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The lure of Russia
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The cover story of the April issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse discusses what in-house counsel need to know about doing business in Russia.

Oakville law firm damaged by fire
Law Times
Halton police arson investigators are looking into a fire that left Oakville, Ont., litigation law firm Will Davidson LLP with significant damage.

Video: iPhone or BlackBerry?
Law Times, online
While BlackBerrys have long been the device of choice for lawyers, it's clear that the iPhone is making headway in the legal profession.

Lawyer who had sex with family law client in joint retainer in hot water for disclosure
Law Times
In the months after a Kingston, Ont., hockey coach appeared in Jehuda Kaminer's office with a 14-year-old player in tow seeking to emancipate her from her parents, Kaminer wrestled with whether or not he should tell the man's wife, who he would later become romantically involved with, about his encounter with the pair.

Regulator at a crossroads
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The Ontario Securities Commission is looking far beyond the province's borders as it formulates a plan for its future approach to regulation.

Aird & Berlis


Court refuses to certify pathology class action
Law Times
In a ruling that's getting the attention of the class action bar, Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette of the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick has refused to certify a matter involving 15,000 patients affected by a hospital's pathology review that found roughly 100 cases in which a pathologist's diagnosis of benign later changed to malignant.

Thousands protest Quebec tuition hikes
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Thousands of Quebec students gathered in the streets of Montreal on March 22 to protest a proposed tuition hike by the provincial government.

How to avoid the bitter taste of infringement litigation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The Saccharin doctrine - which does, in fact, deal with the well-known sugar substitute - is an old U.K. law dating back to 1900, however it has implications in today's world and is often cited in drug manufacturing cases.

Keeping an eye on compliance
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
When Mark Adams was promoted to the top legal job at AGF Management Ltd. in December, he assumed the reporting line for compliance in the organization.

Expert evidence
Law Times
Hot tubbing, also known as concurrent evidence, has come to the Ontario Energy Board.



Starting from scratch
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Lisa Skakun didn't aspire to a career in the banking sector. In fact, when a recruiter came calling to see if she was interested in the job of general counsel at the country's second largest credit union, she initially told them she probably wasn't the right fit.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 26 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Lawyers raise funds for Africa
Law Times, online
The Lawyers International Food Network will host a live musical variety show to raise awareness of and funding for child poverty in Africa. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Chisvin owes an explanation
Law Times, editorial
Was Ontario Court Justice Howard Chisvin simply having a bad day last year when he rebuked a Crown prosecutor for being late and dismissed a slew of criminal matters in response?

Ready to rush in?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
This spring Russia formally joins the World Trade Organization. The news was announced in December 2011 and was the result of lengthy and complex negotiations between Russia, its trading partners, and WTO members, which lasted 18 years.

Stand up for the immigration lawyers!
Canadian Lawyer, online
During the second reading of bill C-31, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney has been quoted as saying, "Stand up for the immigration lawyers!" writes Jennifer Nees in The Immigration Line column.

What in-house counsel need to know about shareholder dissent rights
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Two recent court decisions illustrate key practice points for in-house counsel of companies contemplating significant transactions that will give use to shareholder dissent rights, writes Stephen Antle.



The consequences of Timminco
Canadian Lawyer, online
Last March, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell granted an order declaring that the limitation period associated with the secondary market claim for misrepresentation provided by the Ontario Securities Act could be suspended pursuant to s. 28(1) of the Class Proceedings Act once this cause of action was pleaded, writes Kirk Baert in the Class Acts column.

A lawyer's tale as one of Graham James' alleged victims
Law Times
It's not often in criminal cases that lawyers are also the alleged victims. It's even less common for them to help prepare the case against the alleged abuser, writes Richard Cleroux in this week's The Hill.

Election Time
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Growing up, my grandfather always told me that if I wanted to go into politics, I should first get my law degree. His speeches about the strong connection between law and politics reverberate in my mind now as I walk through Osgoode Hall Law School, writes Lauren Berdock in the Legally Brunette column.

Video: Making Rain - Getting more work
Canadian Lawyer, online
Executive coach Debra Forman discusses where to find relationships and how to build them in order to get more work.

Simple governance is good governance
Canadian Lawyer, online
So why do we always tend to make things more complicated? writes Sarah Dale-Harris in The IT Girl column.


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:

Alan Young cheered after Bedford ruling

Appeal court gives Parliament one year to change prostitution law

Gladue principles not being met: SCC

Controversial Quebec lawyers return to practice

Emerging market issuers told to tighten up due diligence

Quebec court authorizes environmental class action



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