O’Donnell Appointed to CanLII Board

We’re proud to congratulate Crystal O’Donnell on her appointment to the CanLII Board of Directors


The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) is a non-profit organization that makes Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet.  The Institute is funded by the members of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, namely, the law societies of Canada’s provinces and territories and the Chambre des notaires du Québec.  In effect, CanLII is funded by Canada’s lawyers and notaries.


The full announcement can be found on the CanLII blog.


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Heuristica Sponsors Hooplaw Charity Basketball Tournament

Heuristica Discovery Counsel is proud to sponsor Hooplaw, the largest fundraising event in the Vancouver legal community. 


Last year Hooplaw brought together more than 250 lawyers from over 25 law firms and dozens of law students to play basketball and raised over $70,000.00.  In fact, since its inception in 1995 the event has raised over $1,000,000.00 for local children’s charities.


The goal for this year’s tournament is $100,000.00 and will go to the following three worthy children’s charitable organizations:  the Night Hoops Basketball Society, the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC, and Challenger Baseball Canada.


Hooplaw is a one-day fundraising event organized by the Vancouver legal community and UBC law students and is taking place at the Vancouver College Gymnasium on Saturday, September 24th from 8 am to 6 pm. … Read More

Microsoft Wins Landmark Overseas Warrant Case

The US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit recently ruled on the highly-anticipated ?Microsoft Ireland’ case.


In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel found in favour of Microsoft, which was challenging a warrant for the search and seizure of data held on an Irish server.


In 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the US Department of Justice a warrant under the Stored Communications Act (SCA). The Department of Justice believed that an email account hosted by Microsoft contained important information about a narcotics investigation. Microsoft provided relevant information held on US servers, but refused to produce the emails held in Ireland.… Read More

Failure to Preserve Results in Costly Review of Backup Tapes

“This litigation has been exceptional in its breadth, venom and expenses.” ­? Justice Turnbull


In Verge Insurance Brokers v. Richard Sherk et al., 2016 ONSC 4007, the defendants brought a motion seeking an order compelling the plaintiff to produce and review 66 backup tapes. The plaintiff objected on the grounds of proportionality and provided evidence that the exercise would cost an estimated $300,000.


Justice Turnbull ordered the plaintiff to restore and review the 66 backup tapes, despite the estimated cost of at least $300,000. Turnbull J., recognizing the exceptional cost, also made the point that had the plaintiff complied with an earlier order of the court, and properly preserved the relevant information, the motion would not have been necessary.… Read More