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Crackdown on placeholder motions
Law Times
Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith says her goal of reducing long wait times for civil motions to four months "has been largely met" in Toronto.


Deal reached on contracting court transcription work
Law Times
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the Ministry of the Attorney General have reached a settlement in a long-running dispute about the contracting out of court transcription work.

Lawyer sues ex-employer's counsel over comments about dismissal suit
Law Times
An associate who sued a Toronto lawyer for allegedly firing her without "a scintilla of mild misconduct" has now launched a libel lawsuit against her former employer and her lawyer for comments made in a June 2013 Law Times article.

Not compliant with AODA? Ignore compliance audit notice at your peril
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Ontario government is cracking down on companies that haven't complied with requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


Chief justice celebrates pro bono work with students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Aspiring law students heard from Canada's top judge last week that the volunteer program they are a part of is something she wishes was available when she was a law student.



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Canada's Competition Bureau and leadership
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Will new leadership at the Competition Bureau mean a different approach to enforcement?

Bankruptcy relief for assault convict rejected
Law Times
A man whose one-punch assault left his victim permanently brain damaged must pay a $1-million civil damages award despite declaring bankruptcy after the Court of Appeal overturned a lower court judgment that released him from the debt.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 17 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Legal tech course launched
Law Times
Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Victoria will offer a new course on legal information technology next year. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Maintain the momentum
Law Times, editorial
Lawyers are skeptical about Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith's recent success in reducing wait times for civil motions. But coming just a few months after the problem appeared intolerable, the measures so far seem promising.

Conservatives do about-face on marijuana
Law Times
A new law that would allow police officers to issue fines for marijuana possession instead of issuing a criminal charge might not be all fun and games, writes Richard Cleroux in his column, The Hill. Regardless, it's clear the government has changed its tune.


Check your own house
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lisa Lifshitz suggests in her column, The IT Girl, that the better IT services provider may not be the cheapest option, but you usually get what you pay for.

Understanding how the legal winds are blowing
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Law Library column, Damian Penny reviews NewLaw, New Rules by George Beaton. The book explains how legal services companies are much more reliant on technology than traditional law firms, which may be more likely to baulk at the cost. And they've thrown out the traditional partnership model, instead relying on outside investors and shareholders.

Phishing for dollars
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Lawyers need to take proactive steps to avoid becoming victims of cyber-crime, write George Takach in this month's technology column.



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You may get paid on revenues but you spend profits
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month's Definitely Mabey column addresses the third "P" that today's law firms need to tackle to ensure they are tomorrow's law firms too. In January, Stephen Mabey wrote about processes. February's column dealt with pricing. This month's column addresses profits.

Getting to the happy lawyer
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her Trial by Fire column, Lindsay Scott writes about the importance of having friends and colleagues with whom you can casually trade war stories.

Start business development early
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
While many lawyers can succeed without creating formalized business development plans, establishing good habits up front will lead to future success in developing a long-term and loyal client base, writes Sasha Toten, an articling student at Bennett Jones LLP.

The Toronto food truck debate: More competition or legislated cartel?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Choice and competition, it seems, is good to a point to the City of Toronto, writes regulatory and competition lawyer Steve Szentesi, as long as it doesn't mean too much competition for existing restaurants.

Careful crafting of buy-sell provisions avoids later disagreement over personal guarantees
Canadian Lawyer, online
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP's Jim Shanks discusses the so-called "buy-sell provision," which allows an aggrieved investor to set the price at which it is willing to sell its investment to co-investors, or alternatively, to purchase their investments from them.

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