Category Archives: Civil Litigation

“Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

This province’s new Cyber Safety Act, drafted after the horrible Rehteah Parsons case came to light, officially took effect yesterday. The law firm of Stewart McKelvey published this brief summary of the new law: Cyberbullying is defined in the Act as: any … Continue reading

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Whoever wins, we lose

The good news is, Donald Trump or Bill Maher will lose this case. The bad news is, Donald Trump or Bill Maher will win this case: Donald Trump is filing a lawsuit against Bill Maher for failing to live up to an “unconditional … Continue reading

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Courtney Love: client from Hell

This is why we ask for retainers, folks.  (In this case, it should have been at least half a mil.) Courtney Love is having more ex-lawyer problems. This time, she’s being sued by the attorney who represented her in the first … Continue reading

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Penn State is going to pay

Jerry Sandusky has been convicted, and I hope science comes up with a way to keep him alive for the 400+ years’ incarceration to which he will likely be sentenced.  Now, the civil suits begin: Now, attention will turn to … Continue reading

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If you’re an American who bought Nutella between January 1, 2008 and February 3, 2012, it’s time to cash in.

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The end of football?

It could happen, according to economists Tyer Cowen and Kevin Grier: By now we’re all familiar with the growing phenomenon of head injuries and cognitive problems among football players, even at the high school level. In 2009, Malcolm Gladwell asked … Continue reading

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The man who adopted his girlfriend

Florida multimillionaire John Goodman (no, not that John Goodman) faced the prospect of bankruptcy when he was sued by the parents of a young man he killed in a drunk-driving accident.  He did have a massive trust fund set up for his … Continue reading

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Your Facebook photos may be held against you

Courts are still grappling with admitting social media postings into evidence, but there are several reported cases where litigants’ Facebook pictures were deemed admissible: The first decision rendered in Canada on this subject came from the Superior Court of Justice … Continue reading

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Stuff you can’t sell (or even give away)

We’ve been selling some unused household items on Kijiji lately, so this segment from CBC radio’s Corner Brook, Newfoundland morning show caught my attention. In particular, forget about selling – or even giving away – items which can no longer … Continue reading

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As a lawyer, I sort of feel compelled to apologize for this

From the Chicago Tribune: Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for “bad mothering” damages allegedly caused when she failed to … Continue reading

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