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

Friday, August 06, 2021 @ 1:29 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Federal judges say pay package is getting too low to attract ‘outstanding’ private bar lawyers
Canada’s federal judges — in the midst of seeking an increase to their indexed half-million-dollar pay and pension package — are expressing “deep concern” that a declining number of private bar lawyers with higher incomes are applying to join their bench due to its comparatively lower pay and demanding workload.

Near-$8-billion record settlement of First Nations’ non-potable water claims features novel twists
Ottawa’s near-$8-billion “agreement in principle” to settle national lawsuits brought by First Nations and their members harmed by decades of non-potable water on reserves could turn out to be the largest class action settlement in Canadian history, after it is approved in court.

Quebec will launch COVID-19 vaccination passport in September
Quebec will implement a COVID-19 vaccination passport as cases continue to rise across the province. In a press conference on Aug. 5, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said, after a discussion with Public Health, “It looks like, unfortunately, over the next few days, few weeks, we will see an increase in cases and also an increase in hospitalization.”

SCC ‘clarified and reaffirmed’ discoverability principle in limitations period decision: counsel
The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Grant Thornton LLP v. New Brunswick 2021 SCC 31 has been flagged by counsel as a reaffirmation of the discoverability principle and noted as having a broad application to the profession.

The case for gamer rights in metaverse
In his column, Alex Davis writes: “The growing time spent in metaverses has been accompanied with a rise in spending in these virtual worlds. Spending in Roblox and Fortnite alone surpassed $300 million in 2020. Stories about significant purchases, such as the sale of a digital representation of a Gucci handbag for US$4,000 worth of Roblox’s in-game virtual currency and purchases of digital land for sums exceeding $100,000 in the Decentraland metaverse have become increasingly common. The accumulation of property occurring in metaverses is accelerating, even though purchasers of these digital items lack reasonable property rights.”

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