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- Veterinary Network Hit with Ransomware
National Veterinary Associates (NVA), a large network of veterinary hospitals and clinics, has reportedly been the victim of a ransomware attack. According to the reports, NVA employs more than 2,600 veterinarians, with over 700 veterinary hospitals and clinics in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. NVA was reportedly hit with the Ryuk ransomware virus,...
- Duty of Lawyer Tech Competence Comes to Canada and South Carolina
Thanks to Bob Ambrogi for keeping us current on the number of states that have adopted some version of the duty of lawyer tech competence – as he posted, we are now at 38, with South Carolina being the latest state to adopt the duty. On the day before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court of South...
- And Now Another State Adopts Duty of Tech Competence, Bringing Total to 38
When it rains it pours. Earlier today, I wrote about adoption of the duty of technology competence by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Now comes word of another U.S. state adopting the duty, bringing the total number of states to 38. The latest is South Carolina, where on the day before Thanksgiving, the...
- Duty of Tech Competence Comes to Canada
Ever since 2012, when the American Bar Association amended the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to include a duty of technology competence, adoption has spread across the United States, with 37 states having now formally adopted some version of Model Rule 1.1, Comment 8. But the U.S. is not alone in considering lawyers’ duty to...
- Securing a Site-blocking Order in Canada: Sure! But how?
The Federal Court has recently issued an order compelling Internet service providers (ISPs) to block their customers from accessing pirate subscription streaming sites operated by anonymous defendants. Although Bell Media Inc. v. GoldTV.Biz, 2019 FC 1432 is the first decision of its kind in Canada, the Court held that site-blocking orders fall squarely within its...
- Competition Bureau Continues Advocacy on Telecom Competition and Regulation
The competitiveness and reach of Canadian wireline and wireless services are critical to the economic prosperity and social inclusion of Canadians. It is not surprising therefore that the Canadian Competition Bureau identified telecommunications as a priority area in its 2019-2020 Annual Plan. True to this plan, in August of this year the Bureau released the...
- Cannabis Trademarks: USTPO Denies Drake’s Attempt to Protect Canadian Cannabis Symbol in U.S.
Back in September Drake, via his Dream Crew company, applied for U.S. federal trademark protection for the warning symbol required on all recreational cannabis products that contain THC by the Health Canada. The symbol resembles a red stop sign with a black cannabis leaf and the letters “THC” prominently displayed: The application specified the following...
- Canadian Copyright Website Blocking Underway As TekSavvy Appeals Federal Court Ruling
Last week I wrote about a federal court ruling that opened the door to copyright website blocking in Canada without Parliament establishing site blocking rules or the involvement of the CRTC. The decision is flawed from both a policy and legal perspective, substituting the views of one judge over Parliament’s judgment and relying on a...
- Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Spikes to 67 in 19 states
Key Facts: CDC and FDA warn against romaine lettuce consumption if grown in Salinas California 67 sick, up 22 since last report At least 39 hospitalized Six with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure No Deaths Illnesses started on dates ranging from September 24, 2019, to November 14, 2019 Canada reports 1 illness...
- The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 33: “Canadian Patenting is Not Going to Drive Anything” – Aidan Hollis on New Research on Patents and Innovation
One of Canada’s longstanding digital and economic policy concerns has involved innovation, with fears that the Canadian economy is failing to keep pace with other, more innovative economies. Some point to intellectual property as a critical part of policy equation, arguing that stronger IP laws would help incentivize greater innovation. Economists Nancy Gallini and Aidan...
- Amid mad cow concerns, court considers Canada cattle imports
David Kravets of the Associated Press reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture insists it’s safe to resume the imports of Candian cattle, despite a ruling by a Montana federal judge who sided with U.S. ranchers warning about dire economic and health consequences from a mad cow outbreak in...
- Truck drivers’ sleep deprivation is a worldwide safety problem
Dozing drivers are worldwide safety problem in trucking....
- Health Canada Reminds Canadians about the Risks of Drinking Raw Milk
Health Canada is reminding Canadians not to drink raw, unpasteurized milk because it could contain bacteria that can make you seriously ill. Several different kinds of bacteria that could be found in raw milk, such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, have been linked to food-borne illness. These...
- New foodborne outbreak in U.S.
Canada.com reports that a salmonella outbreak potentially linked to produce has sickened at least 172 people in 18 states, health officials said Monday. Health officials think the bacteria may have spread through some form of produce; the list of suspects includes lettuce and tomatoes. But the...
- Candian integrative medicine proposed to break medical ‘monpoly’
A conference at the University of Victoria sponsored by the Association of Complementary and Integrative Physicians proposes to explore broader use of integrative medicine in Canada. Commenting on slow acceptance of integrative medicine in Canada, Monopoly medicine prevents real healthcare argues...
- Profit is a legitimate goal for lawyers
It seems that the argument about the distinction between law as a business and law as a profession hasn’t yet died. David Bilinsky shares a comment about a new book by David Slayton, entitled Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada’s Legal Profession. David discusses the author’s...
- US Citizen Passport Cards
As of February 1, 2008, U.S. citizens may begin to apply for the New Passport Card. The passport card will facilitate travel between the U.S. and land border as well as sea ports-of-entry countries such as Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The new passport card will carry the same rights...
- Illinois Brick Bats Car Lessees’ Claims, Per First Circuit
The First Circuit today turned back another antitrust case arising from car manufacturers’ efforts to suppress — so the plaintiffs alleged — importing cheap vehicles from Canada into the United States. A previous decision in the same multi-district litigation held that the unlikelihood of...
- Maybe Canada’s Maple Leaf Execs Should Visit This Plant In South Dakota!
Among our friends is one who is high enough up in the agricultural hierarchy of the United States that his appointment required U.S, Senate confirmation. He has nothing directly to do with food safety, but is experienced and knowledgeable in the Ag industry. We were chatting about the various...
- Kelowna Listeria Victim Not Related To Maple Leaf Strain
The Okanagan region of southeast British Columbia is a long way from the Maple Leaf Foods ready-to-eat meat processing plant outside Toronto. Nevertheless, an elderly Okanagan woman’s death in September was blamed on the national outbreak of listeria that was blamed on Maple Leaf. It was one of at...