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If the Ministry of the Attorney General gets its way in a unique civil forfeiture case, an alleged drunken sailor could see his boat taken away by the government.
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

Report outlines details for clinic mergers

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After weeks of discussion, the group leading the reorganization of the Greater Toronto Area’s legal clinics has released its detailed plan for creating five organizations across the region.
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

Editorial: Boosting public protection

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While the arrest of lawyer Meerai Cho last week is certainly a major concern for the property buyers who’ve lost their deposits, the case is a good opportunity to look at options for protecting the public.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne turned a few heads recently when she opened the door to buying electric power from Quebec on a long-term basis.
The County & District Law Presidents’ Association, representing 46 local law associations across Ontario that in turn represent nearly 12,000 practising lawyers, has been hearing more and more anecdotes from the private bar of a perceived encroachment by Legal Aid Ontario into what has traditionally been the realm of the private bar.
These anecdotes of evidence are too numerous to ignore and signal a troubling trend if true.
In your recent coverage of Legal Aid Ontario’s recent hiring of additional duty counsel (see “CLA concerned about duty counsel expansion,” Aug.18), the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s comments do not reflect LAO’s role and mandate to provide legal aid services that are responsive to the needs of low-income Ontarians and provide for the effective use of limited taxpayers’ dollars.
The recent arrest and Law Society of Upper Canada discipline case involving Meerai Cho is a truly cautionary tale over absconded condominium deposits. Ontario has a statutory consumer protection scheme designed to protect the deposit moneys of prospective purchasers buying preconstruction condominiums. That said, most real estate lawyers believe this deposit protection is simply the $20,000 coverage automatically available for all new construction condominiums from Tarion Warranty Corp. under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

Actions against Cho proliferate

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Property buyers who are out $15 million in deposit money are eyeing the Law Society of Upper Canada’s compensation fund as the civil lawsuits proliferate amid lawyer Meerai Cho’s arrest on fraud charges last week.
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

Focus: Privacy class actions on the rise

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With the certification of Evans v. The Bank of Nova Scotia, the newly introduced tort of intrusion upon seclusion has become another weapon in the arsenal for the class action plaintiffs’ bar.
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