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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Universal NDA coming? | Dismissal damages breach 24-month barrier | FC approves largest Canadian LFA ever | NextGen Roster: younger, affordable arbitrators

By Julius Melnitzer | April 21, 2021 Standardized NDA imminent? The world may see a “universally standardised” template for non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in just a few weeks. According to the Law Society Gazette. the OneNDA initiative, founded by The Law Boutique in the UK in February, now has the support of three magic circle firms […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Crown seeks juror challenge for transgender bias | Dismissed: first privacy class action heard on merits | Young lawyers suicidal | GC workload crisis: EY | Painworth expands | Best law firm webinars

By Julius Melnitzer | April 8, 2021 Dismissed: first privacy class action heard on the merits Quebec Superior Court Justice Florence Lucas has dismissed the first class action regarding the loss of personal information that has been heard on the merits in Canada. Anne Merminod in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s office in Montreal, lead counsel […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: OCA boosts prisoners, Divisional Court boots disabled | Condo developers don’t have fiduciary duties | OCA forces OSC to disgorge dilatory transcripts | Best law firm bulletins

By Julius Melnitzer | April 5, 2021 Divisional Court: government has no duty to be competent In dismissing a class action by developmentally disabled adults seeking only what they were due under Ontario law, the Divisional Court confirmed what we already knew: the government of Ontario has no duty to administer its mandates competently. The […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Lawyers’ rights & dating sites; No consent, no videoconference, says OCA; Alexander Holburn joins Legalign; Best law firm webinars & bulletins

By Julius Melnitzer | March 31, 2021 Lawyers’ dating sites Can’t find love because practising law takes too much out of you? Try Lawyr, the UK-based international dating site “For lawyers and the people who want to date them”. The Times says the site “is perfect for those seeking a brief encounter”. Lawyers, says Jonathan […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: U.K. leaves GDPR; Mortgage broker licensing requirements exemptions; Arbitration & the pandemic; EAPO launches pharmaceutical register

By Julius Melnitzer | March 16, 2021 U.K. abandons GDPR U.K. culture secretary Oliver Dowden says the country will strike its own data adequacy agreements with other countries. Although the U.K. has already secured such an agreement, still in draft, with the EU, it does not intend to “copy and paste” the EU’s rulebook, known […]

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Bare Bones Briefs: UN, OECD say lawyers are “professional enablers” of crime; Consumers love lawyers’ online reviews; SCC to decide whether Jordan applies to disciplinary cases; OCA & SCJ public outreach is pathetic; ABA supports commercial arbitration

By Julius Melnitzer | March 3, 2021 UN, OECD: lawyers are “professional enablers” of crime Law Society Gazette reports that both the U.N. High Panel on International Financial Accountability and an OECD report on Ending the Shell Game describe lawyers as “professional enablers” of illicit financial flows. Needless to say, the International Bar Association protested, […]

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Bare Bones Briefs: No FLA claims in bankruptcy; Drabinsky loses house; Codina stays in jail; Mediation reports key to class action approvals

By Julius Melnitzer | February 24, 2021 Bankruptcy trustee can’t initiate FLA equalization claims The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a trustee in bankruptcy cannot initiate a claim for recovery of a Family Law Act equalization entitlement. The court focused on the exclusion of property that is “personal as between the parties” from […]

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Bare Bones Briefs: Al Jazeera SLAPPs Rebel News; Uber drivers are employees; Duncan Card’s new book; Music for recruiting lawyers

By Julius Melnitzer | February 19, 2021 Media battle: Al-Jazeera SLAPPs far right Rebel News Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera has fought off a defamation suit by Rebel News, founded by Ezra Levant. Rebel claimed that Al Jazeera’s allegations linking Rebel’s reputation to violent acts was defamatory. Al Jazeera sought dismissal, arguing that the action […]

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Bare Bones Briefs: COPA awards; SCC’s Côté on women’s rights; SCC on Duffy’s appeal; Gowling’s new software; Convicts can keep PlayStations; and new SCC rules for contractual damages

February 4, 2021 | By Julius Melnitzer The Lawyer’s Daily and Julius Melnitzer win COPA silver for best investigative series LegalWriter.net’s Julius Melnitzer, writing for The Lawyer’s Daily, has won the Canadian Online Publishers Awards’ silver prize for best investigative series in the 2021 business media. The series consisted of five articles on Justice and […]

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