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July 24, 2017
  • Judge rules on working notice period

    An Ontario judge has ruled that a working notice period does not apply to an employee who is on disability leave. In McLeod v. 1274458 Ontario, Justice Kenneth Hood of the Ontario Superior Court ordered a delivery company to pay damages for a working notice period to a long-term employee unable to work during that time because of injuries sustained in a non-work-related car accident.
  • OCA allows foster parent to be party in case

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a foster mother can be named a party in a child protection case, as it was in the child’s best interests. Lawyers who represent parents say the decision in A.M. v. Valoris Pour Enfants et Adultes de Prescott-Russell is of concern because the ultimate implications of such proceedings can result in the permanent abolishment of the child-parent relationship, she says.
  • Superior Court ruling clarifies auditors’ liability

    Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision spells out auditors’ liability to their clients’ clients. In Lavender v. Miller Bernstein, Justice Edward Belobaba sided with investors who brought a class action lawsuit against an accounting firm that had audited a now-defunct securities dealer, Buckingham Securities.

Commentary


  • Ian Harvey

    Inside Queen's Park: Dreams of digital justice process still elusive

    The process of justice of justice never sleeps. Oh, it may doze off now and then or get ensnarled in the weight of its own petard, but it surely keeps grinding along. There isn’t a single stakeholder in the Ontario justice system, however, who doesn’t recognize there are serious issues.
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Children first

    Law Times reports that the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a foster mother can be named a party in a child protection case, if it’s in the child’s best interests. The story details how lawyers who represent parents in child welfare proceedings say the decision in A.M. v. Valoris Pour Enfants et Adultes de Prescott-Russell is of concern, because the ultimate implications of such proceedings can result in the permanent abolishment of the child-parent relationship.
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    Speaker's Corner: A two-tier system to serve the people

    All systems of justice have underlying principles. They may be to serve the leader, the state, the administrators or the people. Whatever the purpose, the structure supporting it needs to be built to serve that purpose, and if it doesn’t, it’s a failure.

Focus On


  • Companies use third-party litigation funding

    Traditionally, litigation loans have been the purview of class action plaintiffs and individuals fighting against large insurance companies.
  • Third-party funding market diversifies

    What has been a small industry to date is growing as the Canadian litigation funding market sees new entrants and the restructuring of existing players.
  • Funding empowers creditors in bankruptcy claims

    Litigation in progress and claims arising out of insolvency can represent an important source of funds in an insolvent estate, but there may not be the funds or the confidence to proceed, especially in view of the risk of adverse costs.
  • Consensus forming over contingency fees

    The use of contingency fees has been attracting critical attention over the last year, with a private member’s bill, an independent report and a Law Society of Upper Canada task force all targeting the issue.

Inside Story


  • Monday, July 24, 2017

    Website Recognized
    Lawyer Avoids Contempt Finding
    New Law Firm Launched
    Law Times Poll

Cartoon


  • Jul 24, 2017

    Editorial Cartoon: July 24, 2017

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