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Lawyer alleges discrimination by LSUC security guard

A black lawyer alleges a security guard discriminated against him when he was trying to enter the Law Society of Upper Canada building recently.
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Careless driving cases show limits of POA

Edouard Le Blanc was cycling near his home in Scarborough when he was struck by a driver and died from his wounds in 2014.
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Decision should force law society to change disclosure, say critics

A recent Divisional Court decision could push the Law Society of Upper Canada to have a less rigid approach to disclosure when it comes to its disciplinary proceedings, lawyers say.
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First black female bencher elected in Toronto

Ever since she was a little girl, Tanya Walker wanted to be a lawyer.
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Patent firms’ trademark fight results in tie

A tug of war over one of the best-known names in the Canadian patent world has ended in a tie after patent agency Sim & McBurney agreed to drop its trademark infringement claim against the upstart Aird & McBurney LP last week.
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New awards policy for whistleblowers under fire

Despite concerns voiced by the Law Society of Upper Canada, lawyers could be eligible for new awards granted to whistleblowers that report wrongdoing to the Ontario Securities Commission.
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Decision reaffirms summary judgment in wrongful-dismissal cases

A recent Divisional Court decision to side with a legal assistant against a former employer has affirmed that summary judgment is appropriate for wrongful-dismissal claims, employment lawyers say.
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Slansky decision could have ‘chilling’ effect: lawyers

A Court of Appeal decision to uphold costs on a lawyer defending a “vexatious” client could push lawyers to shy away from advocating unpopular positions in court, lawyers say.
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Delivery modernized but more progress needed

Few legislative amendments will bring the delivery of franchise disclosure documents into the 21st century, lawyers say.
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Judge slams application to seize cash from man

A large amount of cash found on someone detained by police cannot on its own be sufficient evidence to forfeit the money to the province under its Civil Remedies Act powers, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled.
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LSUC zeroes in on personal injury advertising

Some participants in a new Law Society of Upper Canada report say public confidence in the legal profession is being hurt by advertising for personal injury law — a finding those in the field say is abundantly obvious.
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Groia eyes Supreme Court after losing appeal

Lawyer Joseph Groia has vowed to take his fight with the Law Society of Upper Canada to the Supreme Court.
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