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Proposed class action settlement on sexual misconduct in military includes ‘structural changes,’ says co-lead counsel
Jonathan Ptak
‘It has a number of structural changes, which we think provides an opportunity for lasting change in the culture of the Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence,’ explained Jonathan Ptak, a partner with Koskie Minsky LLP.

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

The federal government’s proposed $900 million settlement of a class action lawsuit regarding sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) “sends a powerful signal to military authorities and the rank and file that the government is paying significant tax dollars to repair some of the insult and damages created and hopefully that will serve as a deterrent going forward,” according to Michel Drapeau, an Ottawa military lawyer and retired army colonel. ... [read more]

B.C. Law Society updates rules for trust accounts, cash transactions

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has changed its rules surrounding use of trust accounts and cash transactions by lawyers as part of a nationwide push to combat money laundering in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Quebec Court of Appeal overturns labour tribunal’s ruling on litigation privilege Francis Gervais

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

A ruling by the Quebec Administrative Labour Tribunal that held that litigation privilege applies only in civil matters and in adversarial proceedings but not in an administrative law context before a quasijudicial tribunal with powers of inquiry was overturned by the Quebec Court of Appeal. ... [read more]