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Remembrance Day

Legal institutions across Canada mark Remembrance Day with special services. Last night in Toronto, for example, the Law Society of Upper Canada held a special Convocation ceremony in which those law students killed in World War I before their Call to the Bar, were given an honorary Call.

Sobeys’ Competition counsel on Sobeys/Safeway “Top Deal of 2013”

Paul Collins of Stikeman Elliott LLP led the Competition team for Sobeys in its acquisition last year of Safeway – our Lexpert Top Deal of 2013. The overall “challenge” according to Collins was to “proceed through the Competition Bureau’s review of the transaction in as timely a fashion as possible.” Not only was it a

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U.S. University Offers “North American” law degree

In the March issue of Lexpert, Last Word columnist Paul Paton — whose legal academic career straddles the border — takes an amusing look at Arizona State University’s new “North American” law degree, which will be offered in September. The new J.D., Paton writes, “will allow new graduates to immediately seek licensure in Canada and

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Class-action lawyers focus their attack on M&A

A study by Cornerstone Research shows that, in 2012, plaintiff-side class-action lawyers in the U.S. challenged 96% of all public-company M&A worth more than $500 million. On average, over 5 lawsuits were filed two weeks after each merger announcement. Stanford Law School’s Robert Daines says the data obviously calls into question the merit of these

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Law firms turning to partners for financing: American Lawyer

It’s hard times out there. So hard, in fact, that law firms are increasingly looking to their own partners — and not financial institutions — for favourable terms on capital infusions, according to an article published this month by The American Lawyer magazine. AmLaw interviewed dozens of managers at top U.S. firms to investigate the

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Justice Michael Tulloch Wins Lincoln Alexander Award

Toronto, Feb. 7, 2013 – The Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA) at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School will present the inaugural The Honourable Lincoln Alexander ’53 Award to Mr. Justice Michael Tulloch ‘89, for his leadership, vision and passionate dedication to the community, as part of Osgoode’s Black History Month celebrations. In 2012, Justice

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ACC launches B.C. chapter for in-house counsel

(From Legal Feeds Blog) — The Association of Corporate Counsel has formed a chapter in British Columbia to serve Vancouver and surrounding area. It makes B.C the third ACC Canadian chapter alongside Ontario and Quebec. “Having a new chapter in British Columbia will provide its members with both a local and global network of the

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Lego mini-action figures do battle: Is it a guy thing?

Danish toymaker Lego is suing Best-Lock Construction Toys Inc., a Hong-Kong-based up-start in the mini-action figure business. Canadian IP lawyer Barry Sookman tweeted about the toy fight, linking to an article from  (the suit was launched in Hartford, CT, Federal Court). It’s a fascinating read about the history of the iconic toy and the

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