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Loose Lips Lead to Lost Cash

Written by Daniel Standing, LL.B., Content Editor, First Reference Inc.

Employers are no stranger to various forms of litigation like grievances, lawsuits and human rights complaints. Sometimes, these complaints proceed to a full hearing and decision, but not unfrequently, matters are settled by the parties without the need for a hearing. Usually, these settlements require the parties to keep the details confidential and not make any disparaging statements about the other party. A 2023 decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, HRTO 1138 (CanLII) illustrates a remedy that might be open to the employer if the employee breaches these . . . [more]

Posted in: Case Comment, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

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 more than 80 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. Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog 2. Canadian Privacy Law Blog OK 3. Know How 4. The Docket 5. ABlawg.ca

Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog
More Details on the UFCW-UBER Agreement

In this January 2022 post, I discussed the breaking news that UFCW and UBER Canada had reached some sort

. . . [more]
Posted in: Monday’s Mix

Summaries Sunday: Supreme Advocacy

One Sunday each month we bring you a summary from Supreme Advocacy LLP of recent decisions at the Supreme Court of Canada. Supreme Advocacy LLP offers a weekly electronic newsletter, Supreme Advocacy Letter, to which you may subscribe. It’s a summary of all Appeals, Oral Judgments and Leaves to Appeal granted from March 15 – May 15, 2024 inclusive.

Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Treaty Rights; Limitation Periods; Constitutional Declarations
Shot Both Sides v. Canada, 2022 FCA 20; 2024 SCC 12 (40153)

This appeal concerned whether the Blood Tribe’s TLE (treaty land entitlement) claim is barred by the six-year . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

PÉNAL (DROIT) : Dans le contexte où l’accusé faisait l’objet d’une plainte disciplinaire, parallèlement à une accusation criminelle, la syndic de l’Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec a divulgué notamment à l’enquêteuse, malgré des ordonnances de confidentialité, une décision de son conseil de discipline; puisque la décision de la juge de . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Risk Management Revisited (Again): Navigating the Frontier of AI Regulation

I am very happy to be writing for SLAW again after 10 years of absence. I ended my time with SLAW in 2014 writing about general practice management issues and return in 2024 with a specific focus on risk management for artificial intelligence. My last column was posted in 2014 and bore the title “Risk Management Revisited”. In that post I briefly discussed the value of risk management for law firms and set out some basic steps that firms could take to begin the risk management process. I also observed at that time that “[u]nfortunately, in my experience, . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

PÉNAL (DROIT) : Le tribunal rejette la requête en arrêt des procédures présentée par l’accusé, qui marchait sur un trottoir du centre-ville de Montréal avec un pistolet de marque Glock 19 caché dans un sac à bandoulière de type «man purse» avant d’être interpellé par les policiers; ces derniers avaient . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

AI Today: Grand Theft Auto or Public Benefactor?

“This is the largest theft in the United States, period.” Such is the judgment of author and scriptwriter Justine Bateman who has complained to the US Copyright Office that the AI industry has scraped her work, much as it has everything else, having exhausted Wikipedia and Reddit it is moving on YouTube transcripts and Google docs. This is what it takes to assemble the trillions of words needed to expand the training of ever-more-powerful Large Language Models (LLMs). As a result, Bateman’s complaint has become a common charge. Authors (notably Sarah Silverman and John Grisham), publishers (Universal Music . . . [more]

Posted in: Intellectual Property, Legal Publishing

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

PÉNAL (DROIT) : La juge de première instance n’a pas erré en condamnant l’accusée, une fraudeuse qui avait usurpé l’identité d’une autre personne, à une peine de 18 mois d’emprisonnement; l’accusée ne convainc pas la Cour que les accrocs procéduraux liés aux déclarations des victimes lui ont causé un préjudice . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Law Firm Failures — the New Normal?

Legal service is a business. Run it that way.

Many law firms are successful by accident.

Anyone who knows anything about traditional law firm structures knows they are perilously fragile. It doesn’t take much to bring them down.

Up until this latest debacle—the 2024 collapse of Minden Gross—Canada’s highest-profile law firm failures were Heenan Blaikie in 2014, Goodman and Carr in 2007, and Holden Day Wilson in 1996.

Canadian law firms are not alone in this plight. For example—and this is only a small sampling—lawyer exits and merger failure brought down U.S.-based Stroock & Stroock & Lavan at the end . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Marketing, Practice of Law

Delays in Access to Justice and Memories

Everyone is the poet of their memories. … But like the best poems, they’re also never really finished because they gain new meaning as time reveals them in different lights.

Richard Hell

The resolution of disputes does not always depend on the memories of parties or witnesses, but when credibility is at issue the memories of actions can be a critical part of resolving disputes. The more we learn about how memories are formed, and more importantly, how they are retained, the more we should have real concerns about the ability of decision-makers to assess credibility of testimony of events . . . [more]

Posted in: Dispute Resolution

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

PÉNAL (DROIT) : L’appel de la déclaration de délinquant dangereux prononcée à l’endroit de l’accusé est rejeté, et ce, bien que le juge de première instance ait mal énoncé l’état du droit et que la structure du jugement de détermination de la peine soit critiquable; la Cour n’y voit aucune . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Effective Use of Visual Aids in Mediation

The use of demonstrative or visual aids at mediation is more widely accepted by lawyers and mediators since the legal profession began its rapid embrace of technology. Arguably, the pandemic accelerated this implementation. The technology adoption started with the exchange of electronic mediation briefs, improved access to scanned documents, and the use of video software, like Zoom and Teams. Now, counsel more commonly use Power Point or slides and electronic documentation in their introductory remarks, and present demonstrative aids in their Mediation Briefs to bolster arguments by visual communication.

Through technology, counsel can now utilize a variety of demonstrative aids . . . [more]

Posted in: Dispute Resolution, Practice of Law