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Facebook and Legal Ethics

I recently filed a post about a request for production of the contents of a party’s Facebook page in the context of a personal injury claim. It was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of circumventing this procedure by obtaining the same information by other means. In an April

Job Action

The Criminal Lawyers Association has announced that members with more than ten years experience or the qualifications to represent clients in serious criminal cases will no longer accept legal aid certificates in cases of homicide or complex matters involving guns and gangs. This important effort is meant to highlight the woefully inadequate legal aid tariff

A Little Humour

Given the recent retirement of U.S. Supreme Court justice David Souter, we will soon be treated to the spectacle that is the confirmation process for the proposed nominee. Anyone recalling the hearings for Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas will know that the process is ripe for either reform or satire. As to the latter, author

Car Accidents in the United States and Legal Actions in Ontario

On May 14, 2009, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released a decision in a case that I was involved in on behalf of the plaintiffs. The decision, Silvestri v. Hardy, 2009 ONCA 400, concerned an action brought in Ontario as result of a car accident in Michigan. The plaintiff resides in Hamilton and has

Conrad Black’s Petition for Certiorari

As has been widely reported, the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear Conrad Black and his co-defendants Jack Boultbee and Mark Kipnis’s appeals of their convictions in a Chicago court. The Petition for Certiorari, what we would call an Application for Leave to Appeal, can be viewed at Scotus Blog and is worth looking