Crystal O’Donnell Elected to Ontario Bar Association Council

Crystal O’Donnell Elected to Ontario Bar Association Council

We are pleased to congratulate Crystal O’Donnell, founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel, on her recent election to the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Council.

 

The OBA is a branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), an organization of lawyers formed to provide support by the profession to the profession so that it may render better service to its members and the public.  The association provides lawyers with opportunities to become more efficient and effective, to further their professional education and to keep abreast of current developments within the profession, nationally and provincially.

 

Throughout their two-year term, Council members:

 

  • act as ambassadors and liaisons for the OBA within their region
  • identify issues and opportunities and provide advice to the Board on how to address them
  • elect the Board of Directors (the decision making body of the Association) each year
  • are expected to bring forward general and regional issues of importance to members and to the profession, including:
    • Identification of issues in the region (practice or professional) that would benefit from OBA advocacy
    • Issues related to the operation or administration of the judicial system
    • Regional professional development needs
    • Issues related to the presence of the Association in the region

For more information about the OBA governance structure please visit their web site here.… Read More

We’ve been Nominated … Please vote now!

We’ve been Nominated  …  Please vote now!

We are thrilled to have been nominated for the 2018 Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards in these two categories:

 

  • Litigation Support & E-Discovery Consultants
  • Legal Process Outsourcing

This is the fourth year Canadian Lawyer has run their Readers’ Choice Awards.  The program is designed to give a voice to their readers to identify which vendors and suppliers are the best at what they do.

 

Voting is open until June 25th and winners will be announced in a special feature in the October issue of Canadian Lawyer.

 

Please vote here.

 

 

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O’Donnell to Speak at CBA Alberta Civil Litigation Section Meeting

O’Donnell to Speak at CBA Alberta Civil Litigation Section Meeting

Crystal O’Donnell, Heuristica’s CEO and Senior Counsel, will speak at the CBA Alberta Civil Litigation Section (South) meeting in Calgary on June 18th, 2018.

 

Crystal will join Erin Greenan, Legal Counsel, Nexen and Darren Reed, Partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP to speak about the benefits of e-discovery and the effective management of litigation costs via e-discovery.

 

For more information about the meeting or to register pleased visit the CBA web site.

 

 

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“BYOD policies a must to avoid eDiscovery disaster” – AdvocateDaily.com

“BYOD policies a must to avoid eDiscovery disaster” – AdvocateDaily.com

Employers should prepare for the worst if they want to realize the potential savings of a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy, says Wendy Cole, director of project management and counsel at Heuristica Discovery Counsel.

 

Cole tells AdvocateDaily.com that both employers and employees are attracted to BYOD policies for different reasons.

 

“It’s obviously more convenient for workers, who only have to carry one device for both work and personal information, while businesses think they will save money by just giving an allowance towards monthly bills instead of supplying devices,” she says.

 

But those savings can easily be wiped out by eDiscovery problems, says Cole.… Read More

Court Orders Non-Parties in Parallel Action to Produce Documents

Court Orders Non-Parties in Parallel Action to Produce Documents

June 11, 2018

 

In Schwoob v. Bayer Inc., 2018 ONSC 166 (CanLII), a product liability class action, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered two non-parties affiliated with the defendant corporation to produce 2,900 documents that they had produced in a parallel U.S. class action proceeding.

 

The plaintiffs brought a claim against Bayer Inc. (“Bayer Canada”) and two affiliated companies, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Bayer U.S.”) and Bayer Pharma AG (“Bayer Pharma”), in 2010, on behalf of women in Ontario who had taken certain prescription oral contraceptives.  The claim alleged negligence in the design, testing, distribution, marketing and sale of the contraceptives, as well as failure to adequately warn of the risk of adverse consequences.  … Read More