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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. Precedent  2. SOQUIJ Blogue  3. BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims B  4. Legal Post  5. Legal Feeds

Precedent
Precedent opens the TSX
Melissa Kluger, Precedent’s editor and publisher, opened the Toronto Stock Exchange this morning to mark tomorrow night’s AIDSbeat Rock & Roll Circus. Precedent is a proud media sponsor of the event, now in its 18th year, which raises money for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. At this year’s circus-themed show, law-firm bands will battle for the adulation of legal professionals from across Toronto and two celebrity judges — TV-contractor Mike Holmes and the National Post’s Drew Hasselback. . . .

SOQUIJ Blogue
Ces «maires» responsables de certains maux ou l’origine de lésions psychologiques dans le milieu municipal
Alors que les gestes des maires de diverses municipalités du Québec sont scrutés à la loupe, l’idée m’est venue de vous faire part de jugements dans lesquels des lésions professionnelles psychologiques ont été reconnues chez des travailleurs, notamment en raison de l’attitude du maire. Dans A et Municipalité A, un inspecteur municipal s’est vu reconnaître un trouble de l’adaptation avec humeur anxiodépressive et une dépression majeure alors qu’il alléguait avoir été victime de harcèlement de la part de citoyens, et ce, avec la complicité de la nouvelle mairesse. . . .

BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims B
Coughing Rib Injury Case Not “Too Complex” For Jury Trial
Reasons for judgement were published today by the BC Supreme Court, Kelowna Registry, addressing whether a unique causation issue in a personal injury claim was too complex for a jury.

In today’s case (Jackson v. Yusishen) the Plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant’s truck in 2009. The Plaintiff sustained some injuries and sued for damages. Some 6 months following the crash the plaintiff “coughed and the pain in his chest and back suddenly increased in intensity“. He was ultimately diagnosed with “one or two fractured ribs…hernias of the intercostal area and of the diaphragm“. He had multiple surgeries to correct these complications that had not been successful. The biggest issue for trial was for the jury to decide whether the ribs were compromised in the collision and whether the collision caused or contributed to the ultimate complications the Plaintiff was diagnosed with. The Defendant elected trial by Jury. . . .

Legal Post
Canada ratifies World Bank’s ICSID Convention
Canada has confirmed its ratification of the World Bank’s ICSID Convention by depositing its “Instrument of Ratification” with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes on Nov. 1, 2013. “This is terrific news for Canada and Canadian companies,” says Barry Leon of Ottawa’s Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP. The Convention will become law in Canada on Dec. 1, 2013, almost seven years since the country signed it on Dec. 15, 2006, and more than five years since Parliament passed implementing legislation in March 2008. . . .

Legal Feeds
‘Middle step’ needed between non-co-operation and LSUC prosecution: Trudell
When it comes to dealing with lawyers who do not cooperate with Law Society of Upper Canada investigations, the regulator should consider another step before launching a formal prosecution, according to a Toronto defence lawyer. Bill Trudell, who often represents lawyers before law society discipline hearing panels, says duty counsel should first intervene and reach out to the lawyer who is the subject of investigation. “There needs to be a middle step, I think there should be an intervening step,” he says. Trudell suggests creating a group of lawyers who offer to contact the person who is not responding to see whether they can help. . . .
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