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Monday, 27 May 2013 08:00 Written by Mitchell Rose
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:56 Written by Danielle Lemon
If it took you some time to get your head around Interac e-mail transfers, PayPal, or other forms of electronic payment, just wait until you meet Bitcoin. The latest darling of IT journalists, now including yours truly, Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that’s been around since 2008 but has quickly been gaining mainstream attention, and, more significantly, usage as concerns over the economy and stability of state-issued currency seems to be mounting worldwide.
You may have heard about (or read) the report recently submitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada entitled “Leaving Law and Barriers to Re-Entry” by Queen’s University professor Fiona Kay and PhD candidates Stavey Alarie and Jones Adjei. I received the law society e-mail containing the link to the report, but admittedly, didn’t review it.
Monday, 13 May 2013 09:47 Written by Margaret L. Waddell
I’m sure there is nothing that warms the bottom of the heart of class action defendants more than seeing a mass exodus of potential class members from the proceeding following certification. Fewer class members mean reduced exposure to the payment of damages. And if enough people opt out, it could effectively render the class proceeding economically unviable from the perspective of class counsel. That, in turn, could lead to an early and lower settlement, or in an extreme case, a discontinuance of the proceeding or successful motion to decertify.
A sense of humour is an endearing quality, even in a lawyer. It can help you win the confidence of clients and colleagues. A flash of wit can signify a mastery of the facts. Lack of humour can be interpreted as being uncomfortable with the facts, like trousers that are too small. Too much humour, on the other hand, is like too much drink: it makes a display of the speaker at the expense of the subject matter.
Monday, 13 May 2013 08:00 Written by Steve Simpson and Stephanie Neate
A recent Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench decision, Branco v. American Home Assurance Co., awarded aggravated and punitive damages in the millions against the insurers. This case attracted the attention of everyone in the insurance industry due to the high awards: a total of $450,000 in aggravated and $4.5 million in punitive damages were awarded against AIG (American Home Assurance) and Zurich Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
As a lawyer, when I hear about human rights abuses my reflex is to seek legal solutions through criminal prosecution, a more human-rights-positive approach to interpretations of laws and regulations, and, when all else fails, new legislation. However, over the past year or two, I keep bumping into things that bring my attention to another form of resistance that is perhaps more accessible and more democratic — art.