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LSUC action on advertising coming this year

Looking forward to 2017, Paul Schabas is hoping to move the dial forward on a number of issues.
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Divisional Court overturns mortgage priority decision

The Divisional Court has ruled that a mortgagee’s loan to a couple was not fraudulent, despite the fact the mortgagor had fraudulently discharged a previous mortgage.
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Judge rules police can cross-claim Crowns for negligent legal advice

An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that Crown attorneys are not immune to a cross-claim by the police in a negligent investigation case.
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Children’s role in negligence at heart of case

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Hamilton boy was not contributorily negligent for failing to look both ways before crossing the street.

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Groups say hard work ahead in battling racism

While the Law Society of Upper Canada has adopted recommendations to battle systemic racism in the legal profession, diversity advocates say the report is just the beginning of what needs to be done.
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LSUC to fight racism allegations, says no discrimination

The Law Society of Upper Canada has asked for the dismissal of a human rights complaint alleging that one of its security guards racially profiled a black lawyer.

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Complaint launched over ad in newsletter

An Ottawa lawyer has filed a complaint with the Law Society of Upper Canada against a Toronto lawyer for advertising in a publication that has been criticized for being overtly racist, misogynistic and homophobic.

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Class members not on hook in carriage dispute

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that class members must not be on the hook for a fee-sharing agreement that Merchant Law Group LLP sought in a settlement of a carriage dispute.
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Lawyers head to SCC over unpaid on-call duty

Government immigration lawyers are headed to the nation’s top court as they continue their long-running fight against mandatory unpaid on-call duty.
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Constitutionality of police bylaw use questioned

Legal scholars are questioning the constitutionality of the Toronto Police Service’s use of bylaw infractions in Project Marie.
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MAG must release document, rules court

The Divisional Court has ordered the Ministry of the Attorney General to release a set of draft guidelines for prosecuting HIV non-disclosure cases.
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Administrative bodies must listen to tribunals

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that administrative bodies must abide by the decisions of tribunals that regulate them unless certain exceptions apply.
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