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May 22, 2009

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...

May 20, 2009

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...

May 19, 2009

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...

May 15, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom

The conduct of a trial is not for the faint of heart. It is stressful, time consuming work. In its March 2009 cover story entitled “7 over 70, Lions of the Trial Bar”, the American Bar Association Journal profiled seven of the most distinguished trial lawyers in the United States, all of them over 70...

May 14, 2009

Disturbing Allegations

The Globe & Mail is reporting today on a case of alleged corruption involving participants in the Ontario justice system. The case started out as an investigation into fraud at Bombardier Inc. and has since expanded to include a member of the Ontario Provincial Police and a Toronto Crown Prosecutor. Included among the charges against...