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Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

For a child with disabilities, think lifetime benefit trust

When planning for the future of a child with disabilities, there are several options to consider. Choosing the option that will provide a financially dependent child with the most money is not always easy or straightforward. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

Workplace reorganizations: Quebec employers beware

Workplace reorganizations often come with their fair share of challenges and require employees and managers alike to be patient and understanding. Changes in working methods, tasks or lines of authority may ruffle the feathers of certain employees, which is why management should not spare any efforts to efficiently communicate the reasons behind the proposed changes and the objectives it strives to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

Jury challenge for cause — courts still grapple with Criminal Code amendment Jury chairs

“Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it” serves as apt reminder for counsel preparing to select a jury in a criminal trial with the assistance of the challenge for cause procedure. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

Autonomous cars: sure they're safer, but privacy, cybersecurity concerns abound Autonomous cars

As of late, a hot topic in the world of technology and automobiles has been the advancement of autonomous vehicles. Some estimates suggest that fully autonomous vehicles could be commonplace in the next decade, with some automakers aiming for 2020 as the year in which they anticipate selling such vehicles. ... [read more]

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 8:44 AM

Bill 89 signals major reform of Ontario’s child welfare laws

Ontario’s Bill 89 is a major legislative overhaul to the province’s Child and Family Services Act, which first came into force more than three decades ago in 1984, and it will bring significant changes to the laws governing child protection, foster care, adoption and youth justice. The bill received royal assent on June 1, 2017, with the most significant part, the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, to come into force in the spring of 2018. ... [read more]

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

The real impact of postponing CASL’s private right of action

On Thursday, June 7, the federal government suspended indefinitely the private right of action (PRA) under CASL (Canada’s anti-spam legislation), originally scheduled to come into effect July 1, 2017. The government indicated that the provision would be reviewed and potentially amended by the parliamentary committee tasked to conduct the three-year review of CASL under the requirement stipulated in the act. ... [read more]

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 8:37 AM

Impact of structured settlements on family law claims

In Hunks v. Hunks 2017 ONCA 331, a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal determined that structured settlements annuity payments are income rather than property. Family law clients who suffer injuries during marriage and their lawyers will want to understand the options available for payment of settlement funds and the impact of structured settlements on potential family law claims. Depending on the size of the settlement, the financial consequences for clients on separation could be considerable. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

U.S. Chamber pushes for mandatory disclosure in third party litigation funding Jasminka Kalajdzic

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliated Institute for Legal Reform, along with more than two dozen business groups and legal organizations, have submitted a controversial letter calling for the mandatory disclosure of third party litigation funding arrangements (TPLF) in any civil action filed in U.S. federal court. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 8:49 AM

Slip and falls: technology putting more science into friction Slip and falls

The litigation of slip and fall claims in Ontario is changing with the advance of technology. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 9:32 AM

Mediators becoming first choice of self-represented spouses

Family disputes, and the court process, have changed in recent decades. The Ontario government review of the family court system, which review came out in 2017, by Justice Annemarie Bonkalo, found that more than 57 per cent of Ontario litigants in the family court system in 2014-15 were self-represented, according to government statistics. This is different than in previous decades. ... [read more]