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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 2:26 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

LSO debate on Statement of Principles pushed back till September 11 Malcolm Mercer sm

The debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), which was supposed to continue at a special Convocation in July, won’t be before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) until September, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

LCO makes 47 recommendations to reform Class Proceedings Act Nye Thomas sm

On July 17, the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released the first “independent” and “comprehensive” assessment of the province’s Class Proceedings Act in 27 years. The report makes 47 recommendations to reform the Act, including improving the speed and cost of class actions, effective scrutiny of counsel fees and settlements and streamlining certification. ... [read more]

Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

SCC could ‘abandon’ old case law on implied contracts, says lawyer Brian_Murphy_sm

An East Coast resident is looking towards Canada’s highest court after “antiquated” case law was used in deciding he had breached an implied contract with a company to develop his land for blueberry farming, says his lawyer. The June 25 Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal ruling involved Roger O’Neill and Kings County Construction Ltd. ... [read more]

Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 9:48 AM

Legal and communication teams: All together now | Wojtek Dabrowski

Every day inside large corporations, the legal and communications teams get in each other’s way. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 11:56 AM

Quebec Appeal Court partially overturns lower court ruling in Telus class action Bruce Johnston

Telus became the third Canadian telecommunications giant that has been compelled to pay clients who paid excessive cancellation fees after the Quebec Court of Appeal partially overturned a lower court decision that dismissed the class action. In a case that deals with contract for services, early cancellation fees, abusive clauses and the right of unilateral resiliation under the Civil Code of Quebec (CCQ), the Appeal Court held that Telus overcharged clients who were billed early cancellation fees ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 10:47 AM

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated for SCC brings strong expertise in class actions, family, civil law Nicholas Kasirer

Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Nicholas Kasirer, the former McGill University law dean nominated July 10 for the Supreme Court of Canada, professes a passionate commitment to bijuralism; strong expertise in class actions, family and the civil law; and an approach to judicial lawmaking that encompasses both boldness and caution. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 8:22 AM

Execution before judgment scales_justice_sm

It has long been the general rule in Canada that execution cannot be obtained prior to judgment and judgment cannot be recovered before trial. The term execution includes any order abrogating a defendant’s rights prior to a trial. Such orders, apart from certain exceptions, will not be granted. In a rare case, Falcon Motor Express Ltd v. Grewal, et al., 2019 ONSC 1529 (Falcon), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressed the difference between execution before judgment and an interim order under the oppression remedy s. 248 of the Ontario Business Corporations Act (OBCA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 4:26 PM

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated to replace Gascon on SCC

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on July 10 the nomination of the Honourable Nicholas Kasirer to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

Marriage of Big Law and alternative legal services electronic_legal_sm

If you can’t beat them, join them. Or better still, have them join you. Is that, perchance, the evasive formula for satisfying the ever-more complex expectations that clients and in-house counsel have of their law firms? ... [read more]

Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

B.C. implements labour-friendly changes to the Labour Relations Code Groupofworkerslight

On Feb. 6, 2018, British Columbia’s minister of Labour appointed a panel to review, and provide recommendations for amending the Labour Relations Code. The review panel was directed to conduct public consultations, consider recent labour law developments and to assess labour issues in the context of “a growing, sustainable economy with fair laws for workers and businesses.” ... [read more]