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Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 6:34 AM

PROPERTY INSURANCE - Household or homeowner’s policies

Appeal by the insurer from a decision that found the respondent’s claim for property damage was covered by her home insurance policy with the appellant. Heavy rainfall caused damage to the respondent’s backyard. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

Personal injury appeal clarifies tax treatment for assignment of future benefits, says lawyer Joseph Y. Obagi, partner, Connolly Obagi LLP, Ottawa

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in a personal injury case breaks new ground on the taxation of future benefits and confirms that successful plaintiffs should receive full compensation for their injuries, says one of the lawyers involved. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 2:52 PM

You say iguana, I say croissant, let’s call 911 | Marcel Strigberger

As Little Buttercup said in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. “Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream.” Ain’t it the truth. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Documentary production requirements Two men shaking hands over house  deal

At first blush, attending a hearing of necessity and arguing against the government’s right to expropriate your land does not seem like a good idea. After all, previous articles in this series have addressed the difficulty associated with getting an inquiry officer to agree that one’s alternative expropriation plan is “preferable.” In order to provide sufficient evidence to obtain a favourable decision, you may need to pay for your own expert witnesses to testify and submit reports. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 6:20 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Accident benefits

Application by the defendants to deduct $165,801 in statutory benefits from the cost of future care award granted to the plaintiff in her personal injury actions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

The budget and base erosion and profit shifting: How it will affect practice of law Map of the word made of coins

Canada has been an active participant in the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and has generally supported the BEPS Action Plan. Canada has already adopted a number of the proposals from the BEPS project. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 1:59 PM

Engineering firm launches construction claims group

Haag Canada, a multidisciplinary forensic engineering consulting firm specializing in large, complex loss, announced the launch of its construction claims group. The new team will provide a full service offering to Canadian insurance and legal communities. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 1:09 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Admissions, cross-examinations Businessmen shaking hands

“If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it — often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Cops coming your way? Relax, we’ve got you COVID | Marcel Strigberger

Can I enter my law office during this stay-at-home order period? Many lawyers are concerned, asking what if the police show up? Certainly on the face of it, the government is sending a message prohibiting attendance, or putting it bluntly in the words of Yosemite Sam: BACK OFF! ... [read more]