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. The Court  2. Combat Sports Law  3. 4. FamilyLLB  5. Administrative Law Matters

The Court
The Sorry Tale of Mr. Henry

Mr. Henry is an average person with an average life. Then one day, he is convicted of 10 sexual offences, declared a dangerous offender and sentenced to indefinite imprisonment. He spends the next 27 years in prison, writing dozens of appeals and requests, and, presumably, spending the rest of his time thinking about the cosmic unfairness of the universe and what he has done to deserve all this (which is nothing really). …

Combat Sports Law
Minority Bellator Shareholder Sues Viacom Alleging Diverted Income

This week Koloni, Reklam, Sanayi, Tigater LTD, a minority shareholder of Bellator Sport Worldwide LLC, sued the company’s majority owner in the Superior Court of California. The lawsuit alleges that since December 2011, when Viacom purchased a controlling interest in the company, the media giant has failed to provide the plaintiff with proper financial statements and further that they diverted “income to its affiliated companies while purposefully obscuring the terms of these (in cage) advertising contracts.” …
“Inspired by the Past, We Shape the Future”

Recent terrorist and/or militant incidents have focused on universities and schools, assumed, by some, to be a desirable target for extremists because of their symbolic value. Another motivation for such attacks may be that education itself is viewed as an antidote to the spread of extremism, and suppressing education may be seen as a means of gaining control over the population — a theory expressed by Malala Yousafzai, from Pakistan, who, at the age of 15, was shot in the face on a school bus for advocating for education for girls. …

You Be the Judge (Part 2): Should Grandmother Be Included in Kid’s Custody Award?

In our recent blog we asked our readers to consider how they themselves would rule in light of the facts in a recent case called McGlade v Henry. It featured two of young parents whose 4-year old child received an exceptional level of care, financial support, and emotional guidance from his grandmother on the father’s side. The grandmother had teamed up with the child’s father to ask the court for three-way joint custody (i.e. mother, father and grandmother); however the mother resisted and asked the court to grant her sole custody instead. …

Administrative Law Matters
Who Should Decide Procedural Fairness Questions?

The latest contributor to the growing literature on deference and procedural fairness is Adrian Vermeule in “Deference and Due Process“: In the textbooks, procedural due process is a strictly judicial enterprise; although substantive entitlements are created by legislative and executive action, it is for courts to decide independently what process the Constitution requires. The notion that procedural due process might be committed primarily to the discretion of the agencies themselves is almost entirely absent from the academic literature. …


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