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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

The current mess of class action carriage motions | Julius Melnitzer

So, Justice Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice believes that law firms seeking carriage of a class action should hire independent counsel to argue carriage motions. Why? ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

Family law report shows marked contrast in adversarial and non-adversarial processes | John-Paul Boyd

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family has just released a new report comparing the expense, efficiency and efficacy of different resolution processes in family law disputes. The study was undertaken with the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, as a part of the forum’s seven-year Cost of Justice project, and examined the views of 166 lawyers practising in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia on collaborative negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Insurance know-how vital for plaintiff’s lawyer toolkit | Sandra Kovacs

To fully advocate for an injured plaintiff it is essential to have at least a basic understanding of how the insurance world works, first because the availability of insurance proceeds to satisfy any judgment or settlement is usually imperative, but also because there may be a tangled web of insurance responding on behalf of the defendant or defendants that can inform one’s strategy to maximize a client’s recovery. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Wellness: Five ways to reduce stress and boost practice profits | Darryl Singer

Let’s talk workflow (or work-in-process, WIP), money and your stress. Guess what? The three are linked. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Canada’s criminalization of the Indigenous tobacco trade | Pamela Palmater

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims that there is no more important relationship than the one with Indigenous peoples and committed to a renewed Nation to Nation relationship based on respect for Indigenous rights. This is a significant commitment from the Liberal government, as Harper passed numerous laws impacting Indigenous rights – without complying with the legal duty to consult, accommodate and obtain the consent of First Nations. One bill which attracted a great deal of resistance was Bill C-10 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco). ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

New rules needed for partisan doctors | Patrick Brown

“First, do no harm”, one of the many promises within the Hippocratic Oath that is taken by medical students prior to beginning their practice. In personal injury cases, doctors are constantly consulted to provide opinions as to the extent of a person’s injuries. So what happens when doctors and medical professionals deviate from their duty to provide opinions that are fair, objective and non-partisan? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Second-generation Canadian immigrants outearn their parents | Colin Singer

Second-generation Canadian immigrants have higher income levels than their parents, according to a new study based on the 2016 census. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Solicitor-client privilege could be next victim of the Panama Papers | Julius Melnitzer

Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, is closing its doors at the end of March. But its legacy, a full-frontal attack on lawyers, looms large. ... [read more]

Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Bill C-46 is constitutional and should be passed by the Senate | Marc Gold

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is studying Bill C-46, the government’s proposed changes to the Criminal Code provisions dealing with impaired driving. As a member of that committee, and as a law professor specializing in constitutional law, civil liberties and the law of evidence, I read with interest the March 7 article by Cristin Schmitz in which several of my colleagues on the committee, including the chair, pronounced on the constitutionality of the bill. Despite my respect for my colleagues’ opinions and expertise, I believe their conclusions to be premature, potentially misleading and, in my opinion, wrong in law. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Hi-Tech: Speed of light document analysis | Luigi Benetton

Software developers have been automating low-level document review decision-making for years. That automation helps lawyers zero-in on relevant language faster. The end game? Faster review speeds can result in lower costs for clients and improved competitiveness for lawyers. ... [read more]