An Ontario Superior Court justice has found that the class action lawsuit brought against Deloitte LLP by lawyers who had reviewed documents for the firm constituted a success for the plaintiff class, and he has granted the representative plaintiff for the class a cost award.
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week: two criminal, one constitutional, and the last involving a s. 7 Charter challenge by a long-term offender in Saskatchewan who was convicted of walking away from a community correctional centre where he was being supervised.
The continuing dispute between British Columbia and Texas pipeline company Kinder Morgan over the proposed $7.4-billion Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC expansion, from Alberta to British Columbia, is heading to the courts, with one senator urging Ottawa to ask the SCC to decide on the issue.
Perhaps in keeping with its professed goal of reconciliation with Canada’s aboriginal people, the federal government chose Valentine’s Day to announce the creation of a new legal framework for the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada.
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week. The Orphan Well Association and Alberta Energy Regulator will face off against bankruptcy trustee Grant Thornton in court on Thursday, asking the high court to decide on the sale of a bankrupt company’s oil and gas properties, and the costs of remediation for orphan wells. Appeals in three criminal cases relate to murder or sexual assault convictions.
It’s the Wild West as social media and digital technology intersect with the practice of law, and lawyers debated the impact of it all this week at the Ontario Bar Association’s annual Institute in Toronto.
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, including three criminal cases involving driving “over 80” and production of evidence; an unjust enrichment claim; and an appeal in a sexual assault case in which the Court of Appeal of Alberta had found that a trial judge had erred by relying on a stereotype about the behaviour of sexual assault victims.
The Alberta Law Reform Institute will make final recommendations next week to amend the Alberta Evidence Act in order to better facilitate the giving of evidence by children and other witnesses whose competence to testify may be in doubt.
The Supreme Court of Canada has now heard an appeal from an Alberta First Nation that, if successful, could have a significant impact on First Nations’ role in the creation of legislation where it involves their treaty rights.