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About David Cheifetz

David Cheifetz was once a civil litigation litigator, first in Ontario and later in British Columbia, and also once an occasional author on legal topics; primarily on causation or contribution. His blog, "The 4th Monkey", at, is where you'll now (usually) find his (some might say) overly analytical musings. He retired from practice in early 2016 in order to "read law" for another graduate degree at Oxford. Why Oxford? At least because the gargoyles are better and the weather isn't much worse than Vancouver's.

Posts by David Cheifetz

Trumped, for Now

Judicial Lineups and “Festivus” Presents

Slow Aether in Ontario, Too

The Tragedy of Medical Negligence

Appellate Lawyers Take Heed

On Ronald Coase

Corporate Capital Punishment in Ontario

Statistics: The Point Is?

A Koan for Clements

Snarks and Boojums

Announcing the “deClawedbies”

R. v. TELUS Communications Co., 2013 SCC 16

Mexico Is Where?

Greed IS Good

Ronald Dworkin

We Don’t Trust You to Obey the Law

If the Mouse Roared, Then the Court Whimpered

Slaw’s First (?) Judicial Citation

Ediger v. Johnston, SCC Case No. 34408

Negligence in the Air

Two Passers, Two Hunters