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Rodney Hayley appointed “Professor of Law and Lawson Lundell Practitioner in Residence”

Rodney Hayley has been appointed by the University of Victoria as “Professor of Law and Lawson Lundell Practitioner in Residence.” His two year appointment takes effect January 1, 2013. In this position, Hayley will teach Civil Procedure, Class Actions and Mass Litigation, and a course he is designing on legal history entitled “Anti-Asian Laws, 1850 to the Present: Origins, Application, Repeal and Redress.” 

William Everett, QC Receives a UBC Law Alumni Association Achievement Award

William Everett, QC received an Alumni Award of Distinction by the UBC Faculty of Law Alumni Association at the 2012 Law Alumni Acheivement Awards held on April 12, 2012.

Lawson Lundell Announces Key Addition to Project Development Team: JoAnn P. Jamieson

We are pleased to welcome JoAnn P. Jamieson to our partnership and the Calgary office. JoAnn has recognized expertise and experience in navigating complex regulatory proceedings and environmental processes, and resolving aboriginal and other stakeholder concerns.

Lawson Lundell wins Lexpert Zenith Award for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility

On September 21, 2011, Rita Andreone, Michael Lee, Brad Armstrong, Q.C., Chris Sanderson, Q.C., Michael Morgan and Sarah Nelligan were named winners of 2011 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility.

Contract Law Update: Developments of Note

This paper reviews judgments dealing with contract law issues relevant to commercial lawyers and business leaders. This paper also considers private international law conventions and treaties that are en route to domestic implementation, and are therefore relevant to commercial practice.

Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal Decisions in Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nations v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc., 2009 FCA 308

On December 2, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed leave to appeal from the Federal Court of Appeal's decision in Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc., 2009 FCA 308.

Standing Buffalo argued they were not adequately consulted about the construction of three massive pipeline projects.

The Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the appeal leaves intact the Federal Court of Appeal decision from October 2009, which in turn upheld the decisions of the National Energy Board that had been challenged by various First Nations.

Marko Vesely recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40

Marko Vesely, a partner in our Litigation group, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40 by Lexpert’s Rising Stars. Marko practices commercial litigation and is head of Lawson Lundell LLP’s Defamation and Media Law Group.

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies (some of) the Limits of the Duty to Consult

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. and British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 2010 SCC 43

On October 28, 2010, the nine justices of Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous judgment in this appeal that confirmed the decision of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (the “Commission”) to accept the 2007 Electricity Purchase Agreement between BC Hydro and Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. for filing.

The decision is important for what it says about (i) when the Crown duty to consult with Aboriginal groups is triggered—and when it is not; and (ii) the role of administrative tribunals.

Contract Law Update: Developments of Note

Principles of contract law are quite settled in Canada and changes to those principles tend to be incremental rather than sudden and revolutionary. Accordingly, for the most part, this paper will give you snapshots of contract law principles as they currently stand, using recent cases as examples.

Lawson Lundell wins Lexpert Zenith Award for Pro Bono Contributions

Lawson Lundell won Gold at the Lexpert 2010 Zenith Awards in the Civil Liberties category for our work with the BC Civil Liberties Association.

The Zenith Awards honour Canadian law firms, in-house departments and law students who are committing their time, skills and mentorship to a diverse and valuable range of pro bono activities.

Lawson Lundell Launches the Western Canada Business Litigation Blog

Lawson Lundell is pleased to announce the launch of the Western Canada Business Litigation Blog. This blog will follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities.

Brad Armstrong, Q.C. successful in Supreme Court of Canada Decision

Lawson Lundell partner Brad Armstrong, Q.C. successfully represented Red Chris Development Co. Ltd. in a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada upholding the environmental assessment of the Red Chris mine under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

New Civil Rules, Family Rules and Court Fees

The Province has adopted new civil and family court rules that are to be fully implemented by July 1, 2010. The aim of the new rules is to make it easier for the average citizen to access the courts to resolve legal disputes. The new rules are intended to speed up the process, lower the costs associated with litigation and simplify the litigation process.

Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority v. Canadian Federation of Students

On July 10, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered reasons in Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority v. Canadian Federation of Students, 2009 SCC 31 [GVTA]. This case is important because it further delineates the right to freedom of expression protected in section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Secondly, the Court elaborates on the principles that will be applied in determining whether certain entities will be considered “government” for the purposes of the Charter.

Cross-Examination in Tribunal Hearings

This article considers some cross-examination issues that arise in tribunal hearings. Issues arise because cross-examination in tribunal hearings is used by more participants, and for more purposes, than in a traditional courtroom setting - but the rules and practices that govern the use of cross-examination were not developed in anticipation of those additional users or uses.

Have Pension Class Actions Altered Traditional Trust Cost Rules? A Recent Trend

Three recent decisions from Ontario, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia may change the way in which pension litigation is funded in Canada and indicate that the courts may be taking a different approach to funding issues than in the past. Traditionally, in such cases, it was not uncommon for a plaintiff to be indemnified out of the pension fund thereby shielding unsuccessful plaintiffs from adverse costs awards.

Contract Law Update: Developments of Note

A survey of some of the jurisprudential contexts in which legal drafting has been scrutinized by the courts. This paper also addresses some areas of contract law of continuing interest to solicitors drafting commercial agreements because the law impacts on drafting choices they will make.

The Law of Defamation: A Primer

A brief overview of the basic principles of the law of defamation. Defamation is a "tort" or civil wrong for which a court, in a proper case, will provide the wronged party with a remedy in an action for damages.

Just a click away?: Internet hyperlinks and defamation liability

Article which appeared in The Defamation Column of Canadian Corporate Counsel, Vol. 18, No. 3 (Nov/Dec. 2008), detailing a British Columbia Supreme Court judge's dismissal of a defamation claim brought by Wayne Crookes.

Safe to Slander City Hall? Ontario Court Bars Defamation Suits by Government Bodies

Two recent Ontario decisions have broken with the precedent in which a municipal corporation had the same powers as any other corporate body, including the right to protect its reputation by suing in defamation in its own right. These two decisions have left in doubt whether municipal goverments (outside Ontario) can sue for defamation.