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

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:23 PM | By John Carson

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

The Lawyer's Daily is taking a publishing break for the new year and will be back Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The team would like to thank you for the support since launching in March this year and we look forward to a busy 2018.

New Brunswick amends Insurance Act to better protect victims of domestic violence
New Brunswick is poised to become the sixth province in Canada — and the first in Atlantic Canada — to compel insurance companies to pay co-insureds when their home is deliberately burned down (or otherwise damaged) by an abusive spouse.

Hotline created to report abuse and illegal activities in sports
The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has created a sports integrity telephone hotline and a website to collect reports about actions ranging from doping to match fixing to sexual abuse. While the reporting tools are designed to work internationally, they have been officially launched in North America. (A “soft launch” is also underway in Qatar.)

Lawyers need to get comfortable with digital evidence
Even though technology is all around us — from cell phones to computers to always listening personal digital assistants in our homes — it doesn’t mean everybody has an equal understanding of how digital information is created and stored and accessed, and that includes lawyers.

Ontario laws governing dog bites, attacks are clear, and owners will be held liable
When bitten or attacked by a dog in Ontario, aside from first obtaining immediate medical attention, it’s important to identify and obtain the name of the dog owner, as well as the names and contact particulars of any witnesses. The details of the incident should be reported to the local health unit, animal control service and/or the police. The victim should take detailed photographs of the injuries and if possible, of the dog.

Robert Half expects litigation to offer most job opportunities in 2018
The most in-demand specialties after litigation (33 per cent) were general business and corporate law (22 per cent), real estate (11 per cent) and regulatory and compliance (eight per cent).

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer's Daily.