse looks at how merger and acquisition activity by Canadian food and agri-business companies could be heating up as the world markets open up.

Court gives civil lawyers reprieve from dismissal threat
Law Times
At least one Ontario court location has decided not to implement Rule 48 of the Rules of Civil Procedure this month after concerns about bureaucratic red tape and confusion over its wording cast a chill over the change that threatened to cause dismissals of a wave of civil actions.

Moot by Twitter
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
For the first time, law students are being encouraged to tweet during a moot. Unlike traditional moots where the use of social media is against the rules, this one will be all Twitter all the time.



Ruling tackles racism in legal profession
Law Times
A new decision by the Law Society of Upper Canada that considered a black lawyer's disadvantage in his articling experiences could hold the key to a frank discussion on systemic discrimination in the profession, according to lawyers familiar with the ruling.

What's the future of glass houses?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
When condo historians look back on the early 21st century, they may identify 2011 as the year Toronto's love affair with the glass tower began to sour.

Should a brand speak for itself?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
For many retailers already established in Quebec, as well as those looking to set up shop in the province, a new campaign to ensure that outside store signage complies with the Charter of the French Language is leading to questions about what is ultimately best for their brand.

Tories appointing party donors as judges
Law Times
The federal government appointed 11 judges to the Ontario Superior Court last year who had recently made donations to the governing Conservative party, an analysis of Elections Canada data reveals.


Wrestling with the billing issue
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
A mechanic pushes his invoice across the table: it's $1,000 over the original estimate. Sure, it's for extra work discovered during the course of the tune-up, but the larger bill wasn't pre-approved.

IP audits can be profitable
Law Times
To ensure that companies that have many registered patents and trademarks can be efficient, conducting an audit of their intellectual property is imperative, lawyers say.

Bruni scores with Hockey Canada
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
For anyone who loves Canada's national sport, it's a dream job, and for Michael Bruni, the newly appointed chairman of Hockey Canada, it's possibly the best sports-related job in Canada, or even the world. "It's a privilege, and I take it as a privilege," he says. "And it's a real challenge, too."

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 30 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Court gives green light to Windsor firm
Law Times
The Superior Court has ruled a Windsor, Ont., law firm may represent the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against an Ontario construction materials company despite its main litigator having suffered a debilitating stroke last year. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



The blurring lines of in-house counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
When lawyers move in-house they obviously do so with their own career aspirations in mind. Some have an entrepreneurial spirit like that of Evan Johnston, general counsel of Churchill Corp. based in Calgary who, when I spoke with him back in September, told me bluntly that in five years he didn't want to have a law job - he wanted to be on track to move into more of a business role.

Fallacies of a nice guy
Canadian Lawyer, online
It was over a beer that one of my former partners confessed his confusion. He could not understand why his secretary hated him so much. In a moment of absolute sincerity he pondered the unfairness of the situation and described himself as "a really nice guy." When I finally stopped laughing, I had to tell him the sobering truth. He was absolutely wrong, writes Charles Gillis.

Trust key to First Nations reforms
Law Times
As the federal government and First Nations leaders proclaimed their wish to reset the relationship between the Crown and aboriginals in Canada last week, there was predictable criticism about the lack of concrete action.

L.M.P. changes landscape for support agreements
Law Times
It was certainly a happy holiday season this past December for the former wife and appellant in the Supreme Court of Canada's recent case of L.M.P. v. L.S. The case clarified the test to use in a variation application under s. 17 of the Divorce Act, writes Marta Siemiarczuk in this week's Family Law.

Video: Making Rain - Resolutions for a new year
Canadian Lawyer, online
As it is the January episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman suggests taking advantage of this new year's opportunities and resolutions to look at your practices and businesses with fresh and strategic eyes.


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, was named the Best Legal News blog in the 2011 CLawBies awards. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Lawyer loses appeal of copyright ruling involving Aga Khan

Re-introduction of lawful access legislation 'serious concern,' says Ontario privacy commissioner

Slave to political correctness

Manitoba lawyer investigated for fee irregularities in residential school cases

Futurist tells in-house to rethink service delivery


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