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Ruling opens door to umbrella purchaser suits

A recent Divisional Court decision to grant leave to plaintiffs of an uncertified part of a class action lawsuit opens the door to an increase of claims brought by what’s known as umbrella purchasers, some competition lawyers say.
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Judicial discipline needs more public input

Alberta Judge Robin Camp’s upcoming hearing concerning misconduct allegations will likely shine a spotlight on the judicial discipline system this fall, as the federal government looks to reform the process.
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Legal Tech Now Part 3: Canadian A2J apps at the starting line

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Merchant lawyers not guilty of contempt

Lawyers say a recent Superior Court decision concerning a class action against Volkswagen serves as a warning to firms vying to represent plaintiffs in big class action suits.
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Legal Tech Now Part 2: Intelligent technology the way of the future

As intelligent technology has started to make its way into systems being used by lawyers, legal professionals are anxiously waiting to see how artificial intelligence will affect their line of work and are determined not to be left behind, lawyers say.
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Sent text messages not private: ruling

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that sent text messages seized from a recipient’s phone can be used as evidence against the sender in court.
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Case launches testing anti-SLAPP laws

An Ontario Superior Court judge will hear arguments this week in what is believed to be one of the first tests of the province’s new “anti-SLAPP” legislation as it relates to a defamation action.
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Consultation needed on services contract, lawyers say

Real estate lawyers are decrying what they say is a lack of consultation on a new federal relocation services contract, expected to set fixed rates below market price for their services.
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Ruling indicates proving just cause not as hard as employers think, says lawyer

A Ministry of Labour decision that sided with an employer who immediately terminated an employee when she resigned to work for a competitor shows it isn’t impossible for employers to prove just cause, says the employer’s lawyer.
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After wait, Rainy River to get new Crown

After months of waiting, the District of Rainy River, Ont. is one step closer to getting a new Crown attorney.
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Legal Aid lawyers push to unionize

More than three years into their fight to unionize, Legal Aid Ontario lawyers are stepping up the pressure on the provincial government.
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OSC moves ahead with whistleblower policy

The Ontario Securities Commission has adopted a policy that could financially reward in-house counsel for disclosing information about corporate wrongdoing, despite the concerns of lawyers, legal scholars, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
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