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LSUC ordered to pay $1.3M to partners

Two former Torys LLP partners, who endured an 11-year-long battle with the Law Society of Upper Canada to clear their names of wrongdoing, have won $1.3 million in costs from the provincial regulator.
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Not liable for defamation by replying to email

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision confirms a party cannot be found liable for defamation by simply replying to a defamatory email.
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More self-represented litigants due to deficit?

Ontario lawyers say the justice system could be looking at more self-represented litigants as Legal Aid Ontario grapples with how to tackle a $26-million deficit.
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Jail for firm employee who faked being lawyer

A Richmond Hill, Ont. man has been sentenced to three years in jail on charges that included defrauding a lawyer for whom he worked.
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Government looking to nix bail reform bill

The federal government is looking to nix a Senate bill on bail reform that would require Crown prosecutors to bring up someone’s criminal record as part of a bail application, citing broader criminal justice reforms on the way.
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Firm found liable for negligence

A judge has found a well-known firm liable for negligence after one of its tax lawyers failed to advise a client on tax consequences concerning their family trust.
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Ottawa bus driver partially at fault for crash

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a finding of liability against an Ottawa bus driver for a fatal crash, despite the fact that the driver of the other vehicle was impaired and had entered the intersection on a red light.
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Uphill battle for those looking to sue police, say lawyers

Lawyers say a recent judgment dismissing a negligence claim against the Ottawa Police Service is a strong reaffirmation that decisions in underlying criminal proceedings can hold significant weight in subsequent civil actions.
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Toronto lawyer alleges judge was biased

An Ontario judge has refused to recuse herself from overseeing a dispute between two Toronto lawyers after one of them claimed the judge was biased and alleged she was  linked to surveillance of a man involved in a personal injury action.
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Ruling clarifies administrative procedures

Lawyers say a recent decision clarifies procedures around administrative dismissals just as a potential wave of dismissals is expected in the new year.
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Border agency oversight bill stalls in Parliament

OTTAWA — A bill to create an inspector general for the Canada Border Services Agency is now in question after federal Liberals who used to support it suddenly have cold feet on the matter. Bill S-205 would create the inspector general position and allow for the inspector general to self-initiate investigations or accept third-party evidence.
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Divisional Court weighs in on tipping chain

Lawyers say a Divisional Court’s rejection of Toronto Lawyer Mitchell Finkelstein’s appeal of an Ontario Securities Commission finding he was part of a tipping chain will make it easier for the regulator to prove such insider trading cases.
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