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Court certifies class action under tort of intrusion upon seclusion
Law Times
More than 600 clients of the Bank of Nova Scotia will pursue a class action against it after a Superior Court judge gave the green light to a lawsuit under the new privacy tort of intrusion upon seclusion.

Video: Ninth annual InHouse general counsel roundtable: Dealing with regulatory challenges
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the fourth and final video from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss the regulatory pressures their law departments are dealing with including Canada's Anti-Spam law, the new Alberta energy regulator and the "regulator" of public opinion.

Law firm standards applied to associations
Law Times
If lawyers who work in association with each other "hold themselves out as law firms," they're subject to the same stringent conflict and confidentiality protocols expected of law firms, a Superior Court judge has found.

Is McCormick just the beginning?
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Call it the law of unintended consequences. When Mitch McCormick, a partner for 40 years at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, fought mandatory retirement as age discrimination, his name became synonymous with whether law firms can enforce partnership agreements requiring partners to step aside at 65.



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Regulating complexity
Lexpert
Regulators of complex financial products are acting boldly in the wake of the financial crises, but unintended consequences abound.

Defining roles — Sukonick, DeMerchant case raises questions about relationships between external, in-house counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When it comes to related-party transactions, are the roles of in-house counsel, audit committees, and external lawyers always clearly defined?

Hospitals have ownership over patients' tissue, master finds
Law Times
Tissue removed from your body for diagnostic reasons may be a piece of your own flesh, but once it's out, the hospital that excised it can have ownership of it, according to a Superior Court ruling that marks the first time a Canadian court has addressed the issue.

Focus: Equal shared parenting bill defeated
Law Times
The latest attempt to bring the presumption of equal shared parenting to child custody matters in Canada has failed.

Bennett Jones opens Vancouver office
Law Times
Bennett Jones LLP says it has opened a new office in Vancouver as part of its "ongoing commitment to clients." Click
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Editorial: Keep promise to take action on records
Law Times, editorial
With news in 2012 that alleged Eaton Centre shooter Christopher Husbands had been working with children for the City of Toronto despite having a criminal record, it's not surprising authorities have erred on the side of caution when it comes to vulnerable sector checks, writes Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Bombardier GC's open letter an invitation to expand the conversation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
I recently read a thoughtful open letter to general counsel and law firms written by Daniel Desjardins, general counsel of Bombardier Inc. Stated simply, this letter offers sound advice, writes In-house Coach columnist Fred Krebs.

Law firm management by the numbers
Canadian Lawyer, online
On May 8, the Managing Partner Forum 2014 Leadership Conference was held in Atlanta, Ga. The conference was hosted by John Remsen Jr., president and CEO of The Managing Partner Forum. Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal and I were fortunate enough to be part of the faculty, writes Definitely Mabey columnist Stephen Mabey.

Cracks showing in national recognition of common law degrees
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the spring of 1963, Bob Jarvis graduated with an LLB from the University of Alberta. He moved to Ontario and wanted to enter the Law Society of Upper Canada's bar admission program. He was informed his University of Alberta LLB did not satisfy the LSUC's education requirements for entry into the program, writes Law School Futures contributor Philip Bryden.

CASL still muddy waters
Canadian Lawyer, online
On June 6, I received an e-mail from Industry Canada inviting me to become "better informed" about Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation through one of several information sessions hosted by the Canadian government "across the country" during the past six months, writes The IT Girl columnist Lisa Lifshitz

A new perspective
Canadian Lawyer, online
Yes, my real name is Twila and I am from Kelligrews, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland & Labrador, presently living in Logy Bay. It could be worse, I could be from Come By Chance, The Goulds (where my spouse is from), Dildo (I have relatives there), or Sunnyside (it's cruel to live in a place called Sunnyside when you have more days of rain, drizzle, and fog than anywhere else on earth), writes The Twila Zone contributor Twila Reid.

Speaker's Corner: Will new prostitution law criminalize strip clubs?
Law Times
Several commentators have suggested the federal government's proposed prostitution law is unconstitutional in light of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, writes contributor James Morton.



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