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Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

Courts Zoom ahead with remote hearings due to pandemic, despite concerns of some lawyers, litigants Roger Lafrenière

Citing the importance of preserving access to justice and the rule of law during the COVID-19 pandemic, courts up to the Supreme Court of Canada are pushing ahead with remote virtual hearings — notwithstanding privacy, procedural fairness and other objections raised by counsel and litigants in some cases. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 1:44 PM

Social media deep dive: Digital details socialmedia_conveyor_sm

An individual’s use of social media and their preferences for handling those accounts on incapacity and death will depend on how they used those social platforms while living. As we have explored in the first three articles in this series, this can get complicated for estate planners. Here are the final reasons why: ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

New managing partner for Bennett Jones in Toronto

Bennett Jones announced the appointment of Dominique Hussey to vice-chair and Toronto managing partner. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 2:51 PM

Federal Court of Appeal clarifies standard of review for Trademark Opposition Board appeals twoquestionmarks

In a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65, the court attempted to clarify and simplify the test for judicial review. Appeals from the Trademark Opposition Board (TMOB) come within the category of judicial review. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 2:35 PM

Sticks and stones | Bruce McDougall

Defamation law aims to balance freedom of speech with the damage to a person’s reputation that might arise from freely spoken but inaccurate or malicious communications. But it seems that the law protects only people who have enough fame to suffer if someone exposes it to damage, and in law, we measure fame with money. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

What’s in a domain name? @symbol

Domain names are the alpha numeric text strings to the right of the “@” in an e-mail address or immediately following the two slashes in a web address. By convention, the domain name specifies an Internet protocol (IP) number consisting of a network address and a host ID on a TCP/IP network. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

Pandemic data hubs and contractual, regulatory and ethical risks data_hub_sm

One thing that hasn’t suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic is the big data analytics market — a development, however, that comes with a host of intellectual property (IP) and other legal issues. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 9:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

Litigators’ champion celebrates five years at SCC, looks forward to five more years TLD Exclusive button

On a bench otherwise made up of ex-law deans, former senior civil servants and longtime judges, Justice Suzanne Côté’s unique brief, handed to her when she was appointed five years ago, requires her to convey the practising bar’s perspective to the Supreme Court of Canada, even when it sometimes takes her down solitary paths. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

PATENTS - Remedies - Damages - Compensatory

Appeal by the defendants from a Federal Court assessment of damages of $7,915,000 for patent infringement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Informed consumers in age of data loss Womanmagnifying

The implementation of mandatory data breach reporting has significantly changed the data privacy landscape for both businesses and consumers in the wake of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The law has led to an expected increase in the number of reported breaches, but it’s the scale and reach of these breaches that has consumers more keenly aware of how much data on them businesses have aggregated and what cyber criminals are willing to do to access to it. ... [read more]