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Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

B.C. legal community questions changes to ICBC policy limiting number of expert witnesses Scott Stanley, Murphy Battista LLP

The B.C. government is moving to change court rules to limit the number of expert witnesses in motor vehicle cases, but the move is being condemned by some in the legal community, who say it will restrict the rights of individual British Columbians. The amendments to the B.C. Supreme Court Civil Rules Regulation, revealed Feb. 11, will limit the number of experts and expert reports permitted to address the issue of damages, such as wage loss, future wage loss and future care that can be used by each side of a motor vehicle dispute. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Pleadings - Discovery - Production and inspection of documents

Appeal by the husband from an order striking his pleadings in the parties’ family law proceedings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Quebec Appeal Court assigns damages for failure to inform Missingpuzzlepiece

In Monarque du Richelieu Inc. v. Boisé Richelieu Inc. 2018 QCCA 2168, the Quebec Appeal Court reversed a trial decision and ordered corporate vendors and their executive to pay damages to the purchaser for failure to volunteer information affecting lands adjacent to those purchased which would have affected the buyer’s negotiations and consent to contract. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Chief Justice Wagner, I can’t afford to help my community | Elsa Ascencio

Recently Chief Justice Richard Wagner granted an interview to The Lawyer’s Daily. The headline read, “Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

CONFLICTS BY LEGAL AREA - Law of the place of the tort - Exceptions

Appeal by the plaintiffs from the striking out of their proposed class action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 12:35 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:12 PM

Wilson-Raybould quits cabinet, hires ex-SCC judge to advise on what she can ‘legally’ say about SNC-Lavalin Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ex-Attorney General of Canada and former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has quit the federal cabinet, saying she has hired former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on what she “is legally permitted to discuss” publicly about The Globe and Mail’s allegation that officials in the Prime Minister’s Office exerted “heavy pressure” on her to press the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to abandon its criminal bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a deferred prosecution agreement that would not trigger criminal consequences for the Montreal-based global engineering and construction giant. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

Federal Court of Appeal jurist David Stratas cautions against statutory interpretation that ‘goes off the rails’ Justice David Stratas sm

Justice David Stratas, of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, tackled the question “judges interpreting laws: do the words matter anymore?” in conversation with Asher Honickman, a partner at Matthews Abogado LLP, as part of a keynote address at the Runnymede Society’s Law & Freedom Conference 2019. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Deadline nears for input into Ontario auto insurance review ambulancecarcrash

On Jan. 9, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Finance in a news release titled “Reforming Auto Insurance for the People” announced it was reviewing auto insurance so as to “make auto insurance more affordable.” Consumers and insurers were invited to share their views here, something I encourage everyone to do. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Lenczner Slaght hires new counsel

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP announced that Amanda Smallwood has joined the firm as counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Top judge says judicial independence requires that SCC, other courts control their own budgets Exclusive

All courts should be able to control their own budgets, Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner tells The Lawyer’s Daily in the most forceful and clear expression yet of the judicial branch’s resolve to obtain more financial and administrative independence from the other two branches of government. ... [read more]