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Click on the links above to view recent decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada and summaries for noteworthy cases from across the country.

Curry sees ‘very dramatic shift’ in handling of paramountcy law

Counsel say the Supreme Court has made it easier for federal laws to trump overlapping provincial ones — possibly tilting the delicate balance of co-operative federalism a bit toward Ottawa in some cases.

Federal Court Justice Robin Camp — under review by the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) for his handling of a sexual assault trial last year — is no longer being assigned cases by the court, The Lawyers Weekly has learned.

It has been roughly ten months since the Supreme Court of Canada held that sections 14 and 241(b) of the Criminal Code are unconstitutional, to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted dying for persons who clearly consent to the termination of their life because they have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes intolerable suffering.

This past September, Microsoft and Google announced a settlement of their ongoing patent litigation, including claims involving Motorola, and put an end to 18 lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany.

It’s not enough for a law firm to set up even an extensive wellness program. Orlando Da Silva, immediate past president of the Ontario Bar Association, says senior partners must engage with the programs on a regular basis to ensure success.