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Oral loan deal costs ex-lawyer $2M

A $2-million judgment against a former Toronto lawyer shows the dangers of accepting loans from clients, Hamilton commercial litigation lawyer  Mark Abradjian tells  ... Read more

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Disproportionate litigation not in the public interest

A recent seven day small claims trial plus an appeal to the Divisional Court over a $10,000.00 dispute is an example of a waste of judicial resources, says Toronto ... Read more

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Recommendations aim to modernize NAFTA: Dale

Toronto litigator  Laurelly Dale says renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an opportunity to address corruption and corporate social ... Read more

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Nurse's discipline hearing got ahead of a 'political hot potato'

It’s not surprising that Ontario’s nursing regulator recently held a disciplinary hearing for a nurse, even though she has resigned from the profession and is serving ... Read more

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Good service means being available and responsive: Donich

A busy day is a good day for Toronto criminal lawyer Jordan Donich . “When I’m not busy I feel like I’m slowly dying,” says Donich, principal of ... Read more

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Social media not so private in personal injury litigation

Personal injury litigants should be prepared to open up their social media profiles to scrutiny from defendants, Kitchener litigation lawyer  Graham Bennett  tells  ... Read more

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Lower injury threshold needed to trigger police oversight: O'Connor

"Bodily harm" injuries caused to civilians by police should automatically trigger an independent probe instead of the current system where only those deemed "serious" are reported ... Read more

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Leasing extra office space provides flexibility for law firm

Even when a law firm no longer needs a large office, leasing the extra space may prove to be a better option than moving to a new building, Toronto civil litigator  Natalie ... Read more

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Second time might be the charm for challenge of panhandling law: Mandin

A recently launched constitutional challenge to Ontario’s panhandling law has a better chance of success than a failed attempt more than a decade ago, says Toronto civil ... Read more

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Preserving electronic evidence with Anton Piller orders is on the rise

Anton Piller orders – once regarded as an extreme measure to be rarely used – have grown in recent years, particularly in intellectual property and trade secret ... Read more

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Math studies give Toronto litigator a logical, analytical edge

When Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells people his first university degree was in math, most are surprised and curious as to how that prepared him for a career in law. As ... Read more

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Clients get substance, not flash, with Vickerman as their advocate

If she were independently wealthy, Toronto litigator Jessica Vickerman would likely be a lifelong student, following her wide-ranging curiosity from subject to subject. ... Read more

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Landlords cannot charge potential renters for application

Some Toronto landlords may be taking advantage of desperate renters by illegally charging money just to apply for an apartment, says Toronto civil litigator  Patricia ... Read more

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Language matters when drafting releases

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision serves to remind litigators that when it comes to releases, precedents are dangerous and words matter, Toronto civil litigators  ... Read more

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Look to arbitration, case management to address civil trial delays

In Ontario, the availability of dates for civil trials of any complexity is in a crisis state — but as Toronto lawyer and arbitrator  Earl Cherniak writes in The ... Read more

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Best examination for discovery tips for my clients

By Michael Lesage Examinations for discovery (also sometimes referred to as depositions) are arguably the most important step in many lawsuits. It is the one opportunity (in ... Read more

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Rare decision won't open legal floodgates: Shekter

Just because things go wrong during surgery doesn’t mean you can sue a doctor for negligence, says Toronto litigator  Richard Shekter .  Not even if you wake up ... Read more

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Anti-SLAPP legislation needed to avoid David v. Goliath cases

Anti-SLAPP legislation could help avoid David and Goliath court battles like one currently before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, says Fredericton litigator  ... Read more

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Two-year wait doesn't necessarily kill claims

Accident victims who discover the full extent of their injuries after the two-year deadline for civil actions could still have a claim, Kitchener litigation lawyer Graham ... Read more

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Who keeps the ring after an engagement ends?

The question of who gets to keep the ring when an engagement ends before marriage comes down to who broke it off, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. “If ... Read more

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