Why Fraud Increases During an Economic Recession

In hard times, fraud litigators tend to receive an increase in calls from clients who believe they are the victim of fraud. Ten years ago, during the 2008–2009 economic recession, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (“ACFE”) released a study of the impact of an economic recession concluding that the financial pressures of the economic crisis led

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Hong Kong High Court Orders Disclosure of “831” Footage

In a recent judgment in the case of Leung Yiu Ting v MTR Corporation Limited [2020] HKCFI 460, High Court Judge Mr. Justice Anderson Chow ordered the MTR Corporation to disclose CCTV footage from Prince Edward and Lai Chi Kok stations to a student leader, Leung Yiu Ting, who is seeking damages against the police over a

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Spain’s Supreme Court: Bitcoin Is Not Legal Tender

The Bitcoin, for the purposes of civil liability derived from crime, is not legal tender. This was the conclusion reached by the Supreme Court of Spain in its Judgment of June 20, 2019, rejecting a final appeal in cassation No. 998/2018. As background to this judgment, we can say that the defendant had been convicted

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Ontario Court of Appeal Affirms 24-Month Termination Notice “Cap”

On June 19, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision in Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada. One of the issues in the case which will be of interest to Employers concerned the Plaintiff’s entitlement to notice, and whether an award of thirty (30) months was appropriate in the circumstances. Mr. Dawe

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Kornfeld LLP Wins Trial Victory in Real Estate Dispute

After a hard-fought, 77-day civil trial, Kornfeld LLP counsel Dan Parlow, Shane Coblin and Nils Preshaw won a major victory for the firm’s client in Youyi Group Holdings (Canada) Ltd. v. Brentwood Lanes Canada Ltd. 2019 BCSC 739. The case involved a claim by the opposing party for specific performance of two real estate contracts entered into in 2012 for $32 million. Kornfeld’s client resisted

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A Milestone in Hong Kong-China Cross-Border Legal Cooperation

Hong Kong and China have taken a major step forward in legal collaboration, with a reciprocal deal to recognise and enforce judgments in certain types of cases. The historic move will bring clarity and reduce litigation costs. On 18 January 2019 in Beijing, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, and the Vice-President of the

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Waivers Barring Employee Class Actions

On 21 May 2018, in a split 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld workplace arbitration agreements that prohibit class and collective actions. The closely watched decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis actually involved three cases the Court consolidated for review. In short, the Court held that these arbitration agreements do not violate the National

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Decline Of Trials In The American Judicial System: Does It Matter?

Jeffrey Q. Smith of Ally Law member firm Phillips Nizer, LLP states that “trials occur rarely, typically on in the most intractable disputes”, although they used to play a central role in the U.S. legal system. Smith’s article “Trials Continue to Decline in Federal and State Courts. Does it Matter?” appears in the periodical Juricature,

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