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Judges resisting stiff crime laws
Law Times
As the Ontario Court of Appeal dealt a blow to the government's three-year mandatory minimum sentence for gun possession last week, some Ontario judges are finding other ways to resist crime legislation that takes away their discretion to waive victim surcharge fines even when they think criminals can't afford to pay.

Keeping up appearances
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, Canadian Lawyer learns that courthouses across the country vary widely from state-of-the-art to total collapse. But the physical health of the buildings does reflect on the state of justice and it should be a priority to provide and maintain quality courts.

The billing conundrum
Canadian Lawyer
This year's Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey shows in-house counsel and the law firms continue to struggle with the best way to bill legal services.

Judge takes aim at class counsel in lowering costs
Law Times
In a trio of new rulings, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba has outlined his preference for a no-costs rule in class actions while awarding substantially lower amounts than plaintiffs' counsel had requested on certification motions and outlining in detail how he'll deal with the issue in the future.

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DOJ 'nickel-and-diming' articling students: AJC
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In taking a stand for articling students, the Association of Justice Counsel has accused the Department of Justice of failing to pay all students' law society membership fees.

A very texting question
Canadian Lawyer
The legal test is not settled as to whether the seizure of past communications deserves the same protection as given to future electronic messages.

Lawyer confident in justice system as charges laid in son's murder
Law Times
Following an arrest in the murder of his son, defence lawyer Warren Skinner says he hasn't budged from his belief that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty.

Overtime class action launched against Canada Cartage
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
An overtime class action has been launched against trucking company Canada Cartage, Direct Distribution Centres, and its related companies.

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Signing on the dotted line easy as 1-2 in the digital world
Canadian Lawyer
However e-signatures still not wholly accepted for real estate transactions.

Will director liability weaken environmental protection?
Law Times
The $4.75-million remediation deal issued against former directors and officers of Northstar Aerospace Inc. could have the perverse effect of weakening environmental protection, lawyers are warning.

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

New Ontario judges appointed
Law Times
The provincial government has appointed a criminal lawyer as an Ontario Court of Justice judge. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Obesity and the law
Law Times, editorial
Obesity might not have a particularly obvious relationship with the law, but University of Windsor law professor Bill Bogart is making a compelling case that regulation has a role to play in addressing the issue in a more humane manner.

A bit of a pickle
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
Let's get Justice Marc Nadon on the bench and put him to work deciding some important cases. Then all the rest of these concerns about fairness will be moot.

Social media and post-employment obligations: Is LinkedIn a telephone book or Rolodex?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Regardless of whether LinkedIn is properly considered a Rolodex or telephone book, the fact remains it is now a staple of the modern employee's networking tool kit. Accordingly, the prudent employer should take the necessary steps now to ensure that its future interests are protected, opines labour and employment lawyer Ryan Edmonds.

Carswell Findlaw


McCormick worrisome for partnerships
Canadian Lawyer
McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in December, could lead to major upheaval in the way law firms manage their succession plans and could turn the law of partnerships in Canada on its head, writes Back Page columnist Jim Middlemiss.

New report a good first step towards a better insurance dispute resolution system
Law Times, online
Former Superior Court associate chief justice Douglas Cunningham's interim report is a step in the right direction. We badly need a new accident benefit dispute system, writes Darcy Merkur in his Personal Injury Law column.

The dream team: Top 9 (or should it be 8 now?) SCC judges
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law student Andrew Reinholdt shares what would be his all-star Supreme Court of Canada panel.

New trades regulator a bad idea
Law Times
Members of the profession may find it amusing, but many of the 600,000 trades workers in Ontario aren't laughing at what they see as a stealthy tax, writes Ian Harvey in his Queen's Park column.

2014 BC Legal Dir

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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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This week's Law Times poll
Does Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have a chance in court of stopping city council's bid to strip him of his budget and powers? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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