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Often times condo corporations will hold information/town hall meetings to update owners on current issues and also to get feedback from owners on various matters. Since these meetings are not considered owners meetings under the Condominium Act, the notice requirements and typical registration and meeting procedures do not apply. In this context, a recent CAT decision, Rafael Barreto-Rivera v Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 704 (“MTCC 704”) is important to consider. Rafael Barreto-Rivera is a…
The Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR) will apply to small and medium Authorised Deposit-Taking Institutions (ADIs) from 1 July 2019. I have produced a 32 minute video on BEAR, including who are accountable persons, their obligations and the sanctions that apply if they, or the ADI they manage, breach their duties. You can watch it here. One of the difficult implementation questions is the mapping and overlapping of accountabilities including how the BEAR accountabilities…
Gillette is facing a lot of praise, and a lot of backlash, over its recent ad slamming toxic masculinity culture.[embedded content]The ad offers two views of men. The first—a boy bullied and called a “sissy,” a man grabs at a woman’s rear, a businessman condescending to a female employee. During, a voice over notes that men make the same ol’ “Boys Will Be Boys” excuses. Then, vignettes of men doing better—intervening to stop sexual…
Sometime after construction had begun on a project, the customer ceased making payments. Construction stopped, and the contractor timely filed a claim of lien for the balance still due to him for work done on the project. Two months later, the contractor amended his lien to include additional work he had to perform to protect the partially finished project from the elements. The customer wasn’t happy. He claimed the amended lien was filed late and…
Developed in 1999, TimeSolv has emerged as the leader in time & expense tracking, billing, and management needs for businesses around the world. Our software is used by thousands of professionals in various industries, including legal, technology, engineering, health, marketing, design, and advertising. Raza Hasan, the TimeSolv CEO explains, ‘We believe in providing the best time billing services for law firms and other professionals.’ Let’s take a look at some of the incredible tools offered…
On January 1, 2019, I became the new President of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (NYACP). In this blog, I reflect back on my journey to becoming a collaborative attorney and look toward my goals as President of the leading organization of collaborative divorce professionals in the New York metropolitan area.  The fact that I’m taking on this new role in 2019 means a lot to me. Exactly 10 years ago, my 2009…
I never thought hyenas essentialThey’re crude and unspeakably plainBut maybe they’ve a glimmer of potentialIf allied to my vision and brain – “Be Prepared,” The Lion King The song goes on to warn that “you can’t be caught unawares.” Be prepared. The song neglects to remind companies to check their arbitration agreements for two essential clauses, but that’s why you have me. The Supreme Court delivered its first Kavanaugh-authored opinion late last week.…
Recent headlines announced that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ 25-year marriage is ending. He and his wife are the wealthiest couple in the world with a net worth of approximately $137 billion, and reportedly never signed a prenup. It’s also reported that when pop star Justin Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin in New York City last fall, they decided to forgo a prenuptial agreement as well. He’s reportedly worth more than $265 million, while her net worth…
The U.S. Supreme Court today granted review on a procedural issue in a Title VII religious discrimination case–  Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis, (Docket No. 18-525, certiorari granted, 1/11/2019). (Order List). In the case, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the the requirement that a person exhaust administrative remedies before bringing a Title VII action is not jurisdictional.  This meant that the county’s delay in raising the defense of exhaustion could…
Avoiding Insurance Fraud Conviction Leads to Paramour’s Conviction for Murderer The mother of Orlandous Tyrone Jackett’s (Jackett) children, fearing prosecution for insurance fraud for the arson-for-profit scheme to destroy a vehicle he used while committing a murder, testified in his murder trial after getting immunity from the insurance fraud charge in The People v. Orlandous Tyrone Jackett, D071898, Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District Division One State Of California (January 9, 2019). As a result…