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SCC issues 'big change' to contract law
Law Times
Arbitrators and trial judges should have the last word in most cases that turn on the interpretation of contracts, the Supreme Court of Canada has found. That's the clear message from the top court's recent landmark decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp. or it's at least what many people will get from the ruling.

In-house contemplate software tools to improve productivity
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In order to tame the documents and processes swirling around them, in-house departments are embracing technology tools as a way to become more efficient and improve relations with other business units.

Canadians embracing spam law with 'unprecedented' number of complaints
Law Times
In less than a month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission received almost 50,000 complaints under the new anti-spam legislation. "It's growing a lot," says CRTC spokeswoman Patricia Valladao.

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Certification of class action over legal fees rejected
Law Times
A Superior Court judge has rejected a certification motion for a class action against a Toronto law firm. About 6,000 clients of Neinstein and Associates LLP, spearheaded by Cassie Hodge of Brooklin, Ont., took the personal injury law firm to court on the basis that it unlawfully included costs in its contingency-fee payment arrangements among other alleged breaches of the Solicitors Act.

Will disclosure resolve shareholder concerns about payment?
Law Times
The controversy over the future of director nominee compensation, a central feature of the 2013 proxy battle between JANA Partners LLC and Agrium Inc., may be boiling down to a disclosure issue.

Lawyer reprimanded for posting disclosure online
Law Times
The Law Society Tribunal's hearing division has reprimanded an Ottawa lawyer who posted Crown disclosure online. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Chris Bentley's LPP pitch to the profession
Law Times
In this month's Speaker's corner, Chris Bentley writes about the newly established law practice program at Ryerson University. With the program set to start this month, lawyers have plenty of opportunity to participate in it.

Tax hikes on agenda as Queen's Park wraps up quick session
Law Times
Ontario is in for a shock and sooner than we think, writes Ian Harvey in his Inside Queen's Park column. Either this government will start to seriously cut spending, which seems unlikely, or it will continue to raise taxes, which seems ever more likely.

RFP pitching tips — part 3
Canadian Lawyer, online
Simone Hughes, in this month's Make it Count column, addresses some very important practical tips around the process of responding to requests for proposals. While the tips sound very logical, you would be surprised by how many submissions lose because of not following instructions.

Does your compliance program comply?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In this month's Practising In-house column, Renato Pontello writes about changes in provisions of the federal government's Supply Manual to further strengthen the integrity of procurement transactions. The changes, which came into effect March 1, impose significant new requirements on companies.



Contract interpretation is no longer a question of law
Canadian Lawyer, online
The standard of appellate review for contract interpretation has been redefined by the Supreme Court of Canada, writes Margaret Waddell in her Trials & Tribulations column. Buried in the depths of summer and delivered in the context of an appeal from an arbitral award, Justice Marshall Rothstein's decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp. may have gone unnoticed by many.

Moxtra: a new mobile interactive tool
Canadian Lawyer, online
Ben Hanuka, in his The Future Files column, comments on the declining role of e-mail as a form of electronic communication among professionals, and indeed among humans collaborating on any project or task. The interactive program Moxtra may accelerate this trend.

Advice for the overconfident 1L
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In March, Derek Kim had an opportunity to speak with many incoming 1Ls as part of a panel hosted by the Laurier Law Society. He says he encountered students in one of two broad categories: the overconfident, and the overwrought. His advice is for the former.

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