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Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster.  File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster. File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Almost two years after a tragic train derailment and explosion hit the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Que., lawyers are set to gather in a Sherbrooke court this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
A Vancouver-based mining company is arguing that protesters hurt outside one of their subsidiary locations in Guatemala in 2013 should not be able to sue them in Canada for injuries sustained during that protest.
Lyndsay Wasser says there is generally a lack of understanding by employers as to how privacy laws apply to their workers.
Lyndsay Wasser says there is generally a lack of understanding by employers as to how privacy laws apply to their workers.
In an effort to boost information security levels and impress its new mayor, a municipality in British Columbia learned the hard way that employee privacy trumps security.
Going paperless made tracking invoicing more efficient and effective.
Going paperless made tracking invoicing more efficient and effective.
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time consuming task for any legal department, but especially so when you’re managing the legal affairs of a pharmaceutical company with many external providers. Catching mistakes can be a challenge, but reviewing each bill in an efficient way is critical to getting a real handle on legal spending.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgIt used to be a common understanding in the legal community that the road toward an in-house position required that you first pay your dues within a law firm as an articling student and then as an associate. This was seen as the only way of learning to apply the law and slowly understanding what the client needed and how the lawyer was able to meet these needs.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn the wake of the corporate scandals in the late 1990s and early 2000s involving misappropriation of resources, bribery, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and other such shenanigans, there was a large public outcry on the part of shareholders, the media, the regulators, the government, and other community stakeholders asking “where were in-house counsel, were they asleep at the wheel?”
Peter Mantas says this case should give the Competition Bureau pause in how it investigates and prosecutes.
Peter Mantas says this case should give the Competition Bureau pause in how it investigates and prosecutes.
A group of Ottawa-based technology providers have won a major victory over the Competition Bureau following an eight-month trial and what is being called one of the biggest bid-rigging cases of its kind in Canadian history.
Monday, 20 April 2015 08:00

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgPeople expect most lawyers to be type A personalities. The assumption is the lawyer will be the loudest person in the room, the person not afraid to speak up when necessary and, most importantly, the person who looks for the spotlight in every occasion. However, the reality is often very different than the expectation.
Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
When it comes to the protection of privilege around internal investigations, in-house counsel need to stickhandle the issue carefully especially in light of some recent cases on both sides of the border.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn-house counsel play an important role in ensuring their clients exercise appropriate corporate governance — “appropriate” being the operative word. Applying big company practices holus bolus to start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises can be as inappropriate as shooting from the hip and ignoring tried and true governance practices which have benefited companies as they have scaled.
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