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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 3:10 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

SCC certifies class action, upholds lower court’s decision on ‘umbrella purchasers,’ limitation period
The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed appeals brought by manufacturers Pioneer Corporation and Toshiba Corporation in a class action certification commenced by a B.C. businessman who accused the electronics firms of “price-fixing” optical disc drives (ODDs), which would include CD, DVD and Blu-ray products.

A conversation with Beverley McLachlin
Please join the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of Canada and chair of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, in a live (and lively) one-hour webinar conversation with The Lawyer’s Daily Ottawa bureau chief Cristin Schmitz about what consumers, lawyers, legal regulators and governments can do to overcome the barriers to accessing justice.

Shifting culture of human rights in province focus of new B.C. commissioner
British Columbia’s newly minted human rights commissioner says she hopes to change people’s “hearts and minds” as she hits the ground running as the first person to take the office in 17 years.

Appeal Court upholds Quebec Superior Court’s civil jurisdiction under Constitution
Quebec’s 157 federally appointed Superior Court judges could find themselves with more cases on their rolls following a recent ruling by the province’s Court of Appeal.

Social media distraction ‘widespread’ in legal profession, says expert
Mindfulness, meditation and a healthy fear of digital devices are keys to lawyers avoiding the distraction of social media while at work, says an expert set to lecture on widespread “attentional hijacking.”

Access to Justice: New fund aiming at solutions
In her column, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes “On Sept. 10, 2019, the Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund was launched. The fund’s aim is to provide financing for innovative approaches to improving access to civil and family justice. Through an application process the Fund will allow individuals and organizations to explore, test, measure and grow good ideas that advance our progress. We will begin receiving applications next year, with a transparent and publicly available application process.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.