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Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Transferring tax debt between parties Man_examining_electronic_receipt

On Jan. 10, the Tax Court of Canada handed down a decision in the appeal Scott v. Canada 2020 TCC 4. This has some interesting comments on issues that affect our clients every day. ... [read more]

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 12:53 PM

Franchise litigation preliminary checklist checklist_litigation_sm

Here is a basic preliminary checklist for litigation counsel involved in a franchise dispute, whether representing franchisor or franchisee. ... [read more]

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

MLT Aikins partner named Court of Queen’s Bench judge

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Feb. 6 that Theodor Bock, partner at MLT Aikins in Winnipeg, is appointed a puisne judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

Social media effect: How online behaviour is changing face of disability litigation Social media icons

Within the landscape of long-term disability and personal injury litigation, the concept of surveillance has become an ever evolving, and at times divisive, issue. A recent Court of Appeal decision, described further down, provides a helpful road map when it comes to the use of surveillance and social media at trial. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 2:17 PM

Group hopes French courses for lawyers, judges can boost access to justice in Saskatchewan

In a bid to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan’s French speakers, a small group of legal professionals in that province continues to offer lawyers a credit course in that language. The French-Speaking Jurists Association of Saskatchewan (AJEFS) is now heading into its fifth year of providing lawyers with a French course, along with a chance for participants to practise their language skills with others already proficient. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Robot justice: China’s use of Internet courts Robotscales

Would it scare you if I said that China has been doing this since 2017? In December 2019, China has announced that millions of legal cases are now being decided by “Internet courts” that do not require citizens to appear in court. The “smart court” includes non-human judges, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and allows participants to register their cases online and resolve their matters via a digital court hearing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From bankruptcy to beer top_ten_sm

To kick off the new year right, here is a listing of the Top 10 business decisions in Canada for 2019. The listing will be in the form of a two-part series, which begins below with numbers 6-10, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 6:25 AM


Appeal by the defendant, St. Joseph Communications (St. Joseph), from summary judgment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Striking claims against insurance adjusters Disability claim form

In the recent decision of Burns v. RBC Life Insurance Co. 2019 ONSC 6977, Justice Paul Perell dismissed a claim against employees of RBC that were involved in handling the denial of the plaintiff’s disability claim. The case provides insight regarding when a claim against an insurance adjuster may be struck on a Rule 21 motion for failing to disclose a reasonable cause of action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

Four judicial appointments announced for Ontario

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced four judicial appointments in Ontario.  ... [read more]