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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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Motherisk case shows cracks in child welfare

An Ontario judge has found that two lawyers provided incompetent counsel while representing parents in a family law case that he said shows the broken state of the child welfare system in Canada.
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LSUC to implement cap on referral fees

New rules approved by the Law Society of Upper Canada to further regulate advertising and referral fees are a good step in repairing any damage that may have been done by misleading advertisements to the public’s confidence in the legal profession, some lawyers say.
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Appeal in Teva cheque fraud case to be heard this week

A major pharmaceutical company is arguing that the Ontario Court of Appeal has “altered the law” and improperly introduced a new defence for banks when determining liability in fraudulent cheque schemes.
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Former law firm partner sued for $9 million

A Toronto litigation and corporate law boutique has sued a former partner in the firm for $9 million after a dispute over a contingency fee client.

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Plaintiffs plan to appeal Chevron decision

The lawyers representing Ecuadorian plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Chevron Corporation have applied for leave to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss an action against the company’s Canadian subsidiary.
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Prosecution halted after lawyer joins Crown

A judge has stopped the Kenora Crown attorney’s office from prosecuting the case of a man, after his defence lawyer took a job as a Crown mere days before his trial was set to begin.
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Lawyer disbarred for role in investment scheme

The Law Society of Upper Canada has disbarred a Richmond Hill, Ont. lawyer after finding she acted as an escrow agent in an illegitimate investment scheme worth $8-million.
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Firm blocked from representing company

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision barring a Toronto firm from representing an insurance company in a coverage dispute because of a potential conflict of interest, despite the fact that the firm followed all ethical guidelines.
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Case clarifies rules in civil jury trials

Lawyers say a recent Court of Appeal decision in a medical malpractice case clarifies a number of procedural issues in civil jury trials.
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Police can amend tickets without notifying accused

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling allows police officers to amend tickets for minor offences before they are filed in court and without notifying the accused.
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Rule broken when records exchanged: judge

An Ontario Superior Court judge has found that the “deemed undertaking” rule was breached when two Toronto lawyers exchanged hundreds of pages of private records about a sexual assault complainant with no notice to a court, the woman or her counsel.
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