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Lawyer rejects allegations of extremist links
Law Times
A Hamilton, Ont., lawyer says he's considering suing for defamation after allegations that he has links to extremist groups led to his suspension from a national security roundtable.

Jury decides sharing contractors not the same as bid-rigging
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A group of Ottawa-based technology providers have won a major victory over the Competition Bureau following an eight-month trial and what is being called one of the biggest bid-rigging cases of its kind in Canadian history.

Benchers ponder implications of LSUC vote
Law Times
As lawyers in Ontario get familiar with their newly elected benchers, some of the winners are reflecting on the race for a seat at Convocation and whether there should be spending limits on campaigns.

Appeal court makes strong statement about bilingual proceedings
Law Times
As the Ontario Court of Appeal made a strong statement about language rights by awarding costs against the Crown, the provincial government is getting ready to launch a pilot project to address the issue of French-language services in the justice system.

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Top Boutiques: The new normal - Part 2
Canadian Lawyer
The top arbitration firms ranged from operations with large rosters of lawyers to small ones such as AR Group in Toronto. Another area of the profession where the practice is growing and constantly evolving is in aboriginal law.

Confronting the mental health stigma in the legal profession
Many lawyers suffer in silence rather than admit they struggle with depression, stress, anxiety and work-life balance. But help is available as various initiatives confront mental-health issues and their stigma.

Is Uber's insurance policy adequate?
Law Times
Uber's insurance coverage could finally be open to scrutiny following the failure of a sealing application in a recent Ontario case instigated by the City of Toronto as it seeks to close the service down.

Judicial appointments announced
Law Times
The federal government has appointed Superior Court Justice Lois Roberts to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Major gaps in bilingual court services
Law Times, editorial
As the Ontario Court of Appeal shines a light on the gaps in bilingual services in the court system, the Ministry of the Attorney General looks to be taking action on the issue in Ottawa.

Dealing with those nuisance claims
Canadian Lawyer, online
So-called nuisance claims are a headache for many reasons, writes Gillian Hnatiw in her first Trials & Tribulations column. Despite their dubious legal merits, they frequently require a fair amount of time and energy to resolve.

Navigating potential internal conflicts of interest
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his column, Practising In-house, Renato Pontello writes that, while navigating through those conflicts is often perplexing, the basic principles at the departure are simple: one must remember that there is only one client, the corporation, and that counsel must always act in the company's best interests.

Lawyers should reject LSUC articling motion
Law Times
A group of 15 Ontario lawyers are about to shake the debate up even more with an extreme proposal that, if put into practice, would have disastrous outcomes, writes Kathryn Marshall in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Exoneration isn't enough
In his Last Word column, Paul Paton writes that, while wrongly accused lawyers may be able to find judicial recourse, it's rare that they do so before their careers are ruined.

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Advanced Adobe Acrobat features
Canadian Lawyer, online
In last month's The Future Files column, Ben Hanuka provided a brief overview of the new Adobe Acrobat DC, the newest version of the popular program. In this article, he addresses some of the features he often uses in his daily practice and how they work.

A lawyer's guide to prepare for holidays
Canadian Lawyer, online
Not having the opportunity to step back and recharge can be hazardous to one's mental and physical health, writes Pascale Daigneault in her new column, Soul and Small practice. Yet, that is exactly what many small firm practitioners do.

Changes to common elements among trends as condos age
Law Times
New condominium legislation in Ontario would be timely, writes Jeffrey Lem in his column, The Dirt. Ontario is now home to more condominiums than any other jurisdiction in the western world.

The Compact: A new way forward for marriage contracts & cohabitation agreements
Canadian Lawyer, online
Family lawyer Brahm Siegel proposes a simple set of standard procedures to be used in all cases involving marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. These are nothing more than seven steps to be followed by lawyers retained on these sorts of files.

The new LSUC, the old A2J problems
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
With bencher election results in and the Law Society of Upper Canada getting a facelift, this administration will be under more scrutiny than any previous LSUC board for its action plan on access to justice, writes LSUC licensing candidate Christopher Achikar.


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This week's Law Times poll
Are the courts doing enough to support bilingual proceedings and provide services in French? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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