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2021 Quebec Superior Court File 500-11-059267-209
The Quebec Superior Court terminates a sealing order on an exhibit filed in a civil proceeding seeking approval of...


United States v Meng 2021 BCSC 1253
Ms. Meng unsuccessfully applied for an order banning the publication of documents she received from HSBC and had filed...


Sherman Estate v Donovan 2021 SCC 25
The Toronto Star successfully challenged the sealing orders on the probate files of the Sherman estate.


Rowat v the Crown, the CBC et al 2021 ONSC 2215
In this decision the ONSC dismissed the accused’s application for an order banning the publication of his name because...

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Quebec's data protection law reform Bill 64 is now law. The implementation of the provisions relating to the private sector will be phased in over 3 years to allow businesses to adapt to some significant changes: http://m.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-64-42-1.html @uOttawaTechLaw

Journalists have a legal and ethical obligation to send questions and request comment from our politicians. Going after them for doing their basic duty is unacceptable and dangerous behaviour.

CMLA is offering a $2,500 prize for an essay promoting freedom of expression. Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2021. Law students in Canadian law schools (LL.B/JD or LL.M candidates graduating in 2021 or later) are eligible: http://canadianmedialawyers.com

Public disclosure tort just introduced in Alberta - first time any of the common law privacy torts have been adopted in AB: https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abqb/doc/2021/2021abqb739/2021abqb739.html?autocompleteStr=ES%20shillington&autocompletePos=1.

Delighted to announce launch of Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario. This is the first and only free, comprehensive guide to Rules, statutes and cases. Written by 135 leading experts, published by @canLII with gracious support of @WindsorLaw https://canlii.ca/en/commentary/66972/

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