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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from forty-one recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Le Blogue du CRL  2. Environmental Law and Litigation  3. Employment & Human Rights Law in Canada  4. Thoughtful Legal Management  5. Entertainment & Media Law Signal

Le Blogue du CRL
La Cour d’appel doit faire preuve de déférence à l’égard du juge de première instance qui exerce un pouvoir de gestion
Dans l’arrêt CT-Paiement Inc. c. Savard (2013 QCCA 318), la Cour était saisie d’une requête de CT-Paiement Inc. qui demandait le sursis et la permission d’en appeler d’une décision rendue le jour même, aux termes de laquelle le juge de première instance avait refusé de reporter l’audition qui devait se tenir devant lui afin d’entendre en priorité une requête en homologation d’une transaction. La Cour refuse d’accorder la permission d’appeler considérant notamment qu’elle doit faire preuve de déférence à l’égard du juge de première instance qui a exercé un pouvoir de gestion dans un dossier complexe dont il assume la responsabilité depuis plusieurs mois. . . .

Environmental Law and Litigation
Wynne v Obama: sustainable Ontario?
In sharp contrast to Obama’s State of the Union Address, the first Speech from the Throne under Premier Wynne gives little emphasis to environmental issues, including climate change. As we feared from the composition of the transition team, the Ontario Throne speech was modest in its energy and environmental priorities: . . .

Employment & Human Rights Law in Canada
BYOD Part 4: Developing a BYOD Program
In this fourth piece on Bringing Your Own Device to work, I build upon my past posts that set out the benefits, costs and risks of BYOD.
So you’ve now decided to jump in (or some other reckless decision maker in your organization has), and you now have to develop your BYOD program. Here are five tips to consider when rolling out your BYOD Program: . . .

Thoughtful Legal Management
Collaboration Tools for Lawyers
One of the big changes in the legal profession has been the switch to the lawyer as collaborator: with their colleagues, with their staff and not the least, with their clients. Part of this is due to the work of Thomas Friedman and his “The World is Flat” philosophy. Part of it is due to the fact that the world has changed and clients have insisted on becoming equals with their advisors. Not only do clients want to be kept advised on what is happening with their cases, they want to be involved with the details of their cases – discussing strategy, options and not the least, potential cost-impacts. . . .

Entertainment & Media Law Signal
Manson v John Doe – Damages for Anonymous Online Defamation
The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Manson v John Doe (2013 ONSC 628) offers an opportunity to reflect on both the procedures and outcomes of pursuing court actions for anonymous online defamation. The factual background to the case is relatively straightforward (if somewhat disturbing): the defendant engaged in what the court described as “an anonymous electronic campaign of libel” against the plaintiff; the “defendant” remains anonymous – as the court notes, it is unclear whether there is one defendant or multiple defendants and it remains unclear where the defendant(s) are located. . . ._________________________

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