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

Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 2:55 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week in The Lawyer’s Daily.

CBA questions proposal to lower blood alcohol concentration level
The Canadian Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section has grave concerns over Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s proposal to lower the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers from 80 milligrams to 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.

Retailer ordered to pay $1 million in punitive damages in class action
Leon's Furniture Limited, Canada’s largest discount furniture and appliance retailer, was ordered to pay $2.36 million, including $1 million in punitive damages, to thousands of consumers after the Quebec Superior Court found that it engaged in deceptive advertising and marketing with its popular “buy now, pay later” promotions.

LSUC Professional Regulation division revamped
The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Professional Regulation division has undergone a restructuring as the length of time to resolve investigations reached an all-time high in 2016.

B.C. court rules Indigenous heritage doesn’t override child’s best interest in adoption
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has determined that a child’s Indigenous heritage does not attract a “super-weight” over other factors in adoption in a decision the birth mother plans to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Groia case highlights tension between a lawyer's duty to both client and court
In his column, Julius Melnitzer writes: “A hint of what awaits Joe Groia could very well be gleaned from the Supreme Court of Canada’s treatment of Quebec criminal lawyer Robert Jodoin, against whom the court upheld a personal costs award for bringing “unfounded and frivolous” motions alleging bias against a Quebec Superior Court judge.”

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