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Judge seeks end to 'longest running legal drama'
Law Times
In a case he called "Ontario's longest running legal drama," a Superior Court judge has declared a plaintiff who launched dozens of lawsuits in an estate dispute a vexatious litigant.

Case stayed after cop fails to disclose accused's counsel was his own lawyer
Law Times
An Ontario judge has ordered a stay of proceedings in a drug case over delays stemming in part from a former police officer's failure to disclose the fact the lawyer for the accused was also his counsel on a separate matter.

Regulators propose giving boards more time, authority to manage hostile bidders
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian regulators are proposing changes to the way companies can manage hostile bidders in an attempt to give some power back to target boards.

Defence lawyers applaud appeal ruling on enhanced credit
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled last week that the loss of remission and ineligibility for parole are sufficient reasons to grant enhanced sentencing credit to convicts.



Video: Osgoode hosts drag show fundraiser
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
On March 14, students and faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School hosted a drag show to raise funds for the Wendy Babcock bursary. The late law student advocated sex workers' rights and became an inspiration to many.

Sino-Forest exposes auditors, underwriters to risk
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal's recent decision in Re Sino-Forest Corp. has undermined the value of indemnities taken by auditors, underwriters, and other professionals from companies that find themselves in insolvency proceedings.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 18 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Citizen's arrest bill comes into force
Law Times
Bill C-26, the Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act, has come into force, the federal government announced last week. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Panel right to decline Chisvin's costs request
Law Times, editorial
In written reasons released this month, a hearing panel of the Ontario Judicial Council rejected Ontario Court Justice Howard Chisvin's request to have the public pay his legal costs stemming from his disciplinary matter last year.

Reconciliation with the Métis: The time has come
Canadian Lawyer, online
"[T]he time has finally come for recognition of the Métis as a unique and distinct people." In 2011, this was the Supreme Court of Canada's call to action in Alberta v. Cunningham. For those who were paying attention, the case was a forewarning of things to come in the recently released Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. v. Canada judgment, writes Métis lawyer Jason Madden.

A primer on joining corporate boards
Canadian Lawyer, online
The under-representation of women on corporate boards has been a hot topic in the media lately. In thinking about this issue, it struck me that one way women (and men, for that matter) can build relevant board-level experience is to act as a director for a not-for-profit organization, writes Lindsay Scott in Trial by Fire.

Is it better to not know who your legal opponent is?
Law Times
The old adage "know thy enemy" certainly applies in litigation when it comes to knowing the lawyers and law firms representing the opposing parties, writes Olivier Guillaume in this week's Speakers' Corner.

Being efficient is not the same as being effective
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
It is not surprising that lawyers like to benchmark, writes In-house Coach Fred Krebs. After all, we frequently rely on precedent when we make decisions. Of course, at its simplest, precedent (like benchmarking) merely compares what someone did previously to help decide what we do today.

A rare look inside the outlaw biker culture
Canadian Lawyer, online
Pop quiz: name the world's largest outlaw motorcycle gang. I suspect most of you answered "Hells Angels." But you would be wrong, writes Damian Penny is his latest Law Library book review of Charlie and the Angels: The Outlaws, the Hells Angels and the Sixty Years War.

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