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SCC opens door to foreigners suing here for Canadian companies’ human rights violations abroad
Joe Fiorante
Plaintiffs’ counsel Joe Fiorante said Canadian companies can face lawsuits here for serious human rights violations they commit or aid or abet abroad.

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 5:11 PM

In a public international law decision that breaks new ground nationally and internationally, a divided Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that three Eritreans who claim they were abused and forced to work at a Canadian-owned mine in Eritrea can proceed with their damages suit in B.C. Supreme Court for alleged human rights violations that breached the norms of customary international law. ... [read more]

Contentious motion on equity group’s involvement at LSO tabled, censure motion ruled out of order Malcolm_Mercer_sm

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

The debate on two motions before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) dissolved into a shout of “shame!” as benchers expressed feelings of being attacked, made claims of bullying and demands for apologies before the treasurer called issues out of order and closed the public portion of the meeting. The motions were both moved by bencher John Fagan and seconded by bencher Jared Brown. ... [read more]

Waiving of solicitor-client privilege triggered by client conduct, says lawyer in N.S. lawsuit Bruce_Outhouse_sm

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 8:55 AM

Lawyers must be able to defend themselves against allegations made by clients, says counsel for a former Nova Scotia Crown back on track to sue provincial government leaders for publicly disavowing a controversial “sovereignty” argument he used against an Indigenous group.     ... [read more]

All eyes turn to Supreme Court after Alberta carbon tax ruling, legal scholar says Subscriber only content Eric Adams, University of Alberta

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 3:01 PM

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled the Trudeau government’s carbon pricing scheme to be an unconstitutional intrusion onto provincial powers, a decision that runs contrary to findings in other courts and one a legal scholar says the Supreme Court will have to grapple with due to the new issues it raises. ... [read more]

Alberta dropping plan for unified family court ‘doesn’t make a whole lot of sense’: lawyer John-Paul Boyd

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 1:03 PM

Alberta’s plan to launch a unified family court (UFC), which would aim to make family law matters easier to navigate for both lawyer and layperson alike, has apparently been suspended by the provincial government, a decision being lamented by members of the family bar in the province. ... [read more]