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Archive for December, 2008

BCE Decision Released

The Supreme Court of Canada this morning released its reasons for judgment in BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders, 2008 SCC 69. Oddly, this doesn’t yet appear to have received much coverage in the news sites. Perhaps we’re all eager to get home early and shovel our driveways?

Having not yet finished digesting the decision, I can’t say much. There’s a wealth of interesting and essential material here: a restatement of the directors’ fiduciary duty to the corporation, and the extent to which consideration of other stakeholders’ interests may enter into that duty; the “business judgment” rule; the obligation . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Friday Fillip

A snow day across much of the country today, a day at any event for taking it easy as the holidays approach. So nothing of any moment in the fillip today. In fact today it’s a Friday Flip.

Flip is a game devised to show some of the things that can be done with Adobe Air. But for us, today, it’s simply a game. You can play it online, or you can download it to run on your desktop, if you have Air installed. The idea is simply to cause tiles to flip so that three of a kind lie . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Seasons Greetings 2008

♫ Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way…♫

Words and music by James Lord Pierpont.

At this time of the year I would like to wish each and everyone the Best of the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. This upcoming year will be a challenging one and as such I hope for Peace, Hope and Happiness for all.

As has become my tradition, at this time as my gift to you I offer a few minutes of reflection. I hope this slide show and music . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous and Usage Statistics

CALI – the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction has been mentioned a few times here at Slaw * *. I was reminded about CALI recently by a post of the top ten fall semester 2008 lessons at the Law Librarian Blog.

The CALI site has an interesting first page – a list shows the frequently used material for the day, and week by the student subgroup- 1L, 2/3L and there is a link to more zeitgeist1 at the bottom of the page. One of the zeitgeist is the All Time Lesson Runs Since 2008-08-01. The following list, . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training

Uncertain What to Get That Special Someone for Christmas? Try WSLR!

The Call List-Serv is offering the Western Samoa Law Reports, 1930-1949 and 1970-1979 (2 volumes) free for the cost of shipment. Some Samoan cases are available online, though the Index is also on PacificLii.

Samoan law is described in PacificLii.

I’ve not found any reference to any Canadian court having considered a Western Samoan case. But it does seem sad that the inexorable rise of web-based caselaw has put this obscure bit of antipodean jurisprudence in the recycling hopper. Unless someone wants to claim it from the BC Courthouse Library. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Reading

New LegalWeb2.0 Column & Survey

An item I blogged about yesterday over at Stem, I am about to start a new role in 2009 as a column editor for the ABA LPM’s Law Practice magazine. The column will be called LegalWEB2.0, and is set to begin in the Jan/Feb issue. Here’s a small screen capture from the inaugural column:

Connected to this new role, I am hoping you’ll help one of our first columnists Doug Cornelius by taking a new survey on law firms that block social media websites via their proxy servers or firewall. If your firm blocks these sites, or even . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Technology, Technology: Internet

Dot Tel

There’s a new addition to the roster of domain name suffixes coming: .tel And it’s unique among extensions in at least a couple of ways. First, its distribution is in wholly private and commercial hands — you’ll pay to play — and second, it won’t locate a place on the web. Evidently, dot tel will lead to a collection of your resources located right on the domain name server, and what it serves up will depend on how you come to it and where you come from. The idea is to make the DNS emit information that is responsive to . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology

Access to Justice Network Guide to Prorogation

The Access to Justice Network, a public legal information network funded by the Alberta Law Foundation, recently posted material about the federal political crisis relating to prorogation that shook Parliament, the pundits and the people earlier this month.

Other recent material on the topic includes:

. . . [more]
Posted in: Substantive Law

Common Cases

I thought I’d take this opportunity to tap into Slaw’s coast-to-coast reach for a quick poll: how many courts across the country have created a rule/practice direction/notice to the profession that lists common cases and says they don’t have to be included in the case books filed by the parties? I was aware of such a list in Prince Edward Island, and I recently learned that such a practice has existed for some time in British Columbia and, more recently, before the Federal Court (though the current list appears to be limited to immigration matters). Where else? 

I . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Substantive Law

Also From Hein – Don’t Overlook the Classics

Wealth of comparative and historical material in Hein Online’s Classics.

I just stumbled over a book I never knew existed:

1884 W. T. S. Daniel, The History and Origin of the Law Reports,
Together with a Compilation of Various Documents Shewing the Progress and Result of Proceedings Taken for Their Establishment and the Condition of the Reports on the 31st December, 1883

We have been debating law reporting for longer than we suspected. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Reading, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

Newfoundland Standing Up for the Rights of Its People, or Opening the Way to Trade Disputes?

Yesterday the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador created history when it introduced and passed Bill 75 (now S.N.L. 2008, c. A-1.01), Abitibi-Consolidated Rights and Assets Act. The legislation takes away land and water rights, including ownership of all hydroelectricity rights from the generating station at Star Lake, and timber rights to forests on Crown land, from the U.S.-based company AbitibiBowater as of the end of March 2009 given to the company’s predecessor in 1909. Media are characterizing this both as “expropriation” and “repatriation” of the lands. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Australian Court Serves Documents via Facebook

So says Nick Abrahams in his similarly titled post of last week:

Today in what appears to be a first in Australia and perhaps the world, Master Harper of the ACT Supreme Court ordered that a default judgement could be served on defendants by notification on Facebook.

I wonder how long before this happens in Canada? After all, Canada is the country in the world with the highest Facebook penetration, as a percentage of its population… 29% in July 2008! Too bad Facebook doesn’t send back read receipts to lawyers serving documents on Facebook. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions