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Focus: Family lawyer touts ABS despite resistance from many colleagues

Members of the family law bar should open their minds to the prospect of alternative business structures in Ontario, says an Ottawa lawyer championing looser rules for law firm ownership.
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Focus: Colleges ready to disclose more information

The more than two dozen colleges that regulate health professions in Ontario are in the process of making more information about their practitioners available on their public registries within the next few months.
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Focus: Medical marijuana continues to be source of litigation

There has been one constant since the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down the prohibition against possession of marijuana for medical reasons in 2000: the subsequent rules imposed by the federal government have been subject to repeated court challenges.
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Focus: Indcondo dispute drags on

A 23-year-old legal dispute between a real estate developer and his bankrupt former business partner is heading for a third trip to the Ontario Court of Appeal after a partially successful fraudulent conveyance claim resulted in the voiding of two property transfers that took place more than two decades ago.

Focus: Toronto facilities for civil trials a ‘disgusting hole’

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s facilities for civil trials at 393 University Ave. in Toronto are a “disgusting hole,” says a veteran civil litigator.
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Focus: Court chides practice of using affidavits by staff

Refugee lawyers say they won’t shy away from filing affidavits from their employees in legal proceedings despite a Federal Court judge’s criticism of the practice as he rejected a bid by a failed refugee claimant to defer his deportation to Sri Lanka.

Focus: Sniffer dogs next frontier in workplace drug testing

For the past five years, the mining company that owns a potash operation outside of Saskatoon randomly brought drug-detection dogs to the site. The purpose was to sniff staff employees, contract personnel, and even managers for traces of illegal drugs. If the dog alerted, the company would take the employee to a private backroom for questioning. Employees would have to empty their pockets and any lunch pail or bag.

Focus: Spouses warned against spying on former partners

While the use of social media in family law cases is common, questions linger over a spouse’s access to other digital information relating to a former partner as privacy and evidentiary considerations make snooping on someone’s online world a tricky and potentially costly exercise.
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Focus: How do global arbitration bodies compare?

The three major international arbitration institutions that are fiercely competitive with the courts are also, as it turns out, in just as much competition among themselves.

Focus: Lawyers encouraged to pay attention to travel risks

When it comes to travel risk, lawyers from private firms as well as in-house counsel should be paying attention. Not only are lawyers more likely to be on the move these days, but their expertise could help assess the potential liability involved and the nature of preventative and remedial action.

Focus: Drug makers eagerly awaiting SCC ruling on generic compensation

The eyes of the pharmaceutical industry will be on the Supreme Court of Canada in April as it deliberates on the issue of compensation to generic drug manufacturers in Sanofi-Aventis v. Apotex Inc.

Focus: Lawyers advised to get coverage for privacy breaches

It’s a sign of the times that professional liability insurers have started tailoring products to address privacy breaches and other costs of cybercrime.
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