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Sun Media lawyer gets $200,000 judgment against unknown blogger
Law Times, online
A Brockville, Ont., lawyer obtained a default judgment against an anonymous blogger who wrote defamatory comments about him online.


Common-law partners shouldn't have to testify against each other: judge
Law Times, online
A couple in a common-law relationship shouldn't have to testify against each other, the same way married people can't provide evidence in court against their spouse, ruled the Superior Court.

Mixed reaction to law society's RFP for new practice program
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The anticipation is over for those who have been chomping at the bit to find out what the Law Society of Upper Canada is looking for in its law practice program with the release of its request for proposals at the beginning of this month.

Video: View 2013: Preparing for the regulatory road ahead with Mirko Bibic
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the fourth of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2013 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, BCE's EVP & chief legal and regulatory affairs officer Mirko Bibic talks about taking another run at the proposed Astral Media deal and the impact of the Canada's anti-spam legislation on BCE's lines of business.



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In-house counsel often left in the dark on cyber threats
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
They may not have a lot in common with the IT department, but general counsel are becoming increasingly concerned about cyber-security threats to their organizations and they are starting to ask more questions about what they can do to help mitigate risk.


Canadians win 'Lawyers Without Borders' trademark battle
Law Times, online
After a two-year battle over the trademark "Lawyers Without Borders," a Canadian non-profit has been awarded an expungement application against a U.S. group that uses a similar mark.

New rules raise alarm among estates lawyers
Law Times, online
Proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct are causing angst in the estate bar because of a provision that restricts testators from recommending a legal adviser to assist with the administration of the estate.

McMillan snags former finance minister
Law Times, online
Former Minister of Finance of Ontario Dwight Duncan is set to join McMillan LLP as a senior strategic advisor, the law firm announced Feb. 13. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Considerations for hiring a summer law student
Canadian Lawyer, online
There are a number of considerations when deciding whether to hire a summer law student, including time, cost, and commitment. Having said that, the benefits of finding the right student for your firm can lead to long-term prosperity for both parties, writes David Paul in his Field Notes column.

Um, what's your name again?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Sometimes I forget a person's name within five minutes of meeting them, so this month, I was determined to research and implement some strategies for better name recall. Remembering names is a critical tool in a lawyer's networking toolkit, and worth improving on, opines Lindsay Scott in this month's Trial by Fire column.

In praise of mediation as risk-free alternative to litigation
Law Times, online
The benefits of mediation far outweigh any disadvantages. Mediation is much less expensive than arbitration or litigation. There are no witnesses, discoveries or expert fees and none of the other costs associated with arbitration or litigation. As well, the process is totally confidential and conducted on a strictly without-prejudice basis, argues Steven Goldman in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Dealing effectively with the media
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house Coach columnist Freb Krebs shares some useful insights on dealing with the media he learned at a recent Association of Corporate Counsel chapter program.

One issue fits all
Canadian Lawyer, online
There is no cookie-cutter solution for the ills and woes faced by many firms. If you really want to save money, stop paying for solutions "other firms" have embraced and do what makes sense for your firm, writes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.



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