In This Issue - #175 September 30, 2013

  1. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Wesley Forgione 
  2. Motorcycle Accidents: Distance, Perception, And Reaction Times 
  3. Court Confirms Holdback Liens May Be Removed In Exchange For Security 
  4. Trade Name vs. Trade-Mark – What’s the Difference? 
  5. How To Prove Your Injury Claim: Part I – Proving Liability 
  6. No “Rule of Thumb” For Establishing Notice Periods For Fired Employees 
  7. Assessing Fault In Motor Vehicle Accidents – ICBC Is Not The Final Word 
  8. Canada Revenue Agency Announces Increase To Interest Rates 
  9. Ask A Lawyer – I Have A Successful Business. Can I Sell Franchises? 
  10. In The Community - Pushor Mitchell Raises $6,210 For Terry Fox Run 
  11. Interesting Cases / Transactions - Severe Spinal Cord Injury File Settled 
  12. Legal Lite - "Joking Judge" Can't Do Comedy, N.J. Supreme Court Rules 

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1. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Wesley Forgione

Why did you become a lawyer?

I wanted a career that was intellectually stimulating and where I could work with people in the community.  Law fit the bill and I am enjoying practicing so far.

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2. Motorcycle Accidents: Distance, Perception, And Reaction Times - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

A recent study published in the professional journal, Current Directions in Psychological Science, concludes that brain miscalculations play a crucial role in motorcycle crashes with automobiles, and may be related to a basic human judgment error caused by the way the brain judges distance and time.

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3. Court Confirms Holdback Liens May Be Removed In Exchange For Security - by Mark Danielson

The Builders Lien Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 45 (the “Act”) provides a means for workers to secure payment of a claim against lands which have been improved by their materials or labour.

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4. Trade Name vs. Trade-Mark – What’s the Difference? - by Vanessa DeDominicis

Many people confuse trade names and trade-marks and think they acquire trade-mark rights by virtue of having a trade name.

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5. How To Prove Your Injury Claim: Part I – Proving Liability - by Keri Grenier

This column is the first of a three for how to prove your personal injury claim and while this trilogy doesn’t contain the excitement of hobbits, elves or a ring for taking over middle-earth (some Lord of the Rings excitement for you J.R.R. Tolkien fans), the information might be considered “precious” if you have an injury claim you need to prove. 

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6. No “Rule of Thumb” For Establishing Notice Periods For Fired Employees - by Joni Metherell*

Many non-lawyers (and many non-employment lawyers) will make reference to a “rule of thumb” that provides that a terminated employee is entitled to one month per year of service.

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7. Assessing Fault In Motor Vehicle Accidents – ICBC Is Not The Final Word - by Greg Pratch

As a personal injury lawyer, I have represented numerous clients that, prior to my involvement, were told by ICBC they were not entitled to injury compensation, despite having been injured in a motor vehicle accident.  The reason ICBC had denied compensation in these instances was because it had determined that the accident was the fault of my client. 

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8. Canada Revenue Agency Announces Increase To Interest Rates - by Melodie Lind

On September 23, 2013, the Canada Revenue Agency announced the prescribed interest rates for the fourth quarter.

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9. Ask A Lawyer – I Have A Successful Business. Can I Sell Franchises? - by Andrew Brunton*

I am often asked “can I sell franchises?”.  The short answer is “yes”.  However, a potential franchisor needs to consider what is involved in franchising.

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10. In The Community - Pushor Mitchell Raises $6,210 For Terry Fox Run

We are proud to once again support the Terry Fox Run and the dedicated efforts to raise money for cancer research.

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11. Interesting Cases / Transactions - Severe Spinal Cord Injury File Settled

From Our Personal Injury Group - Paul Mitchell Q.C recently settled a personal injury file dealing with a severe spinal cord injury.

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12. Legal Lite - "Joking Judge" Can't Do Comedy, N.J. Supreme Court Rules

Vince Sicari, popularly dubbed the "joking judge" in New Jersey, wound up being the butt of his own jokes.

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