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A Sweeter World?

Photo by Ron Lach at Pexels By Murray Gottheil | February 20, 2024 I was speaking to a university student the other day whom I will call Lara.  Lara told me that she occasionally has a super nice dinner at her friend Kim’s expense. It seems that sometimes Kim meets a sugar daddy who treats her […]

Is Someone Out to Get You?

Photo by RDNE Stock project at Pexels By Murray Gottheil | February 19, 2023 Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you – Joseph Heller In some law firms there are politics among the partners. Someone wants to be the managing partner or win the compensation committee contest, and they need to accumulate friends […]

Court of Appeal upholds $1.5 million punitive damages award in LTD claims case

By: Julius Melnitzer | February 3, 2024 The Ontario Court of Appeal’s affirmation of a $1.5 million punitive damages award — reportedly the largest of its kind in a Canadian long-term disability case — may signal greater exposure for employers and insurers that fail in their duty to treat such claims in good faith. “The court had no […]

BARE BONES BRIEFS: “Most positively reviewed” lawyer faces new misconduct allegations | Law firm openly adopts slippery slope | Calling colleague “pathetic human” is professional misconduct | FCA boosts climate litigation | FC certifies “older inmates” class action

By Julius Melnitzer | January 31, 2024 SAMFIRU TO FACE MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS IN ALBERTA Lior Samfiru, the Toronto-based national co-managing partner of employment law boutique Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, a firm that claims to be the “most positively reviewed employment law firm in Canada”, must now contend with allegations of professional misconduct in Alberta in addition […]

Worrying For Godot

By Murray Gottheil | January 30, 2024 Photo by Keira Burton at Pexels When I practiced law, I worried a lot.  I worried about making a mistake on my files. I worried that I was too busy.  I worried that I was not busy enough. I even worried for the people at my firm who were […]

Judges as gatekeepers of expert evidence

By Julius Melnitzer | January 29, 2024 This article was produced in partnership with Bogoroch & Associates LLP The approach of Canadian courts to expert evidence has undergone a sea change since the 2015 decision in White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton Co., where the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that an expert’s awareness of […]

Express Entry Explained: A Step-by-Step Guide to Canadian Immigration

By Harinder Singh | January 26, 2024 Express Entry is the system by which the Canadian Government invites candidates who have shown interest in immigrating to Canada to apply for permanent residency. The federal system primarily engages three economic programs: All Express Entry candidates must meet the eligibility criteria and have the minimum number of […]

Top 10 business decisions of 2023, Part II – and the Law Firm Players

By Julius Melnitzer | January 23, 2024 What follows is Part II of Law360 Canada’s annual list of the country’s Top 10 business decisions ranking cases 1-5 in ascending order. Part I, which ranked cases 6-10, was published earlier. 5. Markowich v. Lundin Mining Corporation; Peters v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (ONCA) These sister cases represent the Ontario Court of […]

Math at the End of Days

Photo by Ana Arantes at Pexels By Murray Gottheil | January 22, 2024 Let’s say that Mike is a partner at his firm. He stays for many years and builds a substantial client base. And while we are making things up, let’s assume that Mike has been a team player and introduced his clients to his partners […]

Decision raises questions about dependent contractors’ entitlement to reasonable notice

By Julius Melnitzer | January 19, 2024 A recent Canada Industrial Relations Board decision has raised questions about the threshold that individuals must meet to be considered dependent contractors who are therefore entitled to reasonable notice on termination without just cause. Dependent contractors, while not formally considered employees because of the degree of control and […]

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