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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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LSUC must disclose privileged information

A hearing panel has ordered the Law Society of Upper Canada to disclose privileged information in a long-running disciplinary proceeding against a lawyer.
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OCA finds release covers unanticipated claim

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a final release to settle an action covered an unanticipated claim that came to light years later.
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Judge found to have created apprehension of bias

A senior provincial court judge in Milton, Ont. has been found to have created an apprehension of bias against a defendant in a sexual assault trial, in part because of “intemperate and insulting language” used against the accused and a supporting witness.
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Ruling shows flexibility for disabled persons

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision has implications for when a limitations period begins for applications brought on behalf of disabled people.
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Court weighs in on self-represented litigants

Lawyers say a recent Court of Appeal decision illustrates the challenges trial judges can face when presiding over matters with self-represented litigants, as well as the responsibilities justices owe them.
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