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Supreme Court awards driver damages in claim against insurer

The reverberations of a Supreme Court of Canada decision to award a Nova Scotia man damages in a claim against his insurance company will likely be felt in courtrooms across the ... Read more

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Surveillance a reality in most personal injury cases: Paciocco

A sudden feeling of being followed or watched may not be paranoia for injured people fighting insurance cases, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco . ... Read more

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Don't expect a windfall from a defamation action

Former war reporter Peter Kent’s $250,000 legal cost award is a reminder that plaintiffs should never enter defamation actions in hopes of a big payday, says Toronto ... Read more

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New Brunswick lawyer remembered for contributions to profession

Long-time New Brunswick lawyer Tom Drummie is being remembered as a “legal giant” and devoted father, reports the Telegraph-Journal . A partner at several ... Read more

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Preliminary inquiry not like an ‘optional car feature’

Before any decisions are made about abolishing – or limiting – the preliminary inquiry in Canada, there should be careful research and consideration of the issues, ... Read more

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Personal injury work revs Bennett's engine

In his early days of practice, Kitchener civil litigator Graham Bennett cut his teeth in northern Ontario’s criminal and civil courts. “It was a great ... Read more

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Fairness, co-operation key in 'grey divorce'

Statistics show divorce is on the rise amongst older Canadians, and Toronto family lawyer Rick Peticca tells CTV News and BNN that he advises established couples who ... Read more

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The effect of top-performing lawyers leaving a firm

Although new U.S. research suggests it’s healthy for companies and law firms to allow top performers to move on, Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman tells The ... Read more

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Ask a lawyer: when should I go to small claims court?

By Timothy N. Sullivan The Small Claims Court jurisdiction permits cases of a total amount value of $25,000 plus interest, plus costs. (This value was raised from $10,000 in 2010 in an effort to move ... Read more


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More police accountability needed after SIU probes
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It’s troubling that Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has highlighted new cases that involve problematic officer conduct by the Toronto police and that ... Read more

Paralegals should handle less complex family matters
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Allowing paralegals to take on simple divorce and custody cases is a smart way to reduce pressure on the family courts, says Toronto family lawyer Usman Sadiq . The cost of ... Read more

Canadian man charged in Yahoo hacking case likely to get bail
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A Canadian man charged in connection with the massive hack of Yahoo will most likely get bail as authorities in the United States take steps to extradite him, Toronto criminal ... Read more

The perils of rushing to buy in a new development
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Anyone considering buying a home in a new development should know what’s at stake when they rush to sign a purchase agreement, says Ottawa real estate lawyer Tanya ... Read more

Mortgage insurance versus term life insurance from CBIA
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Lawyers looking to insure the investment in their homes may find life insurance a cheaper and more flexible option than the more traditional mortgage insurance, ... Read more

Outlook good for rights holders seeking trademark injunctions
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The bar for achieving an interlocutory injunction in trademark infringement matters may be coming down, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells The Lawyers ... Read more

B.C. campaign finance reform needs improvement
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B.C.’s underwhelming campaign finance bill is unlikely to have a big effect without capturing big business and union donations, Winnipeg corporate lawyer Rana Bokhari ... Read more

Case shows ground water damage not always excluded from coverage
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Not all insurance policies exclude coverage for the flooding of a property from the outside, as demonstrated by a recent case in which a client of Huntsville ... Read more

Termination clauses must reflect human impact of work on one's life
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Employment contracts must recognize the fundamental aspect a person’s work has on their life — and the trauma that can accompany termination, says Toronto employment ... Read more

Auto insurance upgrades worth the cost: Mahabir
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Ontarians shouldn’t think twice about upgrading their auto insurance after cuts to coverage levels, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jessica B. Mahabir . Mahabir, a ... Read more

Treating substance abuse as a disability could do more harm
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Growing legal pressure on employers to treat substance abuse as a disability could do more harm than good by devaluing the role that free will plays in overcoming addiction, says ... Read more

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AML compliance: some perspective about Manulife
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By J. Bruce McMeekin I have been reading with interest the press reports criticizing FINTRAC for its decision in 2016 to publish, anonymously, the $1.15 million in administrative penalties levied ... Read more

Questions about becoming a surety
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By Melissa McCormick Getting a phone call from the police telling you that your loved one has been arrested is one of the scariest things that can happen to you. You immediately go into panic mode ... Read more

How to respond to requests for family status accommodation
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By Doug MacLeod Because of changes in demographics and other reasons, employees are increasingly asking for changed work schedules or time off work to care for children and elderly parents. ... Read more

Heirs fighting over estate of famous harpist
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By Charles Ticker A recent story from London, England is a great example of a will challenge caused by a beneficiary being disinherited. The dispute involves the heirs of Jack ... Read more

Health professionals must exercise caution in legal proceedings
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By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine The decision of JK v. BJH 2016 CanLII 85163 (ON HPARB) reminds health professionals to be very careful when preparing affidavits for use in legal proceedings in ... Read more

Who owns what when (or bona fide purchaser without notice)
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By Inga Andriessen Occasionally this blog draws on recent cases in the firm and this blog is one of them. A fraudster provided a fake cheque as form of payment for a piece of equipment and the ... Read more

What FHT board members need to know about risk, statutory compliance
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By Kate Dewhirst Hello? Are you still there? This is not the most exciting topic in the universe – I know. But, it is really important. Risks There are six types of risk you ... Read more

Pull out your calculator: presentence custody and enhanced credit
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By Karri-Lynn Hennebury It happens almost every week. I talk to a client who has talked to someone else, who heard from their best friend’s neighbour’s uncle’s friend in law school ... Read more

Latest IBM notice case sets clear rules on calculating damages
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By Barry B. Fisher In Patterson v. IBM (2017 CarswellOnt 2625) Justice Dunphy determined the appropriate notice period for a 67-year-old Band 6 IT specialist with 22 years’ service making ... Read more

The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part III
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By Avi Dahary Taking inventory of estate assets In part two of this series, I explored the initial steps one needs to take when they are named an executor in a deceased’s ... Read more

Court of Appeal releases important decision on jurisdiction
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By Michael Lesage Recently, the Court of Appeal released an important decision governing which class actions may properly be brought in Ontario courts. In Excalibur Special Opportunities ... Read more

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