February is short, yet somehow our clients manage to pack as much into it as any other month! Here’s a look at what Stem clients were up to this past month:
- BC legal support services provider Dye & Durham held a successful webinar on BC wills and estates legislation, which drew 90 law firms! The company also took a stand against bullying by participating in Pink Shirt Day, and supported various legal organizations by running ads in the BCPA Paralegal Press, TLABC’s The Verdict, and BCLMA Topics.
- On the Canadian Trade Law Blog, Michael Woods of international trade law boutique Woods, LaFortune LLP wrote a three-part series on supply management. Gordon LaFortune also proposed a simple way the CITT could improve the product exclusion process and notes that the recent solar panels case at the CITT raises inconsistencies in the Special Import Measures Act.
- Phoenix criminal defense attorney Lawrence Koplow shared a few updates on the Scottsdale crime lab blood alcohol measurement case he has been litigating, which has just been heard by the Supreme Court of Arizona.
- Product liability firm Hissey Kientz launched a new microsite for lawsuits related to the anti-nausea drug Zofran (ondansetron), which has been linked to birth defects such as cleft lip/palate and heart defects/murmurs when taken during pregnancy.
- Okanagan law firm Pushor Mitchell lawyer Keri Grenier wrote about the power of apologies in personal injury litigation. Meanwhile, Sandra Hakanson traveled all the way to Dublin, Ireland to speak at an immigration seminar presented by the Canadian Embassy and the Kelowna Region; she also attended the Canada Live! Emigration Fair in London and Glasgow.
- In time for Valentine’s day, cloud practice management software company Clio shared the results of their survey on “what lawyers love about the law” using a neat infographic, and revealed answers to frequently-asked legal accounting questions as we approach tax time.
- Sacramento product injury firm Cutter Law has been developing their Viagra melanoma practice (research has found that men taking Viagra developed melanoma at twice the rate of men who did not use the drug).
- Over at the Condo Development Blog, Roy Gentles of Ontario construction law boutique Robson Carpenter wrote about a new ruling from the Ontario Municipal Board on parkland dedication fees.
- Rhode Island eldercare lawyer Mark Heffner was busy preparing for the upcoming Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference he’ll speak at next month, and also posted about SAFE-D, a volunteer initiative that helps seniors dig out from winter storms.
- On his FamilyLLB blog, Ontario divorce lawyer Russell Alexander wrote about a recent family law case involving private school expenses, shared the answers to five frequent questions about spousal support, and discussed how spouses in Ontario can protect their inheritances.
- Fraser Valley law firm Waterstone Law Group welcomed business lawyer Shane Rutledge into the partnership. As part of his corporate/commercial practice, Shane works with many real estate developers, advising them from the planning stages of their projects, through to transfers to new property owners.
- The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association published a new issue of CCCA Magazine; it features an interview with Olympic gold medal curler and in-house counsel Jennifer Jones along with several articles on leadership in law.
- Canadian tax law firm Thorsteinssons issued an alert on the increase to the lifetime capital gains exemption; Alexander Demner blogged about draft legislation to accelerate CCA claims for LNG equipment, and Ian Gamble summarized several CRA decisions relating to tax refund requests by non-residents, mid-year amalgamations and partnership deferral rules, and Canada’s right to tax resource royalties.
We’ll be back next month with more client news to share.