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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 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. Rule of Law  2. Combat Sports Law 3. Environmental Law and Litigation  4. Legal Post  5. IP Osgoode

Rule of Law
Can You Revoke a Quebec Notarial Will by Destroying a True Copy?

A notary in Quebec always retains the original of a notarial will and registers it under the Quebec Civil Code. Despite the usual rule in British Columbia that an executor must probate the original will, an exception is made for Quebec notarial wills, in which case, under section 36(1) of the Evidence Act, you may probate a copy that is certified by a notary as a true copy of the original. I have written about this before. …

Combat Sports Law
Minimum Statutory Damages Awarded After UFC 155 Piracy

In my continued efforts documenting prosecutions following alleged Pay Per View piracy, reasons for judgement were released this week by the United States District Court, N.D. California, assessing damages following piracy of UFC 155. In today’s case (Joe Hand Promotions Inc v. Munoz) the Defendant aired UFC 155 without purchasing a commercial sub licence from the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff sued and obtained default judgement….

Environmental Law and Litigation
2014 Pesticide Prosecution “Roundup”

Earlier this summer we reported that Ontario Pesticide Act prosecutions have become infrequent since the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOE) stopped having specialized pesticide enforcement staff. Now that the season is soon to change over, we decided to take a look at the year’s violation reports to see if MOE’s intentions with respect to pesticide enforcement have changed.,,,

Legal Post
Drew Hasselback: Comparing takeover defences between Canada and the U.S.

The bid by Laval, Que.-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. for California-based Allergan Inc. offers Canadian observers a chance to see what hostile takeovers might look like when the target is located in the U.S….

IP Osgoode
African Patent Offices Not Fit for Purpose

Patents are public documents, issued to inventors by individual states, certifying that the named inventor has been granted a limited monopoly to exclude other persons from working, selling or using an identified invention without the consent or permission of the inventor or her/his assignees or successors-in-title during the lifespan of the patent. …

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