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No justification needed for accident benefit examinations: ruling

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that insurance companies do not need to provide justification to compel an accident benefits applicant to participate in an examination under oath.
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OCA rules on discovery in Small Claims Court

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that deputy judges in the Small Claims Court have jurisdiction to grant pre-trial inspections of property in certain circumstances.
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Court rules on condo lien deadlines

The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that the 90-day deadline for condominium corporations to register liens applies when a unit owner fails to pay costs in compliance orders.
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Court of Appeal revokes lawyer’s licence

The Court of Appeal has reinstated the revocation of a lawyer’s licence in a long-running disciplinary matter that has ping-ponged up through the courts.
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Feds should move faster on surcharge changes

The Ontario Court of Appeal has made it clear that there is no discretion for lower court judges to avoid imposing mandatory victim surcharges on offenders regardless of their ability to pay the fines.
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Lawyers split on proposed contingency fee cap

Some lawyers say a proposed cap on contingency fees under consideration by the Law Society of Upper Canada could be problematic for access to justice.
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LAO budget woes mean squeeze on services

Legal Aid Ontario officials say the agency will have to suspend all immigration and refugee services in November if the federal government does not come through with much-needed funding.
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Lawyers could have duty of care to non-clients

An Ontario judge has left the door open for a lawyer to owe a duty of care to a non-client in a real estate transaction.

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Concerns voiced over tax change

Lawyers are decrying a proposed change to the Income Tax Act, which they say could greatly affect lawyers’ cash flow.

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Lawyer suspended over allegedly vexatious conduct

The Law Society of Upper Canada has suspended a lawyer while investigating whether his conduct in litigation has hampered the administration of justice.

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