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Judge intervenes to address rogue group's attempt to halt class action
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
An Ontario judge has stepped in to stop a third-party campaign to get members to opt out of a class action involving franchisees of a Canadian pet store chain, but did he go too far in doing so?

Federal lawyers lose Charter challenge of wage law
Law Times, online
Just weeks after scoring a major victory in their current negotiations, federal lawyers have lost a constitutional challenge of legislation setting maximum wage increases for their previous round of bargaining in a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal that signals a judicial trend of upholding laws limiting government employees' ability to bargain collectively.

Unlicensed paralegal uses Small Claims Court to commit fraud
Law Times, online
An unlicensed paralegal's use of the Small Claims Court to defraud a man of more than $50,000 is proof of the value of the current regulatory system, a lawyer for the victim says.

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Inmate forces review of prison grievance process
Law Times, online
A self-represented inmate who's serving a life sentence in British Columbia for second-degree murder has succeeded in a court application that forces the Correctional Service of Canada to re-evaluate the efficacy of its grievance procedure for prisoners.

Are lawyers crying wolf with anti-corruption warnings?
Law Times, online
It's been more than a year since the RCMP and prosecutors landed their first - and only - big fish under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

New judge appointed
Law Times, online
Melanie Dunn has joined the Ontario Court of Justice bench in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Seventh annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable on risk management: How in-house counsel mitigate risk
In the third of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, the participants discuss how they mitigate risk in their organizations, and how they determine what takes priority.

Chief Justice McLachlin speech to CBA Council 2012
Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin addresses the Canadian Bar Association's council meeting in Vancouver, Aug. 11, 2012

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Kill your darlings, before they kill you
Canadian Lawyer, online
"In writing, you must kill all your darlings," according to the American writer William Faulkner. Journalists have relied on a more graphic version of this advice. "Kill your babies," they say to the novice reporter. If you fall in love with an idea or turn of phrase, chances are you're the only one who can see the merit in it. Letting it go will save your work from relegation to the trash heap, writes Lee Akazaki in this month's The Accidental Mentor column.

For in-house lawyers, there is an 'I' in 'team'
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
We use the words "team" and "teamwork" all the time in business. I think back to football analogies and rowing analogies used by my former CEOs. I recently watched the Olympic women’s soccer. After my immense disappointment at the Canadian team's loss to the United States, the sense of admiration for the grit and determination shown by the Canadian women, the anger and disappointment at the decisions made by the Norwegian referee when Canada was in the lead and showing great momentum, I mused about why we use sports analogies so often in business and why, in so many cases, the analogies do not neatly apply in the business context, writes Cheryl Foy in this month's Practising In-House column.

The NCA student experience
Canadian Lawyer 4students, online

Each year, hundreds of foreign-trained lawyers seek to enter the Canadian legal profession, bringing years of education and experience, writes Samar Dehghan.

The connection between human rights and faith
Canadian Lawyer, online
Jean Vanier, the Catholic priest and founder of l'Arche, wrote in Community and Growth: "The fundamental questions of humanity are always around love and hate, guilt and forgiveness, peace and war, truth and lies (or illusions), the meaning of life and death, and belief in God," writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

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Case could spark avalanche of underinsured claims
Law Times, online
Plaintiff's personal injury lawyers must do a better job at pinning down tort defendants' insurance limits and identifying potential coverage issues from the outset to determine whether or not to advance a claim as against any underinsured policies, writes Darcy Merkur in his Personal Injury Law column.

Justice delayed: the continuing saga of Taylor v. Canada
Canadian Lawyer, online
Class actions are meant to achieve access to justice - an amorphous idea subject to as many interpretations as there are participants in the justice system, writes Margaret L. Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations column.

Do automobile negligence actions belong in the Small Claims Court?
Law Times, online
Do claims arising from motor vehicle accidents belong in the Small Claims Court? In my view, the answer is straightforward and simple: No, writes Olivier Guillaume in this week's Speaker's Corner.


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