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NEW Lawsuit over solitary confinement in Ontario jails certified as class action

TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government violated the rights of inmates by placing them inappropriately in solitary confinement can proceed as a class action, a ... Read more

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NEW B.C. judge tiptoes through divorce assets of decades long cannabis grow op

VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has been placed in the difficult position of dividing assets in a divorce when the couple's "family business" for over two ... Read more

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NEW GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

WASHINGTON — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic ... Read more

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Radnoff: OCA's anti-SLAPP guidance helpful to a limited extent

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decisions in six cases related to the Protection of Public Participation Act highlight that plaintiffs must approach anti-SLAPP motions ... Read more

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Appeal court judgment good news for auditors

A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal makes it more difficult for auditors and other professionals to be sued by individuals who were not their clients, says Toronto ... Read more

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Parents have an obligation to financially support the children

Divorced parents are required to maintain a consistent level of income to support the family and could face financial consequences if a court finds that either party is ... Read more

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How many hats does your health organization wear?

When Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst advises organizations on how to protect themselves from legal risks, she often finds herself talking about hats — and occasionally ... Read more

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Investment in legal advice pays off for landlords, tenants

Landlords and tenants should resist the temptation to go it alone when they encounter legal troubles, Toronto landlord/tenant lawyer Caryma Sa’d tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Family home is an emotional asset in a volatile market

Splitting the matrimonial home upon separation is an emotional task at the best of times but can be downright dreadful in today’s real estate landscape, Toronto family ... Read more

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Why busy law practices need a business lawyer

Incorporation, employment concerns and lease agreements are issues that inevitably come up for lawyers running their own firms — but unless you practise business law, it is ... Read more

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Collecting, preserving digital evidence can make or break a case: Plaxton

Experience counts when dealing with crucial video evidence says Crystal Beach, Ont. forensic video analyst Michael Plaxton — a member of an elite crowd of only 57 forensic ... Read more

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Temporary layoff law widely misunderstood

Many businesses and their employees have a poor understanding of Ontario’s temporary layoff laws, Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman tells ... Read more

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SCC clarification hoped for in medical malpractice case

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling provides some guidance for malpractice cases when a number of people are responsible for causing a problem and allows a way for the case ... Read more


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NEW Top court clears way for suing police; men waited until criminal charges over
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TORONTO — Canada's top court has paved the way for a pair of separate civil lawsuits to proceed by affirming earlier rulings that two men alleging police assaulted them were ... Read more

Decision: better compensation for public health insurers in class actions
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A recent Saskatchewan court decision is significantly improving the way public health insurers are compensated in class-action lawsuits, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret ... Read more

Supreme Court sends strong message to vigilantes
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The Supreme Court of Canada has taken a strong stance against vigilante justice, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel, an associate with Hicks Adams LLP . In reviewing ... Read more

Proving intentional underemployment a tough task
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Pursuing an ex-partner for intentional underemployment is not always worth the hassle and expense, Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman tells AdvocateDaily.com . Gelman, ... Read more

Shifting to cloud saves time, adds efficiency for family lawyers
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Having support calculations available on a cloud computing platform will provide family law practitioners with the flexibility and mobility they need in today’s fast-paced ... Read more

Employment law gives Marshall an outlet for advocacy passion
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Long before entering the legal profession, Toronto employment lawyer Kathryn Marshall was passionate about advocacy. “I was definitely one of those students who were ... Read more

Preparation for LSO audit should happen long before notice given
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If law firms take a proactive approach to record-keeping protocols, a Law Society of Ontario (LSO) spot audit will be much less disruptive and stressful, Toronto legal ... Read more

Lawyers Financial dispels myths about insurance
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The best way to dispel myths and inaccuracies about insurance and financial planning is to speak to an advisor, says Dawn Marchand , interim CEO and president of Toronto-based ... Read more

Embracing financial empowerment after divorce
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In part two of a four-part series, Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend explores strategies to help newly single people get a handle on their ... Read more

Best timing for mediation varies by case: Rudner
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The best time for mediation in an employment dispute depends on the circumstances of the case, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com , ... Read more

SullivanLaw adds new associate
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SullivanLaw is pleased to announce that Emily Murray has joined the firm as an associate, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy N. Sullivan tells ... Read more

If the shoe doesn't fit ... you must acquit
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A man has been acquitted of three robberies after Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith argued that the similarity between his client’s shoes and the ... Read more

Legal disputes over lottery wins are becoming more common: O'Connor
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It was a good move for a Nova Scotia woman to settle a lawsuit she launched against her nephew to recover half of a $1.2-million lottery-ticket win that was awarded to him because ... Read more

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NEW Does your estate plan need a touch up?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag If you have a will, you’re one of a minority of Canadians who have taken that crucial step in the estate planning process. A recent survey revealed that 51 per cent of ... Read more

‘Courtesy calls’ and enforceability of non-solicitation clauses
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By Laura Williams Employers regularly include restrictive covenants, such as non-solicitation clauses and non-competition clauses, in employment agreements. Non-solicitation clauses enable ... Read more

The perils of do-it-yourself wills
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By Lisa Laredo Have you ever thought about using an online service to write a will instead of hiring a lawyer to draft one for you? After all, dozens of websites offer to make will-writing ... Read more

A different approach to work-life balance
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By Ian Hull A recent Globe and Mail article on vacation time caught my eye. In it, Elizabeth Renzetti notes an ADP Canada study that found that: only one in three employees take ... Read more

How to increase your law firm’s billable hours
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By Amir Tajkarimi Over the course of this article, we’ll show you how to increase your law firm’s monthly billables by at least 10 hours in only 30 days, while reducing overhead. ... Read more

Five things your disability insurance lawyer wants you to know
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By Nainesh Kotak Being denied short or long-term disability benefits or having your insurance benefits terminated can plunge you into a financial crisis and increase your stress burden. ... Read more

‘How do you represent the people you represent?’
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By Ryan Handlarski I have represented everyone from accused drug traffickers, to accused sexual assaulters, to accused murderers. The stock answer to this question from most criminal lawyers ... Read more

Choice of mediator critical to dispute resolution
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By Peter Israel Whether as a result of Ontario’s mandatory mediation program or — as I’d like to believe — the growing appreciation of the benefits of alternative ... Read more

Nursing home negligence
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By Patrick Brown and Taraneh Etemadi With our aging population, we may all know someone who has been in a nursing home or another form of assisted living facility. According to Statistics ... Read more

Child support for estranged adult children
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By Andrew Feldstein The parties were married for 15 years and had two children. This motion concerned the younger child, an 18-year-old university student. At the age of 13, she made it known ... Read more

What to expect if police suspect you are driving on drugs
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By Joseph Neuberger It is no mystery why Ontario law enforcement and safety advocates urge drivers to stay off the road after they have been using any substances that may result in impairment. ... Read more

Should mediators work on contingency?
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By Mitchell Rose Recently, someone asked me if mediators ever work on contingency. The question took me by surprise. To me, the answer seemed obvious, and so I replied: “No, of course ... Read more

Who’s your daddy? DNA paternity tests in Alberta
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By Marcus Sixta Jerry Springer made a career of the paternity test and they are fought over every day in family court. When it comes to child support there can be strong financial interests ... Read more

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