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Ex-judge orders public arbitration hearing

In one of the few rulings on holding public arbitration hearings, a case that will determine the amount of private sector payments to help fund the Blue Box program in Ontario this year will be an open proceeding, a retired Ontario Court of Appeal judge has ruled.

Court transcript overbilling inadvertent, company says

A Toronto- and Ottawa-based court reporting company has broken its months-long silence to defend itself against claims that it knowingly overcharged clients that included the Federal Court and the Tax Court of Canada.

Law firms embracing tech startups

When lawyer Debbie Weinstein took on BelAir Networks as a client 12 years ago, the technology startup was more a promising idea than a company. She wasn’t sure when, if at all, BelAir could pay its legal fees.

Door opened to abuse as beneficiaries left in the cold

When Adalgisa Di Michele died in 1996, she left her house to three of her children. None of them now owns any part of the Mississauga, Ont., home thanks to a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision on the power of an estate trustee that lawyers say leaves a door open to abuse.
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SCC consideration of adviser penalties significant for lawyers

In a case with significant implications for lawyers, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to consider whether adviser penalties found in s. 163.2 of the Income Tax Act are penal or administrative in nature.

Panel considers bid for restorative justice for lawyers

In what was the first argument for restorative justice for a non-aboriginal person, a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has considered — but ultimately rejected — a case for rehabilitating a lawyer found guilty of misconduct related to real estate fraud.

Paralegal advertising under the microscope

A paralegal in Toronto is facing a potential misconduct hearing over allegations that his “we win or it’s free” claim in his online advertising is misleading to clients.
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Who are the top-earning lawyers in Ontario’s public sector?

Who were the biggest earners among public-sector lawyers last year?

Lawyer describes ‘craziest legal odyssey’

Nestled between the shores of the Credit River and Mississauga Road, Glatt’s Lane is a quiet, discreet little stretch next to seven picturesque homes in Mississauga, Ont., that became the unlikely subject of a lawyer’s legal odyssey recently.
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Portable courtroom on tap for Barrie

A temporary courtroom under construction at the Barrie, Ont., courthouse is “bound to be an eyesore,” but when it comes to court facilities, esthetics come second to need, according to some members of the bar in that city.

Ontario lawyers weighing in on Trinity Western

More than 100 lawyers, groups, and members of the public have weighed in on the debate over whether the Law Society of Upper Canada should accredit Trinity Western University’s planned law school.
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Surge of racial profiling complaints possible as procedural hurdle cleared

Police forces across the province could face a surge of racial profiling complaints as the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is allowing discrimination hearings to proceed despite police arguments that their internal disciplinary systems have already dealt with the matters.
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