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‘Road map’ on dealing with vexatious litigants?

Lawyers say a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision declaring a litigant vexatious will bring greater certainty to when and how lawyers should bring motions to curb frivolous litigation that is sucking up court resources.
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Once-imprisoned lawyer could practise law in Ontario

A former lawyer from Florida, who spent two years in prison for a child pornography charge, is one step closer to acquiring a licence to practise law in Ontario.
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Company found liable for contamination

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision finding an Ottawa dry cleaning company but not a principal of the business liable for a spill could have significant implications for compensation orders in prosecutions related to historic contamination.
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Social host liability case must go to trial

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision leaves the door open for a possible finding of social host liability in certain circumstances.
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Concerns voiced about Condo Act overhaul

Lawyers are expressing concerns over the timing of the rollout of extensive draft regulations by the provincial government to amend the Condominium Act, saying it will leave them little time to bring clients up to speed.
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Lawyers can sue clients for unpaid fees

The Ontario Divisional Court has issued a stinging criticism of the processes lawyers have to follow to retrieve unpaid fees from clients and the provincial government’s failure to address backlogs in that system.
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OCA to rule on discovery in Small Claims Court

The Ontario Court of Appeal has agreed to hear a case that concerns whether Small Claims Court deputy judges have jurisdiction to grant discovery-type motions.
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Complaints process against judge questioned

The chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court questioned whether the Canadian Judicial Council was acting within its powers when it decided to reconsider complaints filed against Superior Court Justice Frank Newbould that it had previously dismissed.
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Decision clarifies termination clauses

Employment lawyers say a much-anticipated Ontario Court of Appeal decision has brought clarity to the issue of what makes contractual termination clauses enforceable.
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Report anticipated to impact family law bar

Lawyers say a forthcoming report that may broaden the scope of family law could erode current standards and squeeze lawyers out of the marketplace.
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Damages awarded in legal malpractice case

A lawyer who faced off against LawPPRO in a recent legal malpractice case says the insurer was looking for a legal precedent and ultimately failed at obtaining it.
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OCA rules duty of care issue must go to trial

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in a legal malpractice case serves as a reminder that the duty of care lawyers owe to their clients can extend past a limited-scope retainer.
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