The following articles are published by OBA Sections, including the Student Section. Members are encouraged to submit articles.

Editor: Victoria Shariati


What's New in Pensions & Benefits

  • May 10, 2018
  • Evan Shapiro and Michelle Rival

Final funding regulations for single employer plans, proposed funding rules for target benefit multi-employer pension plans, pay transparency legislation, and proposed changes to certain CPP benefits...

Pensions and Benefits Law, Student Forum

Striking Equilibrium in Secondary Market Class Actions

  • May 09, 2018
  • Brandon Kain and Sabrina Bruno, McCarthy Tetrault

In Amaya, the Quebec Court of Appeal reinforced the legislative purpose of the leave requirement in secondary market class actions, as being the protection of public issuers and their long-term shareholders, and not the plaintiff-shareholders., holding that "the purpose of the screening mechanism [is] to deter opportunistic or abusive litigation by plaintiff-shareholders who inappropriately wish to take advantage of the favourable conditions for secondary market actions against issuers."

Class Actions, Student Forum

Contested Terrain: How to Be a Public Interest Lawyer

  • May 09, 2018
  • Robin Bates

On April 23, 2018, a group of public sector lawyers and attendees gathered to discuss the practical and ethical challenges of acting in the public interest within the broader public sector.

Public Sector Lawyers, Student Forum

Ontario Court of Appeal Summaries (April 23 – April 27, 2018)

  • April 30, 2018
  • John Polyzogopoulos

Topics covered this week included two procedural fairness decisions (one relating to interpreting a contract in a way neither party argued, the other relating to the effect of a lengthy adjournment mid-trial), repair and storage liens in the automobile insurance context, the tort of conversion, as well as several short procedural decisions.

Civil Litigation, Student Forum

Canada’s Opioid Crisis

  • April 20, 2018
  • Paneet Bhandal

This article examines the evolution of the opioid crisis in Canada, and the government's response.

Health Law, Student Forum

Google Inc.’s Fight Against a Worldwide Injunction on Search Results Continues

  • April 20, 2018
  • Sabrina Salituro and Paul Lomic are lawyers at Lomic Law

The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc upheld an interlocutory injunction against Google, a non-party, to globally de-index the websites of the defendant that is infringing the plaintiff's intellectual property. Although Google obtained a judgment from a US court declaring that the decision was not enforceable in the US, it was unsuccessful in having the original injunction overturned in Canada on the basis of the US judgment.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law, Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law


  • April 20, 2018
  • John Polyzogopoulos

In Wallbridge v. Brunning, the Court of Appeal held that whether a law firm can be vicariously liable for defamatory statements made by a lawyer who practices “in association” with it, is an issue of general importance that should be determined at a trial and not on a motion for summary judgment. Other topics covered this week included several wills and estates matters, wrongful dismissal, family law (custody and abduction), limitation periods and some procedural matters.

Civil Litigation, Student Forum