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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.

Top court dials up police powers to pore through cellphone content

Lawyers anticipate years of litigation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling authorizing warrantless searches of cellphones and other digital devices on arrest.

Duo only get token costs for Nadon matter

The Federal Court’s token $5,000 costs award to Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky has drawn a fierce response from the former and raised eyebrows in the legal community.

An unwelcome surprise

In September, our company received an unwelcome surprise — the first in a series of claims based on an exception to coverage in residential lender title insurance policies. That first claim has been followed by six more (so far).

Defending an accompanying charge

As a criminal defence lawyer I’ve seen it many times: A client comes to me facing not only a substantive charge, but also an accompanying charge of “assault police/resist arrest.” Sometimes the charge is justifiably laid and at other times it seems to have been thrown in for good measure.

‘Conservative’ outlook for legal industry

It hasn’t been a banner year for the legal industry in Canada. Rocked by the dissolution of Heenan Blaikie and still grappling with the downturn in the economy, recruiters across the country use words and phrases like “OK” or “not a home run” and “hesitant” to describe activity in 2014.