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Diamond & Diamond refutes ‘full frontal assault’

Shannon Kari - Monday, August 24, 2015

An Ontario Superior Court judge is urging the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide more clarity about the rules for lawyers practising independently yet also in association under a common business name.
The suggestion came out of a motion heard on Aug. 17 related to the business structure of Diamond & Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers, a high-profile firm based in Toronto.

Justice James Diamond (no relation to the law firm) stated that the law society might “revisit” its decision not to provide some guidance on the questions raised in the motion before the court.

Aviva Canada Inc. invoked a section of Rule 21 of the Rules of Civil Procedure in asking the court to determine a question of law in an ongoing automobile accident-relate...


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Uber facing a gamut of legal challenges

In the wake of the City of Toronto’s unsuccessful attempt this spring to get a court injunction against ride-booking service Uber, many people will be waiting to see a report on a public consultation process that could lead to a new bylaw regulating it.

Lawyer out $44K in dispute over pro bono retainer

To anyone who may have had doubts, a Superior Court judge has issued a clear statement on the difference between pro bono and contingency-fee arrangements in a case that underlines the need for written retainer agreements.

Editorial: Respectful debate on climate change needed

Have critics unfairly targeted the oilsands? They probably have, but that doesn’t mean it’s right to demonize them.

Speaker's Corner: Analysis of Uber’s insurance implications reveals serious issues

Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-booking smartphone application, has been in both the news and the courts lately. An analysis of the insurance implications reveals serious issues.

Focus: Employers’ counsel unhappy with Navistar pension ruling

The Divisional Court’s July 2015 decision in Navistar Canada Inc. v. Superintendent of Financial Services went a long way to resolving the seven-year-old pension saga arising from the company’s decision to reorganize in 2008.

Lawyers advised to act quickly to get an edge on artificial intelligence

CALGARY — Despite the concerns and potential pitfalls, lawyers need to get an early start on using artificial intelligence before it becomes widespread, the Canadian Bar Association’s legal conference heard on Saturday.

Ruling against prominent lawyer a cautionary tale about accepting funds from third parties

Even experienced lawyers, it seems, can run into problems when accepting funds from a third party regarding a client matter.

Inside Queen's Park: Groia a formidable opponent in Hydro One sale

Desperate for revenues, the Ontario Liberals were full steam ahead on the sale of Hydro One in mid-July. Then they hit the iceberg.

Focus: Ruling offers guidance on oppression versus derivative actions

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Rea v. Wildeboer earlier this year suggests that counsel should think carefully about the nature of the claims they advance in corporate stakeholder litigation.

Inside Story

Monday, August 24, 2015

NEW JUDGES APPOINTED
The provincial government has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice.

The new judges, whose appointments are effective Aug. 26, will preside in Kitchener, Ont.

The first is Craig Parry, who was called to the bar in 1998 and has been a sole practitioner in Kitchener for 13 years. A director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association for the Waterloo Region since 2008, Parry primarily practised criminal law but also dealt with family and civil matters.

Also appointed to the bench is Melanie Sopinka, who has been an assistant Crown attorney for the last 14 years. Before joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, she served as litigation counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

LAWYERS HONOURED BY OUT ON BAY STREET
A few lawyers are among those recognized by Out on Bay Street as part of its Leaders to be Proud of Awards.

The awards recognize achievements or service in Canada’s...

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