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Canadian Legal Newswire

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Chief Justice dissents, but employee prevails in IBM pension case
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
After a five-year battle, a British Columbia man can keep his pension benefits and damages awarded after his former employer, IBM, challenged a lower court decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

Auditor general credits province with eliminating FSCO mediation backlog
Law Times, online
The 2012-13 auditor general's report shows an attractive market has opened up for lawyers who now do a chunk of the dispute resolution work for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, but their peers in the personal injury bar are still unhappy with the timelines for arbitration once the mediation process fails.

Mergers planned as clinics reach reform deal with LAO
Law Times, online
A new deal announced by Legal Aid Ontario this month will mean mergers among legal clinics with fewer but larger organizations across the Greater Toronto Area.

Property manager appeals injunction against appearing as landlord's paid representative
Law Times, online
A property manager was back in court last week to appeal a January injunction barring him from appearing before the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board because he's not a landlord, lawyer or paralegal.

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Tracking the road to ruin
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this month's cover story, we look at some of the fallout after the Lac Megantic disaster. When a runaway train hauling crude oil derailed and exploded, killing 47 people in the town, it set in motion what is expected to be one of the most complex cross-border insolvencies ever tackled by Canadian and U.S. courts.

MacIntosh report shows system worked: defence lawyers
Law Times, online
Despite outrage at the stay of charges in a high-profile extradition case, the court's decision and the resulting report on how the government can do things better in the future are proof that the system worked as it should, according to criminal defence lawyers.

Law society act changes passed
Law Times
A bill amending the Law Society Act passed third reading last week. Among other things, the bill aims to streamline professional discipline proceedings and make them more transparent. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Managing and conducting common-issues trials
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Class Acts column, Kirk Baert goes over some of the particulars involved in arguing a class action in Ontario that has managed to reach the trial stage.

Amaratunga a reminder about obscure laws lawyers need to update themselves on
Law Times, online
In a case that highlights the well-known proposition that it is what you don't know that will hurt you, the Supreme Court recently dealt with an obscure feature of international law that prevented an employee in Nova Scotia from suing his employer for wrongful termination, writes litigator Jonathan Rosenstein.

Technology etiquette for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
New technologies each come with a new set of social rules and as lawyers, we should be aware of them if we intend on using different forms of technology, writes David Paul in his column, David Paul's Field Notes.

Out with the old in with the new (maybe)
Canadian Lawyer, online
As the new year approaches, Stephen Mabey, in this month's Definitely Mabey column, offers a broad list of practice-management issues facing law firms in 2014.

The benefits of giving back
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lindsay Scott, in her Trial by Fire column, reminds us how important it is at this time of year to consider how lucky we are to be well-educated and in a position to make a difference to others.

Two bars, one summer
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
University of Toronto law graduate Yuki Shirato shares his experiences and offers a few tips for students wanting to pass the bar in Ontario and New York.

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2014 Top 10 Quebec Law Firms
Voting is now open for our latest regional firm rankings. We encourage in-house counsel as well as lawyers from firms in other regions to let us know which firms you think are tops in the province of Quebec. We will select 10 firms with with offices only in the province of Quebec (extending across the river to include Ottawa), and offering a wide range of legal services. Your input is integral in helping us determine which firms stand out from the crowd and deserve praise for their outstanding performance.

Please click here to fill out the survey, it will only take a few minutes. Polling is open until Jan. 6, 2014. The results will appear in the March 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer.


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