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Court rules on certification during insolvency

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision allowed a union to bring a certification application in the middle of an employer’s insolvency proceedings, which the dissenting judge on the decision said could result in a “sea change” in insolvency law.
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New laws may spur more arbitration in Ontario

While lawyers say new legislation will likely promote Ontario as a hub for international commercial arbitration, there are still practical barriers when it comes to attracting the international business community to arbitrate in the province.
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Genetic privacy bill to go to Supreme Court

The federal Liberal government has signalled that it will be referring a public bill by the Senate on genetic privacy directly to the Supreme Court of Canada once it has been given royal assent.  
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Judge throws out claim against Lang Michener LLP

An Ontario judge has dismissed a counterclaim by a Toronto lawyer against a law firm that represented him in a dispute over whether he owed a US$600,000 judgment from an Italian court.
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OMB finds Bay Street partner’s conduct was abuse of process

The Ontario Municipal Board has found that the conduct of a senior partner at a Bay Street firm in a zoning dispute constituted an abuse of process.
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Do you know anyone on the Sunshine List?

The annual Sunshine List of Ontario public sector employees who received more than $100,000 in compensation in 2016 featured more than 123,000 names when it was released on March 31. While there have been some calls to increase the salary level that triggers disclosure, Statistics Canada data issued last year shows that $100,000 is still more than the median family income in any Ontario city. The highest median family income for a metropolitan area was $97,760 in Ottawa-Gatineau. Meanwhile, the top one per cent of total average income for tax filers in Canada was $466,700. Of the 123,000 names on the latest Sunshine List, thousands of the individuals are lawyers working in the public sector.
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Bank fights disclosure of commercial contract 

The Toronto-Dominion Bank is asking the Ontario Court of Appeal to weigh in on whether commercial contracts with public institutions or government ministries can normally be disclosed through freedom of information requests.
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LSUC suspends lawyer for helping friend buy heroin

The Law Society of Upper Canada has issued an eight-month suspension to a Hamilton, Ont. lawyer who admitted to providing heroin to a friend that later died from an overdose.
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Legal clinic to challenge Safe Streets Act

A Toronto legal clinic is looking to launch a constitutional challenge to the Safe Streets Act.
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Court of Appeal rules on unjust enrichment

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in a dispute over insurance beneficiary designations has important implications for when the remedy of constructive trust is available to a party.
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Now-retired judge made errors, argue lawyers

A now-retired Ontario Superior Court judge made numerous legal and factual errors and findings on issues not discussed at trial, argue lawyers for the appellant in a long-running commercial litigation action related to a rehabilitative shoe-insert business.
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Immigration lawyers decry preclearance bill

Immigration lawyers say a new bill that would give enhanced powers to American border officers working at Canadian airports would likely result in a great deal of uncertainty for their work and their clients.
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