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Monday, May 31, 2010

WALDMAN LAUNCHES CLASS ACTION AGAINST THOMSON REUTERS

Lawyer Lorne Waldman is spearheading a class action against Thomson Reuters Corp. over the alleged reproduction of filed court documents on the Internet.

The claims, which haven’t been proven in court, allege the company allows subscribers to access the materials on a web site without the consent of the lawyers who wrote them, according to Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, the law firm acting as counsel for the plaintiff side.

Waldman is the representative plaintiff in the case, which alleges Thomson Reuters has infringed the Copyright Act.

SABA GETS NEW PRESIDENT

The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto has elected Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi, a partner at Torkin Manes LLP, as its new president.

Mukherjee-Gothi is a member of Torkin Manes’ insurance defence group and has been involved with the South Asian Bar Association since its inception in 2005.

“The number of lawyers of South Asian origin is growing,” she said. “They have connections within the South Asian community that can be very helpful to their firms since many businesses are started and run by South Asians, both in Canada and internationally.”

Jeffrey Cohen, managing partner of Torkin Manes, welcomed the news. “We encourage all of our lawyers to become actively involved in business and professional associations that build their networks and that extend our firm’s reach into all of Toronto’s communities,” he said.

The association serves as a networking forum, advocacy group, and employment resource for South Asian members of the legal profession. WEB SITE LAUNCHES ARTICLING FORUM

Lawiscool.com has launched an articling forum designed to link students and potential employers from across Canada.

Law firms of all sizes and legal organizations are encouraged to post positions at lawiscool.com/articling-positions. The web site aims to make life easier for new graduates who find themselves entering a tough economy and shrinking market for articling positions.

“It’s all fine and dandy to go to law school for three years and pay enormous amounts of tuition but it would be pretty cool to get called to the bar as well,” reads the post introducing the forum.

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST BRYANT

Charges over an incident last summer against Michael Bryant, Ontario’s former attorney general, were dropped last Tuesday.

Prosecutor Richard Peck, who was brought in from British Columbia to avoid a conflict of interest, told a Toronto courtroom the evidence showed Darcy Allan Sheppard, the cyclist who was killed in the incident, was the aggressor in an unprovoked attack on Bryant and his wife.

“The decision was mine and mine alone,” he said, noting the Ministry of the Attorney General had no input.

Bryant was charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death last September after he drove off with Sheppard latched onto his car following an altercation at a traffic light.

Sheppard was killed when his head struck the ground after he was dislodged from the car by a fire hydrant close to the curb. Bryant said he wished none of it had ever happened.

“What I will never forget for the rest of my life is the unnecessary tragedy of that night,” he said. “The whole experience has been incredibly humbling and rightly so.”

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