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Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Class action concerning ‘contaminated’ pork products is certified in Alberta

The Court of King’s Bench of Alberta has certified a class action against a farm store and Hutterite Colony after “contaminated” pork products allegedly led to multiple illnesses and one death. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 11:06 AM

Needed: More small-town lawyers | Neha Chugh

It was an average court appearance almost a decade ago, I was in the early stages of my new solo practice in Cornwall, Ont. I had gone to law school and articled in Toronto and spent the first two years of private practice in Ottawa. My spouse’s new job had taken me to Cornwall, nestled between Ottawa and Montreal, on the St. Lawrence River. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 9:50 AM

Let’s play Jeopardy: I’ll take ‘Expert in Ottawa’ for $300 | Murray Gottheil

When I practised law in Mississauga, Ont., our fees were cheap compared to the Toronto firms, and kind of expensive compared to firms in places like Guelph, Belleville and Kingston. I occasionally wondered whether my clients might prefer to deal with firms in smaller cities at lower rates. Then I would reassure myself that doing so would be terribly inconvenient for them and that they would rather pay more to deal with me. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 9:22 AM

CORPORATIONS - Liquidation and dissolution

Appeal by Hawley from a decision of a chambers judge refusing to convert Peterson’s petition for liquidation and disposition of the parties’ company under s. 324 of the British Columbia Business Corporations Act into a civil claim. The parties were brothers and equal shareholders of Value Equity. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 8:52 AM

Taking unfair advantage of Red Bull trademark Energy Drink

A decision of the U.K. High Court shows that a trademark owner can prevent a third party from taking unfair advantage of their trademark (Monster Energy Company v. Red Bull GmbH [2022] EWHC 2155 (Ch)). ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 5:24 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Yukon Court of Appeal finds ranchers’ claim of nuisance and negligence can proceed to trial

The Yukon Court of Appeal has ruled that a claim by ranchers against the government for negligence and nuisance caused by wild elk may proceed, finding that it was not “plain and obvious” that the appellants failed to establish any of the elements of negligence. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 4:12 PM

George Strathy: The exit interview TLD Exclusive

Ontario’s former chief justice’s parting words of wisdom to the profession are, by his own admission, not “original,” but nonetheless poignant: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” “I think, as a profession, we are hard on each other. Yes, we’re adversaries, but it’s one thing to advance the interests of your clients, and it’s another to be hard on your opponent,” explained George Strathy in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 3:35 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Investment regulator to hold hearing into settlement agreement with BMO Nesbitt Burns

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has set a hearing to consider whether it should accept a settlement agreement with BMO Nesbitt Burns. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 3:30 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Plaintiffs should not be found at fault for delay in defamation case: B.C. judge

A British Columbia Supreme Court justice has rejected an attempt to have a defamation action dismissed for want of prosecution, noting that delay in the case was not the fault of the plaintiffs, who had been misled by their former lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 1:28 PM

Registered charities: New ‘qualifying disbursements’ regime Hand holding money for charity

On June 23, 2022, Bill C-19, the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 received royal assent, ushering in significant changes with respect to how Canadian registered charities are permitted to use their resources: the new “qualifying disbursements” regime. ... [read more]