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Consumers get SCC boost
Law Times
In a landmark trilogy released on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada has declared open season for consumers who wish to use class actions to recover overpayments for products or services that have been the subject of price-fixing conspiracies.

LSUC revamps guidance on LGBT inclusion at law firms
Law Times
A year after the province amended the Ontario Human Rights Code to recognize gender identity as a ground for discrimination, the Law Society of Upper Canada has designed an updated model policy for law firms when it comes to inclusiveness for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

Panel disbars lawyer who bought condo with client funds
Law Times
An Ottawa lawyer now living in France who was disbarred by a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel last week over missing client funds says he plans to appeal the decision.

In-house embrace benchmarking
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
There's no debate in-house counsel add value to their organizations but these days some are choosing to demonstrate that value in carefully crafted graphs and spreadsheets benchmarking their accomplishments to show the c-suite.



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Family Responsibility Office facing liability
Law Times
While clients of the Family Responsibility Office have sought legal redress against it in the past, none have succeeded. The case of Ashak v. Ontario (Family Responsibility Office) now proceeding to trial looks set to be the first one to test the limits of the office's defences.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 4 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Changes to conduct rules
Law Times
Convocation has adopted some tweaks to the Rules of Professional Conduct proposed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Disturbing failings in criminal justice process
Law Times, editorial
As the federal government's report into the case of Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh notes, the case has highlighted "failings in the criminal justice process and pointed to weak links in other institutions on which Canadians depend." It's a disturbing admission that, as R. v. Arsenault shows, doesn't just apply to one case.

Canada + U.S. = 1 (country)?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Eugene Meehan responds to Tony Wilson's column about Canada merging with the United States.



Hell is freezing over, now what?
Canadian Lawyer, online
As citizens of a democracy fuelled by economic growth and a free market, Canadians are turning to legal remedies in unprecedented numbers to undo the unfair or unforeseen outcomes life in Canada sometimes entails. Too bad, then, that access to justice remains elusive, writes The Accidental Mentor columnist Lee Akazaki.

Legal community urged to foster volunteerism, organ donation
Law Times
Sam Marr received a life-saving liver transplant last year from an anonymous donor. In this week's Speaker's Corner column, he urges lawyers to help save lives by registering to be an organ donor and encouraging their employees and colleagues to do the same.



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A tribute to the late Michael Mandel
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law student Jaime Mor pays tribute to Osgoode professor Michael Mandel who passed away on Oct. 27.

Key points from the new Supreme Court trilogy
Canadian Lawyer, online
The long-awaited decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada in a trilogy of price-fixing class actions have finally put to rest the uncertainty over whether such actions are tenable, writes Margaret Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations column.

Managing the broader role of in-house counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Practising In-house columnist Renato Pontello suggests a few measures that in-house counsel can take to assist in balancing some of the conflicts and challenges that arise as a result of taking on new roles and responsibilities.

Articling 101: Taking advantage of resources
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Articling student Sasha Toten provides some advice on how students can take advantage of their firm's resources.



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The 2014 Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio awards seek to recognize innovation in in-house legal departments across the country and across all sectors and organizations. Ultimately, it is about sharing best practices of the in-house bar to reflect the maturity of Canadian law departments. These awards celebrate in-house counsel, both individuals and teams, who have found ways to show leadership by becoming more efficient, innovative, and creative in meeting the needs of their clients and organizations. Nominations will be evaluated based on small and large in-house departments. We encourage in-house departments to nominate themselves and their peers. Nominations close Nov. 29. Please click here to find the nomination forms.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford saying he can't talk about the allegations against him because the matter is before the courts. Is he right? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.



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