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ALERT

We are hearing about more and more cases where the time limitations for filing have lapsed due to a failure by a plaintiff’s legal representative to meet deadlines. Claimants should stay informed of what is happening with their files and forms and ask the questions about filing dates and limitations. Please see some of the decisions and articles listed at the bottom of this page for details

More information on choosing a lawyer or if you have issues with your legal bill here.

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Impaired driving changes could unfairly punish medical cannabis users, lawyers say

Canada’s proposed overhaul of federal impaired driving rules could unfairly criminalize medical cannabis users, according to an open letter to Ottawa signed by more than 50 criminal defence lawyers.

The letter, which warns that medical marijuana users could be unfairly punished under the proposed system, underscores the challenges to preventing high driving. Experts are divided on just how much THC – the principal psychoactive compound of cannabis – would make someone impaired, and the government is still developing a reliable way to conduct a roadside test.

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/impaired-driving-changes-could-unfairly-punish-medical-cannabis-users-lawyers-say/article36964228/

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LSUC to consider changes to contingency fees

A cap on contingency fees is currently off the table for the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The provincial regulator released a number of proposed changes to contingency fee rules Friday morning in an attempt to make the fees more transparent, fair and reasonable, but a cap was not among the recommendations.

http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/legalfeeds/author/alex-robinson/lsuc-to-consider-changes-to-contingency-fees-14907/

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SEVENTH REPORT OF THE ADVERTISING & FEE ARRANGMENTS ISSUES WORKING GROUP

INTRODUCTION: SEEKING ACCESS TO JUSTICE, FAIRNESS AND REASONABLENESS
1. In this seventh report to Convocation, the Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group (“Working Group”)1 reports its recommendations to date to enhance the operation of contingency fees in Ontario.

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Personal Injury Payment Structures: Why You Benefit from a Contingency Fee

With a contingency fee structure, you don’t pay anything unless you recover compensation for your damages. Our fee will consist of a percentage of your settlement. In addition, we lay out all legal costs throughout the case, allowing you to put your financial resources to medical bills and rehabilitation.

http://www.findlaylaw.ca/blog/personal-injury-payment-structures-why-you-benefit-from-a-contingency-fee

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Expert testimony

Law Times has two stories this week that relate to expert testimony or expert witnesses.

In one, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the dismissal of a lawyer’s claim against a handwriting expert for defamation. In Deverett Law Offices v. Pitney, lawyer Michael Deverett’s firm brought a claim against a handwriting analyst who had done work for a former client.

http://www.lawtimesnews.com/author/gabrielle-giroday/expert-testimony-14889/

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