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  • Federal bill aims to improve environmental assessments
    Julie Abouchar says cultural heritage needs to be considered when companies conduct environmental assessments.

    Federal bill aims to improve environmental assessments

    The federal government has proposed reforms to environmental laws that address major issues around the impact of development on Indigenous culture.

  • Class action may reach resolution in shorter timeline
    Michel Nolet says the purpose of tort law is to recognize when people are harmed and ought to be compensated, as well as to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions.

    Class action may reach resolution in shorter timeline

    A $1.8-billion class action application launched in January accuses the federal government of segregating portions of Canada’s Indigenous population in “Indian hospitals” across the country between 1945 and 1981, where people were allegedly abused, confined and mistreated.

  • Battle over ruling may be headed to Supreme Court
    Bruce O’Toole says the amount of deference shown to the OSC by reviewing courts has ‘been very large.’

    Battle over ruling may be headed to Supreme Court

    The scope of a reviewing court’s authority to overturn an administrative tribunal that it finds to have erred in its factual conclusions could be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Essential to know how to interact with media
    Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd says it depends on the facts of a case as to whether she will provide a quote for the media.

    Essential to know how to interact with media

    On the day that lawyers for Michael Cohen were in federal court in New York seeking a restraining order related to search warrants executed against their client, the personal attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump was conspicuously not present.

  • Lawyer who lost licence wants SCC to clarify remedies
    Frank Addario says tribunals are meant to ‘facilitate access to speedy justice.’

    Lawyer who lost licence wants SCC to clarify remedies

    A Toronto lawyer whose licence was revoked for mortgage fraud is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to clarify what remedies are available if there has been unreasonable delay by a regulator and to define the jurisdiction of the appeal division of the Law Society of Ontario.

  • Case is reminder evidence can be used without consent
    Robin McKechney says an argument to exclude evidence will be much stronger if a regulator or government agency asked a private individual to assist in obtaining information of misconduct.

    Case is reminder evidence can be used without consent

    A recent decision of the Ontario Judicial Council is a reminder that evidence of misconduct in a professional disciplinary hearing will likely be admitted even if it has been obtained surreptitiously by a private individual and without consent.

  • Panel overturns decision to stay global class action
    Alexandra Teodorescu says the potential financial gains to class from the addition of absent foreign claimants will be tempered in many cases by the procedural burdens they bring with them.

    Panel overturns decision to stay global class action

    The Court of Appeal for Ontario struck a blow for access to justice when it allowed a global class action to proceed here, despite the fact it involves absent foreign claimants, according to one of the lawyers spearheading the claim.

  • Class actions on worker misclassification will continue
    Lior Samfiru says employee misclassification is one of the top issues he’s encountering in his practice.

    Class actions on worker misclassification will continue

    Worker misclassification class actions are here to stay, according to the growing band of employment lawyers handling cases for plaintiffs.

  • Viability of umbrella purchaser claims in question
    Paul-Erik Veel would like to see umbrella claims blocked, but he would also appreciate a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

    Viability of umbrella purchaser claims in question

    Competition lawyers are calling on the Supreme Court of Canada to settle the intensifying debate over the viability of umbrella purchaser claims.

  • Call for revamp of carriage motions
    David Wingfield says that carriage motions put prospective class counsel in an awkward position due to the presence of defendants.

    Call for revamp of carriage motions

    Defendants should be completely excluded from carriage motions as part of a broader overhaul to the process for selecting class counsel, according to one of the lawyers on the losing side of the recent bruising battle to prosecute a price manipulation claim against a number of German automakers.

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