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Law society ramps up interim suspensions

Lawyers who represent practitioners in discipline proceedings are deeply concerned about an increase in interim suspensions the Law Society of Upper Canada has brought in recent years.
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Judge slaps $140K in costs on estate trustee

An estate trustee who took an “egregious” position in litigation has been ordered to personally pay more than $140,000 in costs.
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PI boutiques battle non-lawyer ownership

Personal injury boutiques are keeping up the fight against non-lawyer ownership of law firms after the Law Society of Upper Canada put the subject of Alternative Business Structures back on its agenda.
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Court pushes back around vexatious litigation

The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court decision to throw out a self-represented litigant’s claim as vexatious in a ruling lawyers say shows the province’s top court’s willingness to push back against broadening the rules around vexatious litigation.

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LSUC looks to tackle complaint delays

Despite attempts to speed up the length of time it takes for complaints to make their way through its system, the Law Society of Upper Canada saw the median age of complaints rise considerably in 2016.
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Improve aboriginal jury representation: lawyers

Lawyers say the issue of ensuring adequate indigenous representation on juries remains important, while the public waits on results from a provincial committee charged with looking for solutions to the issue.

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Divisional Court reaffirms cutting lawyer’s fees by $700K

The Divisional Court has reinstated an assessment officer’s decision to cut more than $1 million in legal fees down to $325,000, because the lawyer who charged the fees failed to provide evidence to support his billings.
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Government failed in its duty to consult

A recent Ontario Divisional Court decision has determined that the provincial government failed in its obligation to consult indigenous communities before it approved a limestone quarry on their traditional lands.
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Superior Court ruling clarifies auditors’ liability

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision spells out auditors’ liability to their clients’ clients.
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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.
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An estate trustee who took an ‘egregious' position in litigation has been ordered to personally pay more than $140,000 in costs. Will this ruling serve as an appropriate caution to executors on how they conduct themselves in litigation?
Yes, this will remind trustees of the potential exposure of significant awards being made against them personally.
No, it’s unlikely this ruling will dissuade executors from engaging in unreasonable conduct during litigation.