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 sixty 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. Legal Feeds  2. IP Osgoode  3. Canadian Appeals Monitor  4. Canadian Legal Research Blog  5. Official Clio Blog

Legal Feeds
New Vancouver firm arises from Heenan’s ashes
Two of the world’s largest law firms are picking off lawyers from Heenan Blaikieas it moves to wind down in the biggest collapse of a law firm in the country’s history. The demise of the firm has already resulted in the creation of a new litigation and labor-focused law firm — Gall Legge Grant & Munroe, based in Vancouver. That firm will count Heenan Blaikie founder Roy Heenan, former Supreme Court justice Michel Bastarache, and former British Columbia attorney general Geoff Plant in its ranks. Andrea Zwack, one of the firm’s founding partner said: “We are excited about our team. I am proud to be working with a very fine group of lawyers and we all look forward to providing the very highest level of service to our clients.” . . .

IP Osgoode
Part 1: Transplanting the Canadian UGC Exception to Hong Kong
In July 2013, the Hong Kong government conducted a public consultation on the treatment of parody under the copyright regime. Building on two earlier consultations on digital copyright reform in December 2006 and April 2008, this latest consultation identified three legislative options: (1) clarifying the threshold for criminal copyright infringement; (2) introducing a specific criminal exemption for parody, satire, caricature, pastiche or similar work; and (3) introducing a fair dealing exception for these types of works. . . .

Canadian Appeals Monitor
“Stop and Identify” Yourself, to Avoid Personal Liability when Acting on Behalf of a Company
Third parties must know exactly who they are entering into a contract with, especially when dealing with a limited liability company. That said, the identity of the true contracting party may not be clear when an officer, director or employee of a company is negotiating on behalf of the company. Indeed, third parties are generally entitled to believe that these individuals are dealing on their own behalf, rather than on behalf of a company to which they are outsiders. Therefore, in order to avoid personal liability, it is imperative to identify the company you are acting for!

Canadian Legal Research Blog
WestlawNext Canada: search options and tips for effective searching
Over the next several months the WestlawNext Canada (WLNC) platform will be rolled out to existing subscribers, and made available to new subscribers. Law students on academic accounts will not have access until September 2014, but faculty will have access before then. This is the first of several posts that will explore selected features of WLNC. Plain language and Boolean searching: The “plain language” search engine is the default search method in WLNC, when using the main search box at the top of the page. However, it is easy to run a Boolean search in that box if you prefer. . . .

Official Clio Blog
Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise and Beyond – A Rebel’s Perspective
I had the pleasure of reading an article by Matt Asay entitled: IT’s Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption last week. I thought I’d give my perspective as a proud member of that disruptive and subversive cohort that continually ignored IT’s missives. Whether this was about rejecting their demands to use a dumbed down ‘feature’ phone or the idle threat that I would not be supported in future. I happily ignored their warnings and used my own device and even my own software – because it allowed me to work at a velocity the organisation needed, not what it was currently capable of. . . .

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