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November, 2017
  • OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

    The Court of Appeal has determined that part of an Islamic marriage contract was part of net family property under the Ontario Family Law Act. The appeal in Bakhshi v. Hosseinzadeh concerned whether property conveyed under an Islamic marriage contract — or Maher — should be excluded from net family property, which is the monetary value of parties’ net worth that is equalized between spouses when they separate.
  • OCA lifts roadblock for Chevron case

    The Court of Appeal has set aside an order that could have ended a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ attempts to enforce a US$9.5-million judgment against Chevron in Ontario. In October, a judge ordered the plaintiffs to post more than $900,000 as security for costs of the proceeding, as they had failed to show their claim had a good chance of success.
  • Statement of principles challenged in court

    As the Law Society of Upper Canada’s statement of principles is set to face renewed scrutiny at Convocation and in the courts, organizations representing racialized lawyers are questioning why the issue has been reopened in the first place.


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    Time for dedicated internet libel legislation

    It is often said that you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. However, it certainly hasn’t stopped the Ontario courts from giving it a try in attempting to apply Ontario’s antiquated Libel and Slander Act to defamatory publications on the internet.
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter

    Words versus actions

    In any working relationship, broken trust is hard to repair. Law Times reports that lawyers who work with indigenous groups say provisions in federal Bill C-58 would force access requesters to have specifics in terms of subject matter, time frames and types of records and will have a detrimental impact on these groups’ ability to do needed research for land claims.

Focus On

  • Legal expenses insurance assists with access to justice

    The legal profession should renew its focus on legal expenses insurance as the product slowly but steadily gains traction in Canada, says the former head of the Canadian Bar Association’s access to justice committee. John Sims headed the committee in late 2013 when the CBA announced its aim to have 75 per cent of middle-income Canadians covered by legal insurance by 2030.
  • Ontario court finds disability claim was time-barred

    Ontario lawmakers should force insurers to notify claimants of the limitation period to challenge denials after the province’s appeal court ruled companies that fail to provide such a warning do not breach their duty of good faith to customers, according to a Kitchener, Ont. personal injury lawyer.
  • Insurer ordered to pay plaintiffs’ entire legal bill

    A Toronto lawyer says insurers should factor in the risk of additional expenses when denying coverage after a judge awarded two plaintiffs full indemnity costs following their success in court.
  • Expect more Charter challenges in benefit disputes

    The provincial attorney general’s failure to defend the constitutionality of its Minor Injury Guideline has helped open the floodgates to Charter challenges in accident benefit disputes, says a Toronto insurance lawyer.

Inside Story


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A group of benchers opposed to the Statement of Principles will need to win the support of their colleagues to repeal the requirement. Do you think they will be successful in repealing the statement of principles in the coming year?