Here we are: at the midpoint of the year, and about to kick off one of our short and sweet Canadian summers. Here at Stem, we hope all our clients and readers make time to slow down, enjoy the fleeting pleasures of summer, and recharge for the inevitably busy fall ahead. An early Happy Canada Day and 4th of July!
- First up, congratulations are in order to Loom Analytics, who is officially out of beta and open for registration to the public! The innovative legal startup lets users make smart and informed decisions about case strategy by analyzing Canadian caselaw data. Follow the illoominate blog to see examples of all the impressive things Loom can do.
- Congratulations also to Fraser Valley law firm Waterstone Law Group on the opening of their third office – the new Abbotsford location is a great complement to offices in Chilliwack and Langley. On the firm’s BC Injury Lawyers Blog, associate Julie Gagnon wrote about the often overlooked cyclist right of way, and shared 11 signs that may have a brain injury.
- BC interior firm Pushor Mitchell welcomed two lawyers to the fold, associate Brian Stephenson and associate counsel Eric Ledding. The firm was also thrilled award its $10,000 Gold Medal Leadership Prize to UBC Okanagan student Bhavan Panghali, who is an aspiring pediatric physician and cancer researcher/fundraiser.
- Canadian tax law firm Thorsteinssons was named 2016 GST Law Firm of the Year by Global Law Experts, and alerted readers that the SCC has struck down the “accounting records” exception to solicitor-client privilege.
- Rhode Island elder lawyer Mark Heffner shared slides from a recent presentation he gave on estate planning and public benefits for individuals with MS, and an NPR report on the link between opioid addiction and elder abuse.
- Product injury firm Hissey Kientz posted news related to the TrapEase IVC filter, which has been found to have a higher rate of blood clots, and that manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew the device was prone to fracturing as far back as 2011.
- Dan Coles of Vancouver law firm Owen Bird examines the requirement for liquor licensees to be “fit and proper persons” in “Gangsters and Strippers and Liquor Law: The Story of Famous Flesh Gordon’s” — yet another informative and intriguing post on his Alcohol & Advocacy blog.
- On his FamilyLLB blog, Ontario family lawyer Russell Alexander shared some critical information on the tax implications of divorce in Ontario, looked at the pros and cons of hiring financial experts in family law litigation, and explored what happened when seven siblings pooled their resources to buy a family home.
- Ontario injury law firm Van Dyke Law Office blogged about calls for an investigation into the province’s workers compensation (WSIB) system, and an well-attended overnight vigil and rally at Queen’s Park to mark 2016 Injured Workers Day.
We’ll be back again next month!