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Cassels Brock to appeal $45-million damages in GM dealer case
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Last week, an Ontario Superior Court judge awarded damages against Cassels Brock in the amount of $45 million for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and professional negligence. In light of the decision against the firm, in a statement July 9, Cassels Brock general counsel John Birch said it's business as usual and the firm is actively pursuing an appeal.

Legal advertising under the microscope
Law Times
Darcy Merkur has had enough. Whether it's misleading information about a law firm's experience or phallic innuendo suggestive of big settlements strategically placed above men's urinals, legal advertising in Ontario has gotten out of hand.

Family law can be a dangerous job
Law Times
Christine Marchetti, a lawyer at Stanchieri Family Law in Toronto, says it wasn't surprising to hear that Maria Mitousis, a Manitoba lawyer who was seriously injured in an explosion, practised family law, given the violent passions cases can give rise to.

Video: 10th annual InHouse general counsel roundtable - Alternative fee arrangements and RFPs
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the third of four videos from the 10th Annual General Counsel Roundtable the participants talk about their experiences with alternative fee arrangements and issuing RFPs to external law firms.


Federal lawyers taking on government over political candidacy
Law Times
The issue over when federal government lawyers can run for office is heating up with a senior official in the Department of Justice launching a legal challenge over the issue and a prosecutor making the political leap despite a decision denying her leave to do so.

TRU student getting first-hand enviro law experience in Alaska
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
TRU law student Brianna Meyer, raised surrounded by nature in the coastal town of Powell River, B.C., is spending the summer with the 70 tribal and First Nation communities in Alaska.

Lawyers navigating complex world of new marijuana regulations
Law Times
Kirk Tousaw has always been a thorn in the side of authority when it comes to the laws surrounding marijuana.These days, Tousaw's chief adversary today is the federal government of Canada, where he now makes his home.

Linda Fuerst joins Norton Rose
Law Times Linda Fuerst has left Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP to join Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.
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Publish all social security decisions
Law Times, editorial
When the federal government created the Social Security Tribunal in 2013, it forgot to ensure one crucial aspect: the publication of its decisions.

Calling all Twitterati
Canadian Lawyer, online
Should you, or should you not be on Twitter? That is the question. The answer is: it depends, writes Simone Hughes in her Make it Count column.

Freemen in Ontario's land registry offices a significant concern
Law Times
The anarchists known as freemen have been a scourge in the courts for some time now, writes Jeffrey Lim in his column, The Dirt. That being said, their presence in local land registry offices is still a relative novelty, at least here in Ontario. That said, the frequency of their visits, even here in Ontario, is increasing.

MacBook v. Surface
Canadian Lawyer, online
Many legal professionals continue using laptops when away from the office, but an increasing number are moving to tablets. Both categories are constantly developing and becoming more sophisticated. Ben Hanuka, in his column, The Future Files, compares the leading products.

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Do in-house counsel need additional insurance?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Just as lawyers in the private sector can be sued by their clients for negligence, theft, or fraud, so, too, can corporate employers bring such claims against their in-house counsel. In his Practising In-house column, Renato Pontello provides a brief review of forms of indemnities that may be available to in-house counsel.

Being grateful
Canadian Lawyer, online
Despite the sacrifices made, there is a wealth of benefits to being a member of the legal community. In her Trial by Fire column, Kristal Bayes counts her blessings.

Religious Lawyering
In Paul Paton's Last Word column, he asks the difficult question: Is it possible to separate religious convictions from professional duties?

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