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- Trials & Tribulations
The viability of price-fixing class actions brought on behalf of indirect purchasers was in legal limbo for a decade, particularly after the Ontario Court of Appeal denied certification in Chadha v. Bayer Inc.. But the long-awaited decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada in a trilogy of price-fixing class actions, Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corp., Sun‑Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Co., and Infineon Technologies AG v. Option consommateurs, have finally put to rest the uncertainty over whether such actions are tenable.
You may not like what you’re going to read here. Maybe you should stop reading. And that’s OK. Not sure that I fully like it myself. But what is going to happen is unstoppable. That’s why I’ve written a response to Tony Wilson’s recent column “492,529 reasons to say no to merging with the U.S.”
- The Accidental Mentor
A book review in last month’s online magazine Quartz credits the meteoric success of Apple to the willingness of Phil Schiller (SVP marketing) and Jon Rubenstein (SVP hardware engineering) to defy the late Steve Jobs. They did this by introducing iTunes for Microsoft Windows.
Written by Debra Forman Posted Date: October 28th, 2013
- Letter from Law Law Land
- Class Acts
- The Future Files
As I have been trying to impress upon readers of this column since starting to write here earlier this year, in my opinion every lawyer should have a minimum level of technology skills and office setup. While many aspects of the process involved in creating legal work can and should be delegated to staff, some aspects ought to be done by the lawyer. It is a matter of efficiency, quality of work, and even more broadly — competency.
- The government moves to ‘clarify’ the composition of the Supreme Court of Canada
Sometimes after dinner, my two-year old daughter asks for a snack. We will offer her a choice: a cookie or applesauce. One night she may choose the cookie, and the next night she may choose the applesauce. But, you can bet that no matter which one she chooses, once she is done, she asks for the other snack too. I try to tell her that this is asking for too much, but, more often than not, she wins.
- David Paul’s Field Notes
I recently presented a CLE course that examined the different apps, benefits, and features of the leading smartphones for lawyers. There are three leading choices for lawyers: the BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android phones.
For more than two decades, I have worked with a select group of clients to help them achieve their financial goals in the most efficient manner possible. I have built my business based on a solid value proposition and service offering. I have applied a transparent compensation structure so clients can understand that I have worked to remove any conflicts of interest — real or perceived — to ensure there is no incentive to do anything but offer the best advice possible.