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Ontario’s Superior Court Certifies Class Action Against Rail Companies

The Toronto Star reported that Via Rail’s derailed train victims can proceed with a class action lawsuit against Via Rail and CN Rail.  The victims claim that their train was derailed because it was going over 100 km/hr in a 25 km/hr zone.  As a result, the accident killed 3 engineers and injured 45 passengers.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1281195–ontario-court-gives-green-light-to-class-action-over-via-derailment

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Law Society of Upper Canada Looks at Articling Reform

As a Canadian studying at an American law school, I envy my American classmates who can sit for the bar after graduation.  Generally, future Canadian attorneys have to complete a 10 month articling position – similar to an apprenticeship.  In the past, this 10 month apprenticeship helped graduates transition into the practice of law.  Recently, the shortage of articling positions has begun to act as a barrier to the profession.  The Toronto Star reported that the Law Society of Upper Canada has recognized this problem and is looking to develop an alternative to meeting this requirement.  It will be interesting to see how this issue plays out.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1276838–law-society-of-upper-canada-weighs-new-path-to-the-bar

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Monster Energy Accused of Causing Teen’s Death

Caffeine is fuel that runs law students.  Personally, I enjoy a cup of black coffee in the morning.  I’ve never been a big fan of energy drinks but they are definitely popular around campus.

Recently, the New York Times reported that a mother, Wendy Crossland, filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy for causing her 14-year-old daughter’s death.  The young girl drank the company’s energy drinks over two days and suffered a heart arrhythmia.  The mother’s products liability lawsuit is based on the theory that the energy drinks had a warning defect because drinkers were not warned about the risks.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/business/fda-receives-death-reports-citing-monster-energy-a-high-caffeine-drink.html?hp&_r=1&

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