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

Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 3:30 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Be sure to check The Lawyer’s Daily on Sept. 12 when we’ll be launching our next seven “In Focus” Areas of Practice! They are: Immigration, Insurance, Natural Resources, Tax, Real Estate, Intellectual Property and In-House Counsel.

Our newest Analysis Editor and Digital Reporter will be covering off those areas with the latest news, insight, thought leadership and content that you’ve come to expect from The Lawyer’s Daily. 

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

Two federal departments for Indigenous issues could bring headaches, scholar says
Interested lawyers will need to have “the best peripheral vision they’ve ever had” after the federal Liberal government divided the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs in two, says one legal scholar.

African Canadian Legal Clinic seeks probe of Legal Aid Ontario's defunding decision
The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) has responded to Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) decision to defund the clinic by reaching out to Ontario’s premier and attorney general to conduct an independent investigation of what the clinic deems a “biased, unjust and racist” decision.

Total fees paid to lawyers working for Quebec public bodies not always privileged information: Appeal Court
The total amount of professional billings paid to lawyers working on behalf of public bodies is not necessarily automatically protected by solicitor-client privilege, the Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled.

Appeal Court overturns damage awards to inmates who alleged mistreatment
Two Ontario inmates awarded damages after claiming to have been mistreated through frequent jailhouse lockdowns have lost on appeal after it was found the lower-court judge “significantly overstated” what the men endured.

Putting the 'car' in 'cartel': Class action alleges conspiracy by German automakers
In Michael Osborne’s analysis article he writes about class actions that have been filed in Ontario against German carmakers alleging that they co-ordinated the design and pricing of components in their cars.

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