Personal Injury

Front-end investigation key in birth trauma cases

A thorough and prompt investigation — including a close look at antenatal care — is key to birthing-trauma claims, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Samantha Shatz.

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Employment & Labour

Don Cherry’s firing: an employment law perspective

Sportsnet might be unable to prove it had just cause to fire Don Cherry from Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) if that decision were challenged in litigation, says Toronto employment ... Read more

Insurance

With subrogation, take early action, secure evidence: Forget

Insurance companies are increasingly turning to subrogation as a means to collect from third parties found to be at fault after claims have been paid out, says Toronto insurance ... Read more

Criminal Law, Artificial Intelligence

The problem with probabilistic genotyping of DNA

There is a concern that a new DNA testing tool being used by Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) will gain credibility with jurors it’s not yet earned, says ... Read more

Corporate

Include piggyback, drag-along clauses in shareholders’ agreements

When a shareholder wishes to sell their shares to a third party, piggyback and drag-along clauses in the shareholders’ agreement can help prevent a deadlock, says Toronto ... Read more

Personal Injury

Rastin cautiously optimistic about simplified procedure changes

Changes to the Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure have the potential to boost access to justice, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. Read more

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Third-party financing fills personal injury firms’ funding gap

New sources of financing specifically designed for contingency fee-based law firms are emerging to fill the funding gap for personal injury law firms, Stephen Pauwels, co-founder, ... Read more

Personal Injury

Investigators surveilling PI claimants is common and legal

Insurance companies regularly hire private investigators to look for the gotcha moment that could weaken or dismiss a personal injury lawsuit — and it’s completely ... Read more

Family

Therapeutic orders to be encouraged in family law

Therapeutic orders should be encouraged in family law cases to help individuals recover and move on from separation, says Markham family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein. Read more

Family

Diligent preparation by clients can cut legal costs: Tailor

To reduce billable hours in family law cases, clients need to be well prepared for meetings and respond in a timely manner to requests, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor. Read more

Family

Children’s welfare comes first in custody disputes: Heft

Toronto-area family lawyer Reesa Heft says it’s “paramount to consider the child’s view” when dealing with custody cases. Read more

Civil Litigation

Tenant insurance protects renters against the unexpected

Tenant insurance not only protects a person’s contents, but it can be invaluable if someone visiting the unit is injured, says Barrie civil litigator Scott Hawryliw. Read more

Tax

Experienced tax lawyer integral at outset of audit process

A recent Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decision and the subsequent Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) response illustrates why an experienced tax lawyer should be retained early in the ... Read more

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Civil Litigation

Toddler’s family could make wrongful death claim: Silver

TORONTO — A two-year-old girl died in Toronto after an air conditioner fell from an eighth-floor apartment, police said Tuesday. Read more

Family

Modernizing courts will improve access to justice: Hendrikx

Technology has infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life, but there is still much work to be done in modernizing the legal system in Ontario to better serve family law ... Read more

Employment & Labour

Pilots, air traffic controllers grounded from cannabis use

Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are subject to a new policy banning the use of all forms of cannabis while on or off duty, but it may be overreaching, says Toronto ... Read more

Estates & Wills & Trusts

Not every issue is worthy of a passing of accounts: Kirsh

While anyone with a financial interest in an estate may trigger a formal court application to scrutinize the estate trustee’s accounts, Toronto trust and estate litigator ... Read more

Employment & Labour

Executives should seek advice on compensation before signing

Executives should reject Canada’s handshake-deal culture when it comes to compensation review and contract negotiation, says Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low. Read more

Corporate, Estates & Wills & Trusts

Communication key to avoiding family estate disputes

Testators can head off the threat of an estate dispute by explaining decisions to family members before death, says Toronto corporate and estates lawyer Marlin Horst. Read more

Family

Separation agreement paves path to well-structured divorce

Couples might be tempted to skip the separation agreement when they split, but it is an essential first step towards ensuring a smooth transition to divorce proceedings, says St. ... Read more

Human Rights

Toronto Public Library in breach of its own policy: Imai

Allowing a controversial figure to speak at a public library based on a determination that the topic wasn’t hate speech may have violated the Ontario Human Rights Code and ... Read more

Legal Supplier

Cannabis companies find value with patent strength analysis

As Canada awaits the arrival of cannabis-infused edibles, extracts and topicals, the filing of patents in the sector is heating up as companies look to monetize the value of their ... Read more

Health

Nine points to help child protection agencies prepare for change

It’s important that Ontario children’s aid societies start addressing pending privacy legislation, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst, who has developed a ... Read more

Legal Supplier

Cross-border private investigation work takes solid contacts

Diligence and a strong network of connections are vital components of MKD International’s success as a full-service private investigation firm, especially when it comes to ... Read more

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