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Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

DEFAMATION - Fair comment - Matters of public interest

Motion by the defendant B'nai Brith Canada for an order dismissing the plaintiff Lascaris’ libel action on the basis that it was a strategic lawsuit against public participation. ... [read more]

Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Access to Justice: How it’s looking on the ground | Thomas Cromwell

West Coast LEAF is a legal advocacy group whose mandate is to use the law to create an equal and just society for all women and people who experience gender-based discrimination. In other words, it is an organization dedicated to access to justice writ large. I was able to speak to Zahra Jimale, West Coast LEAF’s Director of Law Reform about its work, her conception of access to justice and, most importantly, how successful we’ve been in improving access to justice on the ground. Here is what she told me. ... [read more]

Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 2:53 PM

Bennett Jones partner named as fellow of international trial lawyers group

Bennett Jones LLP partner Munaf Mohamed was recently inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at the academy’s mid-year meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... [read more]

Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Ontario court’s upholding of an embryo as ‘property’ could impact future disputes, lawyer says Sara_Cohen_sm

An Ontario court awarding a woman an embryo as her “property” will add “another layer of complexity” to future cases involving consent contracts and their place in couples’ disputes over the ownership of such reproductive material, a lawyer says. ... [read more]

Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

B.C. Court of Appeal decision clears way for class action in diesel truck engine case Robert Anderson, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld the certification of a class action against a major car parts company relating to diesel truck it manufactured, a decision the lawyer for the plaintiffs is calling important in the evolving law surrounding certification for misrepresentation claims. ... [read more]

Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

Doctors’ names and OHIP billing not ‘personal information’, court rules Paul Schabas sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Divisional Court affirming orders from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPCO) that a physician’s name and dollar amounts billed under OHIP is not “personal information” and is therefore disclosable. Counsel for the affected third party doctors said they are considering seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 8:31 AM

DEFAMATION - Fair comment - Matters of public interest

Motion by the defendant B'nai Brith Canada for an order dismissing the plaintiff Lascaris’ libel action on the basis that it was a strategic lawsuit against public participation. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Discovery - Solicitor-client privilege

Appeal by the plaintiff from an order declaring that it had implicitly waived solicitor-client privilege over various subject areas central to the action and from an order denying the plaintiff the opportunity to cross-examine the deponent on an affidavit that was the foundation of the application to strike the pleadings for abuse of process. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

MUNICIPAL BOARDS AND TRIBUNALS - Jurisdiction

Motion by the plaintiff for leave to appeal an Ontario Municipal Board decision that it had jurisdiction to direct it to contribute to the maintenance of a haul route. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 1:53 PM

Saskatchewan law society honours two students with Award of Distinction

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is pleased to honour each of Zina L.B. Scott and Conor Holash with the Award of Distinction. ... [read more]