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

Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 3:34 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Stressed employees at CBA’s Ottawa office move to unionize the 122-year-old national organization
The Lawyer’s Daily has learned that workers at the national headquarters of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) in Ottawa have filed an application to unionize — triggered, in part, some say, by stressful working conditions flowing from months of uncertainty around anticipated job cuts; unreasonable and unfair workloads arising from the resulting multiple staff departures; and the CBA leadership’s alleged failure to adequately consult — and communicate — with a cadre of mostly longtime dedicated employees about the organization’s restructuring and downsizing plans.

SCC fractures over forum non conveniens in multijurisdictional Internet libel case
The Supreme Court of Canada has splintered over the private international law principles applicable to the issues of jurisdiction, forum non conveniens and choice of law in the context of a multijurisdictional Internet libel case — with most of its judges declining to substantially reform the usual rules Canadian courts apply in deciding whether to assume and exercise jurisdiction in cross-border legal disputes.

Supreme Court declines to hold rioters solidarily liable for damaging police cars
The Supreme Court has shed light on when solidary liability attaches to wrongful acts under the Civil Code of Québec (CCQ) in a decision which holds 6-1 that rioters who contributed to damaging municipal police cars during a 2008 Montreal hockey riot can only be held liable for the specific damage each caused to a given car, and not for the total damages caused by all the rioters in respect of that car.

Like it or not, plea deals necessary for Canada’s justice system, says legal scholar
Plea bargaining is a far-from-perfect path to resolution, but is an essential pressure valve for Canada’s resource-strapped justice system, says a legal scholar.

Groia: Civility important but doesn’t trump full criminal defence
In his column, Richard Pound writes: “The takeaway in this case is the court’s recognition that civility, while important, cannot be invoked in a manner that may impede a lawyer from fulfilling the overriding duty to do whatever is necessary to ensure that a client has a full and complete defence to charges, especially those that may affect the client’s liberty.”

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