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

Friday, August 03, 2018 @ 2:14 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Self-driving shuttle pilot project raises privacy concerns
Self-driving buses may be the next part of Toronto’s transit structure as City Council has adopted a preliminary plan to launch an automated shuttle bus project in 2020. However, legal experts have a few concerns about the project’s plan to survey riders and share information with other municipal transportation organizations.

B.C. Law Society adopts Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan, commits to Indigenous representation on committees
The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has outlined what steps it plans to take over the next few years to change its relationship with Indigenous people in the province.

Decision in fracking suit shows importance of assessing general knowledge in patent cases: lawyer
A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that overturned a lower court patent infringement ruling is being called illustrative of how a mistake in determining the common general knowledge of a person of an ordinary skill of the art (POSITA) in patent cases can have a “cascading effect” on other parts of the decision.

In-house department growth requires sound ‘business case,’ legal expert says
Numbers: growing or creating an in-house legal department all comes down to the numbers on balance sheets, budgets and invoices, legal experts say. Of course, there’s more to it than that. Burgeoning in-house departments also need to find the right team members with the right skill sets who can balance business demands with legal knowledge, but without a solid economic reason why a department needs to grow (or even exist) odds are the expansion won’t receive a green light.

Province flexes its muscle by slashing Toronto City Council seats
In their column, John Mascarin and Monica Ciriello write: “The surprising and rather untimely move by the premier has stunned Toronto City Council and its electorate. If anything, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 manifests a clear demonstration of the broad authority the province has over its municipalities.”
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.