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Door opened to abuse as beneficiaries left in the cold
Law Times
When Adalgisa Di Michele died in 1996, she left her house to three of her children. None of them now owns any part of the Mississauga, Ont., home thanks to a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision on the power of an estate trustee that lawyers say leaves a door open to abuse.

Panel considers bid for restorative justice for lawyers
Law Times
In what was the first argument for restorative justice for a non-aboriginal person, a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has considered — but ultimately rejected — a case for rehabilitating a lawyer found guilty of misconduct related to real estate fraud.

SCC consideration of adviser penalties significant for lawyers
Law Times
In a case with significant implications for lawyers, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to consider whether adviser penalties found in s. 163.2 of the Income Tax Act are penal or administrative in nature.

It's game on in bet-the-company litigation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When it comes to high-stakes litigation in-house counsel play a critical role in the outcome but experts say they need to know the important steps in the battle plan.



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Video: McGill law students launch anti-discrimination campaign
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A group of law students from McGill University have launched a campaign to "denounce the conscious and unconscious micro-aggression" they face at the school.



Insolvency balancing act
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Conflicting priorities, most recently between environmental claims and the need for business continuity, highlight the difficult tightrope insolvency courts must walk.

Snowden leaks create pressure for security reform
Law Times
Recent allegations that the Communications Security Establishment Canada has been tracking Canadians through free Wi-Fi networks and swapping information with foreign governments have focused the ongoing Internet privacy debate on the collection of metadata.

10 judges named to Ontario court
Law Times
Ten new judges will join the Ontario Court of Justice bench on April 16. Click
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Go back to the drawing board
Law Times, editorial
With so much division over the fair elections act and the need to tackle voter participation as much as elections fraud, the government should reconsider its position. An elections bill is something that should have broad support and it's clear this one doesn't.

Why e-mail will not be important in the future
Canadian Lawyer, online
The unstructured and linear nature of e-mail is the overall reason why e-mail file communications in business and professional organizations will be replaced by other forms of communication, writes Ben Hanuka in his column, The Future Files.


Lawyers challenged to take a basic technology competency audit
Law Times, online
While there's widespread concern about the pace at which the legal sector is embracing technology, it's hard for people to really know if a law firm is using it efficiently or if it's just marginally better at it than the competition, writes Monica Goyal in her Bits & Bytes column.

Analysis paralysis is lethal for your career
Canadian Lawyer, online
Even a mediocre plan, well executed, can have more impact than a brilliant plan poorly implemented, writes Simone Hughes. This month's Make it Count column moves forward with the next step in the marketing strategic approach: implementation.



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Overtime class actions: directors take note of your potential exposure
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her latest Trials & Tribulations column, Margaret Waddell writes about the Ontario Court of Appeal's 2012 trilogy of overtime class action decisions Fresco v. CIBC, Fulawka v. Bank of Nova Scotia, and McCracken v. v. Canadian National Railway Co., which confirmed the viability a relatively new form of class action previously unexplored and highly uncertain in Ontario.

Creepily efficient advertising
Lexpert
Systems that track online behaviour to deliver targeted ads offer huge efficiencies, and raise serious privacy issues, writes George Takach in this month's Technology column.

The impact of global warming on in-house counsel?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
As discussions about how to prepare for global warming proliferate, Renato Pontello, in his Practising In-house column, asks whether these discussions affecting in-house counsel and the way in which they prepare, plan, and implement.

Feds set to discard years of use-based trademark law
Law Times
Last month, the Canadian government proposed the most important changes to the Trademarks Act since 1953 in its budget implementation bill. Bill C-31 is omnibus legislation comprising 375 pages that, if enacted, would also amend dozens of unrelated laws.



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