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. Wise Law Blog  2. Off the Shelf  3. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog  4. Slater Vecchio Connected  5. BC Injury Law & ICBC Claims Blog

Wise Law Blog
140Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, April 5, 2013
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, April 5, 2013: • North Carolina – Law firm fell victim to phishing scam, made $336K Russia wire transfer, bank alleges • Future of law includes big data, bigger competition and global jurisdictions . . .

Off the Shelf
Sticks and stones?
Everybody knows the old schoolyard chant of “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”. However, lately there seems to have been a spate of high-profile cases of (alleged) defamation and libel, with varying degrees of success. While the idea of defending one’s honour typically conjures up visions of duels (including the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and American Vice President Aaron Burr), given that shooting people – whether it is in defence of honour or not – is typically frowned upon in modern society, recourse is now more typically found in the courts. . . .

University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
Mayoral Madness
So it seems that once someone succeeds, the copycats are not too far behind. The initial success against the Mayor of Toronto, has spurred similar action against the mayor of Winnipeg, but with less successful results. Part of me likes it when elected officals are held accountable, but . . .

Slater Vecchio Connected
Boxing Bans Headgear to Reduce Concussions
Remove headgear from boxing to reduce concussions? Seems counterproductive, but that’s exactly what the International Boxing Association has done. BBC Sport reports that researchers believe removing headgear will deter boxers from using their head as a weapon or hitting opponents as hard since they would feel less protected. Headgear also . . .

BC Injury Law & ICBC Claims Blog
ICBC Application To Withdraw Liability Admission Denied
Rule 7-7(5) allows a party to withdraw a formal admission by consent or with permission of the Court. When it comes to an admission of liability obtaining the Court’s permission can be an uphill battle as was demonstrated in reasons for judgement released this week by the BC Supreme Court, Victoria Registry. In this week’s case (Miller v. Norris) the Defendant had a heart attack while driving a vehicle He struck a traffic pole which was launched into the Plaintiff’s vehicle causing injury. ICBC initially looked at the liability situation and . . .

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