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Firm fails in bid to replace class counsel over certification delay
Law Times
A Superior Court judge has rejected a law firm's motion to replace the class action counsel with carriage of the file in a drug case after finding lawyers may take as long as they see fit to move on a matter provided the delay is reasonable.

Law firms on wrong track on diversity, professors argue
Law Times
Ontario law firms are focusing too much on external factors in explaining their lack of diversity and should instead look inward to question why their ranks aren't more reflective of society, according to two professors who are studying the issue.

Quebec language stipulation on LMOs confounds immigration bar
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The immigration bar in Canada is hoping the federal government will provide some clarity on new requirements from Quebec demanding documentation related to the Temporary Foreign Worker program be provided in French.

Lawyers seeking changes to Substitute Decisions Act
Law Times
Ontario's rigid approach to making wills by attorneys and guardians for incapable people is preventing them from doing their job, according to many trusts and estates lawyers.

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Amicus role in civil suits expanded
Law Times
Pro Bono Law Ontario says it's looking to expand its amicus curiae services in civil lawsuits.

Trudeau scholarships to fuel variety of legal research
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Three law professors have been awarded Trudeau fellowships, worth $225,000 each, for their research on various social issues.

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

Plaintiff suing Cassels Brock awarded $300K in costs
Law Times
The Ontario Superior Court has awarded the plaintiff in a class action against Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP almost $300,000 in costs related to a certification motion. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Help for consumers must be effective
Law Times, editorial
As the government looks to attract votes by appealing to consumer interests around things like cable TV, it's worth viewing its efforts with a dose of skepticism.

Welcome those moments of insanity
Canadian Lawyer, online
Associates can't build the skillset they need, or earn credibility with their superiors or peers, without finding themselves overwhelmed, outmatched, or even exhausted at times. They should seek out these experiences and view them as opportunities, writes Lindsay Scott in her Trial by Fire column.

So you want to teach law school
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house Coach columnist Fred Krebs shares his reasons as to why so many in-house lawyers are interested in teaching at law school.

2014 BC Legal Dir


Economic sustainability through break-even analysis
Canadian Lawyer, online
I am predicting 2014 will not be a rosy year for law firms and in fact, many firms will see a reduction in their profitability. If this prediction is even partially correct, the need to be on top of the pricing game becomes even more critical, writes Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey column.

Smartphone comparison for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Field Notes column, David Paul compares the features of the top three smartphones for lawyers to help you decide which is best for you and your law practice.

EllisDon bill a simple fix to an ancient wrong
Law Times
Bill 74 is another example of how three years of legislative neglect by a government so obsessed with its own survival and so beholden to select union interests have helped paralyze an important issue, opines Ian Harvey in his Queen's Park column.

A sea of change
Canadian Lawyer, online
Many advisers in the industry have clung to transactional and commission-based models often loaded with potential conflicts. Some advisers remain focused on selling products or facilitating trades rather than giving fee-based advice. As a result, the industry's rate of change has been glacially slow, writes Financial Adviser columnist Alan Acton.

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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. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

B.C. lawyer touts 'assisted self-representation'

Mobility agreement to make practice across systems easier

Doctors can't unilaterally pull the plug on life support: SCC

Torys lawyers exonerated by LSUC hearing panel

Canadian lawyer escapes Syrian rebel captors

Students, lawyers protest proposed private law school

'A reasonable expectation of privacy in her purse'

Chaoulli at centre of Alberta health-care challenge

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