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. AvoidAClaim Blog 2. Legal Post 3. Pension & Benefits Law 4. Double Aspect 5. Canadian Appeals Monitor

AvoidAClaim Blog
Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 6 (Conclusion): Managing Our Traits

We have seen in this 6-part series that we, as lawyers, exhibit a number of traits that help us in the practice of law but hurt us in the management and business of a law firm. Lawyers tend to score high on measurements of skepticism, autonomy, and urgency, while scoring low on measurements of sociability and resilience. Taken together, we face an uphill battle to keep turnover low, keep colleagues happy, and maintain civility across the profession….

Legal Post
Drew Hasselback: Corporate Canada wins one in the battle for securities class actions

The securities class action pendulum has swung back in favour of public companies. This is the surprising conclusion that emerges from last week’s Supreme Court of Canada decision dismissing a proposed securities class action against Montreal-based pharmaceutical company Theratechnologies Inc. In a 7-0 decision written by Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, the court blocked an action that had alleged the company failed to issue timely disclosure about a step in the U.S. regulatory approval process for a proposed HIV drug. …

Pension & Benefits Law
Solvency Reserve Accounts – Further Considerations for Alberta and BC Plans (Part II)

In Part I of this series, we considered issues related to setting up a solvency reserve account (SRA) for an Alberta (and eventually British Columbia) defined benefit plan, SRA withdrawals and multi-jurisdictional plans. In this post we will discuss sponsor versus administrator roles and who is authorized to establish and make withdrawals from an SRA. …

Double Aspect
What Happened?

Last week, I explained why the Barreau, Québec’s law society, may ― or may not ― have in effect reversed the outcome of l’Affaire Nadon, which prevented the appointment to one of Québec’s seats on the Supreme Court of judges occupying one of Québec’s seats on the federal courts. Unlike its predecessor provision, section 139 of the Barreau’s new Code of Professional Conduct of Lawyers, which came into force about one month ago, does not bar all judges from remaining members, but only those who sit on of the courts named in Québec’s Courts of Justice Act and full-time municipal judges. …

Canadian Appeals Monitor
The SCC Monitor (24/04/2015)

Since our last post, the Supreme Court has released a number of significant decisions, including a decision about the standard of review applicable to statutory appeals and the test for civil contempt. It also dismissed two applications for leave to appeal in cases of particular interest to Canadian businesses, regarding what constitutes sufficient proof of illegal insider trading and whether Canadian courts have jurisdiction over secondary market misrepresentation class actions when the shares were purchased on a foreign exchange….


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