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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 1:57 PM

Court rules Ontario is jurisdiction for case of alleged fraud against Saudi companies worth billions

Ontario is the correct jurisdiction for a case involving an alleged fraud involving billions of dollars from Saudi Arabian companies, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 12:15 PM

Fasken partner named fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

Fasken announced that Montreal lawyer Sébastien Richemont has been selected as a fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 12:09 PM

First Nations reach partial settlement with B.C., Ottawa over hydroelectric project

A British Columbia Indigenous community has negotiated a settlement with the province and federal government on a lawsuit over the controversial, multibillion-dollar Site C hydroelectric dam. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 8:02 AM

Office of B.C. Ombudsperson finding path | Jay Chalke

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released the summary of its final report in 2015, the commission chair, The Honourable Murray Sinclair, enjoined all Canadians to do the work of reconciliation with his formidable challenge: “We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you a path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” The release of the TRC report and his challenge coincided with the start of my first term as the ombudsperson of British Columbia and resonated powerfully with me. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 5:13 PM

Four judges among eight honoured by LSO with doctor of laws degrees

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced that it has honoured the following eight individuals with a degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa (LLD) at the Call to the Bar ceremonies held earlier this month: ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:48 PM

LSO issues call for comment on mandatory succession planning for licensees in private practice Jacqueline Horvat, LSO treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has amended commentary to the Rules of Professional Conduct to “provide licensees with guidance in respect of their obligations relating to technological competence” and has issued a call for comment on implementing a “mandatory succession planning requirement for licensees in private practice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:46 PM

Rouleau Inquiry gives standing to law groups, ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizers but not Conservative Party

The independent commission reviewing Ottawa’s declaration of a public order emergency during COVID-19 vaccine mandate protests last winter has granted standing to 20 of the 39 individuals and groups who asked to participate — including legal and civil liberties groups and “Freedom Convoy” organizers, but not to the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 12:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Conference continues celebration of federal courts’ golden anniversary Chief Justice Paul Crampton, Federal Court of Canada.

Speakers at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Canada’s federal courts noted the need to balance remote hearings versus in-person appearances, while stressing the importance of having bodies in the courtroom. The use of remote technology by the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic and the gradual return to in-person hearings was a key talking point on June 27, the first day of a delayed three-day symposium marking the golden anniversary of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

End of Roe: Glaring blight on judicial legitimacy, progressive democracy | Ryan Wozniak

The fight over abortion rights in the United States has always been far more political than legal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s scandal-ridden decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overrule Roe v. Wade was made not because of evolutions in the principles of constitutional interpretation or after careful judicial deliberation, but simply because one group of justices had secured more votes than the other. The court’s granting of certiorari in Dobbs was a Trojan Horse: once in the building, the new majority of highly conversative Trump-appointed justices could finally slay the beast they had been chasing for decades. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 5:09 PM

Ontario jury gives $1.5 million in largest known punitive damages award on record

A Toronto jury has given what is believed to be the largest punitive damages award to an individual plaintiff in Canada ever, following a five-week trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. ... [read more]