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Class action targets law firm's fees
Law Times
A Toronto personal injury lawyer is facing a class action spearheaded by a former client who won $150,000 as a settlement award but alleges she ended up keeping only $8,000 of it.

'Sheer desperation' prompts law grad's ad for job
Law Times
A law graduate who finished at the top of her class has found the job market for young lawyers so difficult that she resorted to posting an ad in Ontario Reports seeking employment.

Nortel case raises questions about expertise of bench, Crown
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Those who had hoped for a different outcome in the acquittal of three former Nortel Networks executives might want to consider that judges and Crown attorneys might need more experience with corporate law to get a conviction in future trials.


Lawyer assaulted by cop finds 'troubling' attitude by police
Law Times
A week after an Ontario Court judge found her former boyfriend guilty of assaulting her, Toronto criminal defence lawyer Kathryn Wells says the way the police community treats domestic violence is "troubling" when the accused is also an officer.



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Courts offer differing views on rules for lawsuits
Law Times
Many civil litigation files involving a significant amount of documentation contain personal information not necessarily relevant to the case. Given the legislative context for privacy law in Canada, the presence of that information can, according to the Supreme Court of Canada, raise significant privacy issues.

The burning question: work or travel this summer?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
At this time of year, it's a question on the minds of most first-year law students as summer job postings start to appear.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 21 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Lawyer rapped for sex with client
Law Times
A Kingston, Ont., lawyer who had sex with a client while in a joint retainer with both her and her husband was in a conflict of interest, a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has found. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Trouble brewing at Justice Canada
Law Times
In a sign of potential discord at the federal Justice Department, a government lawyer has gone to court over his employer's duty to inform Parliament of legislation that may violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Perhaps the department should work harder at listening to its employees rather than continuing to push the prevailing government orthodoxy of dismissing those who challenge it.

Get into the cucumber business
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott reflects on the important lessons she learned during her first reported trial decision that she will continue to apply in her legal practice.

Lawyer on polygamy case changes his tune
Canadian Lawyer, online
By the time the Polygamy Reference made it to court, Craig Jones, who represented the British Columbia Department of Justice, was convinced polygamy is an inherently harmful practice that should not be tolerated in a modern society. Jones explains his evolution, and the case against polygamy, in his fascinating book A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy, writes Damian Penny in this month's Law Library column.

Accident-benefit dispute process makes no sense
Law Times, online
The accident benefit dispute process makes no sense. The premise of the no-fault system is immediate access to necessary benefits. A lengthy dispute process to resolve claims for immediate benefits is absurd, argues Darcy Merkur in his Personal Injury Law column.

A new development in property rights law in Alberta
Canadian Lawyer, online
On Dec. 18, 2012, Alberta proclaimed the Property Rights Advocate Act. The act and the office it established were an immediate response to the Property Rights Task Force Report. But the underlying principles upon which the act and office are based have a deep-rooted, pre-existing foundation in Alberta jurisprudence, writes Lee Cutforth.



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Teranet on a roll with legal, business successes
Law Times
While the holidays are now over, Christmas seemed to have come early to Teranet Inc., the owner and operator of Teraview, Ontario's electronic land registration software system, writes The Dirt columnist Jeffrey Lem.

Dry. Clean. Your. Suits.
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A student working at a court next year provides some information on clerkships.

Tomorrow's [in-house] lawyers
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his In-house Coach column, Fred Krebs discusses the most relevant points for in-house lawyers from Richard Susskind's new book Tomorrow's Lawyers.

New voice but same words
Canadian Lawyer, online
The challenge in the legal profession is not that voices don't change (albeit sometimes too slowly) but the words never change, opines Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey column.



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This week's Law Times poll
A Law Times story this week notes a law school graduate's desperate search for a job. Are you optimistic about hiring and business prospects in the legal field this year? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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