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Members leave CBA over Chevron case
Law Times
Some members of the Canadian Bar Association are considering giving up their memberships after the organization decided to intervene in support of Chevron Corp.'s position in the oil company's upcoming legal battle against the indigenous Mayan people of Ecuador at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Charge in Costco death raises interesting legal questions
Law Times
There's an interesting criminal law question in a new charge police have added against the driver involved in a horrific London, Ont., crash that claimed the life of a young girl and, days later, that of her newborn sister.

Diversity metrics will influence what firms BMO's legal department does business with: Fish
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
While some of the largest organizations in Canada have established the business case for embracing diversity in the legal profession, some law firms still aren't buying into the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Condo buyers seeking rule changes for lawyers
Law Times
Carrying a sign that reads "law society shame," purchasers of Toronto condominium units who lost their deposit funds held a protest last week to demand more protections for client funds in lawyers' trust accounts.



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Osgoode Twitter contest asks students to look to the future
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
As the 125th anniversary of Osgoode approaches, the school is celebrating with different events and a contest. Dean Lorne Sossin, for example, came up with a Twitter contest that calls on students to submit ideas for the future of law using the Twitter hashtag, "#oz125."

Chasing data
Canadian Lawyer
The variety of tools, services, and delivery models for e-discovery has only become more complicated with time, as has the nature of the data. Mastering this area is not only a budget issue — it's something that may fundamentally change the skill sets of the next generation of lawyers across the country.

'Foreign official' definition clarified
Lexpert
Until relatively recently, neither Canadian nor U.S. courts have shed much light on what constitutes a "foreign official" under the countries' respective anti-corruption statutes. That changed in May 2014 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that establishing control or ownership on its own was not enough to make an entity an "instrumentality" of a foreign government.

How to avoid settler's remorse
Law Times
While accident victims may sometimes have second thoughts after negotiating a settlement, the courts have demanded that there better be a good reason to set it aside once the parties have signed the deal.

TWU ruling outlines who can intervene
Law Times
Faced with 14 motions to intervene in Trinity Western University's judicial review application, Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer granted only some of them in a ruling last month. Click
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Justice denied for middle class
Law Times, editorial
With access to justice becoming a central concern, the Supreme Court of Canada sent a strong message about the issue last week with its decision in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (Attorney General).

SCC takes a new approach to multi-defendant class proceedings
Canadian Lawyer, online
Kirk Baert's Class Acts column this month explores the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decision in Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte, in which it held that a representative plaintiff in a class action need not have a cause of action against each named defendant, as long as members of the class held a cause of action against each named defendant.

Farming crime bills to backbenchers leaves justice agenda a mess
Law Times
In his column, A Criminal Mind, Matthew Gourlay argues that the federal criminal justice legislative agenda is a mess, not just because so many of the government's recently enacted and currently proposed laws are either pointless or regressive but also because of the rank amateurism that now seems to pervade the legislative process.

Don't bet against LPP candidates
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Matt Hopkins is among the 250 graduates seizing the opportunity the LPP provides to get the training they need to become licensed in the province of Ontario. He writes about his experience so far in the program.



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