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NEW Good reason not to question complainant about allegations: Presser

TORONTO – Jian Ghomeshi's defence lawyer is grilling `` Trailer Park Boys '' actress Lucy DeCoutere about a series of emails and a raunchy photo she sent to the disgraced ... Read more

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Acquittal points to need for more concussion study

A case involving a former OHL player who appeared impaired at the scene of a crash, but was later acquitted because of a post-concussion disorder, demonstrates the importance of ... Read more

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Federal committee refusing to hear all sides in assisted dying law: Scher

A joint parliamentary committee on assisted suicide is refusing to hear from leading experts on the need for effective oversight to protect Canadians, says Toronto human ... Read more

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Charges stayed against Neuberger's client

A two-and-half-year odyssey through the criminal justice system came to an end for a father of two as the Crown stayed historical assault and sexual assault allegations just prior ... Read more

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Atticus Finch battles on

By AJ Jakubowska  Let's admit it: in the eyes of the public, lawyers in general are still in a tight competition with used car salesmen, at the bottom of the public opinion trough. I ... Read more

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BDO Canada LLP expanding litigation support services to lawyers

BDO , one of Canada’s largest accounting firms, provides litigation-support services, including ediscovery, to lawyers, says its valuations and litigation support ... Read more

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Detailed notes can be an executor's best friend

It can be overwhelming to be appointed as an executor as there are a number duties and responsibilities involved, says wills and estates lawyer and mediator Lynne Butler . ... Read more

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'Lost income' part of award payable to bankruptcy trustee

If a plaintiff is an undischarged bankrupt during a tort personal injury action, you will be required to obtain a release from their trustee in bankruptcy before disbursing ... Read more


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Expert evidence rules should be relaxed in summary judgment motions
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Courts should take a more liberal approach to the rules regarding submission of expert evidence on summary judgment motions so that parties aren't discouraged from using the ... Read more

Reform needed for use of 'chronic pain syndrome' in the legal context
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There are many misconceptions around the label “chronic pain syndrome” and it’s commonly being used inappropriately in the legal context of litigation and other ... Read more

Perjury charges for officers signals that no one above the law
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The fact that four Toronto police officers have been charged with obstruction of justice and perjury signals that no one is above the law and that allegations of misleading the ... Read more

Rigorous testing of evidence vital in sex assault trials
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Amid the onslaught of media coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi trial, there are already worrying signs that the public is being given the wrong impression of the process by which ... Read more

Bent calls for ‘hard look’ at auto insurance reforms at Queen’s Park
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Ontario’s auto insurance system is in crisis, London personal injury lawyer Maia Bent tells the London Free Press . “Coverage has been steadily eroded, ... Read more

Rare ruling focuses on maintaining values of adversarial system
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A recent Court of Appeal decision that found a motion judge had shown a reasonable apprehension of bias reinforces the court’s willingness and strong desire to assure ... Read more

Ghomeshi prosecutor fair, but not pushover
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Although not much is known about the prosecutor in the Jian Ghomeshi case, Toronto criminal lawyer Alison Mackay tells the Globe and Mail that Crown counsel Michael ... Read more

Decision creates bizarre scenario preventing fair dealing
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A recent Small Claims Court decision vindicates those who said the 2012 digital lock amendments to the Copyright Act were too broad, Toronto intellectual property lawyer ... Read more

No re-exam for first Ghomeshi complainant 'shocking:' Harnett
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The Crown attorney in the Jian Ghomeshi trial may have chosen not to re-examine the first witness because of inconsistencies with her testimony unveiled by the defence during a ... Read more

Lawyers await protocols for new SABS dispute resolution process (AIDRS)
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Ontario is ushering in a new regulatory regime for accident benefits disputes for motor vehicle accident claims as of April 1 and lawyers are waiting to see how ... Read more

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NEW Draft legislation introduced to amend Income Tax Act
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By Ian Hull  A couple of months ago, I blogged about a letter from the Department of Finance in which it addressed concerns regarding amendments to the Income Tax ... Read more

NEW Supreme Court rules on securities class action limitations
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By Brian Radnoff  In Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, 2015 SCC 60 ( Green ), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled on the limitation periods for securities class ... Read more

NEW Ontario’s proposed sexual harassment law
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By Doug MacLeod  On Oct. 27, 2015, the Ontario government tabled its Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Bill 132), which, among other things, amends ... Read more

Complainant's credibility under the microscope at Ghomeshi trial: Presser
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By Jill Presser  Defence counsel Marie Henein has embarked on a full-scale challenge to the first complainant’s credibility in the Jian Ghomeshi trial. She took the stand on day one ... Read more

Attorneyship, guardianship accounts and separating between capital and revenue transactions
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By Avi Dahary  Periodically, I am asked to comment on attorneyship or guardianship accounts that were prepared by someone else for court-passing and in some cases the first observation I have ... Read more

Henson trust – advantages and disadvantages
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By Ian Hull  The “Henson trust” is a type of trust often used in estate planning to deal with situations where there is a disabled beneficiary who is entitled to receive support ... Read more

Understanding the legal framework surrounding digital assets
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By Matthias Duensing  The CBC recently reported that Apple demanded that a 72-year-old Victoria widow obtain a court order to retrieve her deceased husband’s password for his Apple ID ... Read more

Discussion surrounding the legalization of marijuana
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By Richard J. Aitken  and Jordan Tekenos-Levy With a lengthy campaign promoting, amongst many things, the legalization of marijuana, Justin Trudeau is poised to make strides towards a ... Read more

File applications quickly to avoid losing patent rights
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By Aaron Edgar  In our last article, " Risky for lawyers to suggest clients wait to file patents ," we discussed the dangers of waiting to file for patent protection and how a “public ... Read more

Public awareness of police fallibility a defence game changer?
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By Jacob Stilman  Social media and smartphone technology have resulted in the rapid public dissemination of incidents of police misconduct and other law enforcement-related abuses. In ... Read more

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