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Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 10:27 AM

Universities as state actors | Barry Bussey

Recently, the Alberta Court of Appeal made a momentous decision (UAlberta Pro-Life v. Governors of the University of Alberta 2020 ABCA 1) that the University of Alberta is subject to the Charter. Until now, public universities were thought to be private entities, not government actors. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

New corporate law partner for Beard Winter

Beard Winter LLP announced that Brandon D. Tigchelaar has joined the partnership. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 10:42 AM

Who’s afraid of big bad U.S. immigration policies? wolf_closeup_sm

The U.S. system of immigration is, right now, a story of well-intentioned players and the wolf lurking in the woods. While the media loves to focus on asylum and refugee issues, the impact of shifting U.S. immigration policies on businesses is being largely ignored on the pages of history. It’s a dangerous oversight, and one that will likely come back to bite the U.S. if policymakers are not savvy enough to see that their policies might devour what they love most — economic success and the country’s position as the home of some of the most successful businesses in the world. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

Ahead of the game: Singapore considers international arbitration appeals Singapore_skyline_sm

Speed and finality are touted as major benefits of arbitration as a method of resolving international commercial disputes. Provided the process is considered to be fair, parties are generally expected to assume the risk of an arbitrator making a mistake on the facts or the law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 3:09 PM

The dreaded prenuptial agreement: It’s the family’s business | Phil Kriszenfeld

The “prenup agreement” is one of the many uncomfortable topics that may (and should) be brought up before a family member gets married. Ideally it should be brought up before the ring is even purchased. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 12:37 PM

One new partner, one returning partner for Affleck Greene McMurtry

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP announced that Chris Somerville has joined the partnership and partner Kyle Peterson has returned to the firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 10:19 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

SCC’s Wagner, Moldaver and Martin key to majorities in 2019 as top court divides in most judgments TLD Exclusive

Justices Michael Moldaver and Sheilah Martin and Chief Justice Richard Wagner were at the core of most Supreme Court of Canada majorities in 2019, an analysis of the nine judges’ voting patterns by The Lawyer’s Daily reveals. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

Be mindful when breach of broker’s duties occurs Man with long nose dollar sign

A recent case from Alberta, Duraguard Fence Ltd. v. Badry 2019 ABQB 783, warns of the dangers of breaching broker duties when an insurance broker fails to consider the insured’s loss history and foreseeable claims while placing insurance coverage. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

New Toronto partners for Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright LLP announced the election of Philip Aubry, Tracy Bergeron and Sahar Cadili as new partners in the firm’s Toronto office, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]