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Court overturns decision on limitations period

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision that found a one-year limitations period was appropriate for claims tenants bring against their landlords.
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Ruling strict about document disclosure

Lawyers say a recent Court of Appeal decision clarifies that courts are going to use a strict approach when considering whether a franchise disclosure document complies with provincial legislation.
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Defence lawyer finishes murder trial on dialysis

When prominent criminal defence lawyer Edward Sapiano was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2014, he did not see it as the blow that could end his career but as a new challenge.
“I just decided that was fate levelling the playing field for my adversaries, but it didn’t work,” says Sapiano.
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Law Society of Upper Canada mulls name change

The Law Society of Upper Canada is considering changing its name to move away from what critics say is an archaic tradition.
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Battle over ticket shows issues with Jordan

A judge has thrown out a long-running legal fight over a traffic ticket for delay in a recent Ontario Court of Justice case that lawyers say illustrates how the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Jordan decision might actually be lengthening delays in such matters.
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Firm gets nearly $600K after fight over files

A judge has ordered a lawyer to pay his former employer almost $600,000 for files he took to his new firm when he left.
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LSUC disbars lawyer for misapplying $2.6 million

The Law Society of Upper Canada has revoked the licence of a lawyer for misapplying $2.6 million he received in trust from real estate transactions.
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Shareholders have right to call meeting

Lawyers say a recent Divisional Court decision will reinforce shareholders’ rights to call special meetings.
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Court rules former employee can keep income

The Ontario Court of Appeal has declined to deduct income earned from a wrongfully dismissed employee’s damages in a decision lawyers say shows courts are going to take a nuanced approach to mitigation going forward.
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Tech firm sues after bid-rigging acquittal

Ottawa technology firm TPG Technology Consulting Ltd. is suing five current and former members of the Competition Bureau after they were acquitted in a criminal bid-rigging case, citing negligence on the part of the commissioners.
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