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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]

Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Quebec to increase immigration levels after promised cuts | Colin Singer

Quebec’s provincial government has announced plans for immigration levels to increase every year for the next three years. By 2022, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) plans to increase annual Quebec immigration to above 50,000 under all categories. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

France prohibits case analysis using deep learning Gears inside head

Algorithms can rewrite themselves through a process called deep learning. Our limited ability to fully understand and control how deep learning algorithms function have led some jurisdictions to consider how to limit the use of new artificial intelligence technologies. Last month, France amended Article 33 of the Justice Reform Act, making it illegal to use a judge’s name for the purpose or effect of evaluating, analyzing, comparing or predicting his or her professional behaviour. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

Wrongful dismissal update: Aggravated damages are aggravating employers frustratedmansitting.jpg

Increasingly, plaintiff counsel in wrongful dismissal actions are claiming aggravated damages for an employer’s failure to act in good faith. These damages can relate to an employer’s pre-termination or post-termination conduct. This development is significant in the evolution in the law of wrongful dismissal. ... [read more]