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Because you can never have too much jail ...

By Jacob Stilman  How appropriate that the Super Bowl is coming up. Once again, like a well-practiced football team, the Conservative government is breaking out its playbook and going with its ... Read more

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Seven seconds cost Quebecer $13.5 million as Supreme Court rejects lottery case

MONTREAL – A lot can happen in seven seconds. Just ask the Quebec man who says that brief period cost him $13.5 million. Joel Ifergan bought two lottery tickets in May ... Read more

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Ruling highlights importance of forum selection clauses

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has stayed a proceeding on the basis that the action should be heard in British Columbia in a ruling that stresses the importance of forum ... Read more

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Glaxo case settles, but earlier ruling gives multinationals pricing flexibility

Although the Tax Court of Canada will not have a chance to reconsider the transfer pricing issue in Canada v. GlaxoSmithKline Inc . , the Supreme Court of Canada’s ... Read more

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Recent FCA tax ruling reaffirms Sommerer decision

The Federal Court of Appeal has recently made it clear that its 2012 decision in Canada v. Sommerer is correct and subsection 75(2) of the Income Tax Act does not apply to ... Read more


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NEW Rule change may mean simpler files will drag on
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Toronto civil litigator Kevin D. Toyne tells Law Times that the extended time frame for setting an action down for trial may be good in complex matters, but simpler ... Read more

NEW Strategies for dealing with clients with weak or hopeless cases
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In the often highly emotional area of trusts and estates, it’s not uncommon to encounter potential clients who may want to bring forward litigation with little to no merit, ... Read more

Mexico surrogate case points to need for legal clarity in Canada
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The difficulties facing a British Columbia couple who are now fighting to bring home their premature twin babies they welcomed by surrogate in Mexico is a reminder of the need for ... Read more

Parole changes a flawed, cynical political move
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Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen says the Conservative government’s plan to remove the possibility of parole for some murderers doesn’t take into account any ... Read more

Case is a cautionary tale against summary judgments
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Toronto civil litigator Patrick Summers says a recent decision raises tactical questions around bringing motions for summary judgments. In Zhu v. Matadar , 2015 ONSC ... Read more

Wrongful dismissal, human rights damages awarded
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A recent Superior Court ruling where an employee represented by Toronto lawyer Michael Wright was awarded both wrongful dismissal and human rights damages awards ... Read more

Proposed federal law to remove parole for some inmates illogical
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The Conservative government’s planned legislation that would mean no parole eligibility for some inmates is problematic and doesn’t take into account recidivism rates ... Read more

Popovic-Montag shares passion for estate litigation and mediation
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Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag ’s passion for law was cultivated at a young age and she has not wavered from her career choice since. "When I ... Read more

Women to launch law firms in 'droves' in 2015
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In the last year, an increasing number of female lawyers have been going out on their own and creating practices and firms, lawyer coach Gary Mitchell writes in Lawyers Weekly ... Read more

Using humour to your advantage
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While many lawyer jokes leave a lot to be desired, humour can be a way to break ice with clients or reduce tension in a courtroom, Toronto personal injury lawyer Mark MacNeill ... Read more

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Getting a head start – estate planning tips for young families
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By Mary Wahbi and Seher Goderya Starting a new family is exciting but taking on new responsibilities can be overwhelming for young parents. As with any ... Read more

Mandatory minimum sentence avoided after police violate Charter rights
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By John Navarrete  Some criminal charges result in mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction. For example, a person accused of Internet luring, which usually involves use of the Internet to ... Read more

Workplace fatalities lead to fines, jail time for directors
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By J. Bruce McMeekin  In the first two weeks of 2015 the Ontario courts have levied a total $985,000 in fines and ordered 50 days of jail time in relation to four separate prosecutions wherein OHSA ... Read more

Fixed-term contracts: What happens when they end?
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By Nicole Simes  In a recent decision , an employee attempted to prove that he had a five-year fixed term contract with his employer. While the court ultimately found that he did ... Read more

What is the 'greying' of the bar and why is it relevant?
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By Steven Benmor  In Ontario, 41 per cent of practising lawyers are more than 50 years old; 34 per cent are sole practitioners; and 29 per cent work in firms of two to 10 lawyers. ... Read more

File your estate information return on time
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By Josh Eisen  Under the new regulation to the Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998 (the “EATA“), effective Jan. 1, 2015, estate trustees applying for ... Read more

In-house counsel can virtually observe trials, discoveries or depositions
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By Kimberley Neeson  Over the last decade, in-house and general counsel have been taking on a more active role of managing litigation – from setting budgets, to the careful selection of a ... Read more

The cost of enforcing a judgment in Ontario
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By Inga Andriessen  An interesting Ontario Court of Appeal decision was released on Dec. 9, 2014 that impacts the costs of anyone trying to enforce a judgment in the province of Ontario by selling ... Read more

Extra-curricular activities when parents are separated
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By Cathryn Paul  Although they recognize the benefits for kids, parents can sometimes feel that their lives are dictated by children’s extra-curricular activities. Dance classes, hockey ... Read more

How we helped an established firm reclaim its rightful reputation
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By Jana Schilder  Public relations has four goals: 1) to establish, 2) to promote, 3) to protect and sometimes 4) to salvage the reputation of a firm or company. But sometimes, no crisis is ... Read more

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