A Tale of Two Traitors – Peter Cronyn on CBC’s The Fifth Estate

Blog Post
March 19, 2018

In 1984, James Morrison was charged with selling state secrets. John Nelligan represented Mr. Morrison in the trial, with assistance from Peter Cronyn. James Morrison first appeared on CBC’s The Fifth Estate back in 1983, and the program circled back to the story last week. Peter Cronyn was interviewed for the episode.

Dependant Relief and Defining Relationships

Blog Post
March 6, 2018

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision, Stajduhar v. Wolfe, hinged on the relationship between the deceased and the claimant: specifically, how long they had lived together, if at all.

Perpetual Employment with Fixed-term Contracts: Am I An Indeterminate Employee?

Blog Post
February 26, 2018

The majority of workers in Canada are employed on a permanent basis, with an employment contract of indefinite duration; that is, with no specified end date. Recently, however, there have been interesting cases touching on a terminated employee’s entitlements when employed pursuant to a fixed-term contract.

Welcome, Patrick Brunet

Blog Post
February 22, 2018

The Employment Law Practice Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is pleased to announce a new member of the team, associate lawyer Patrick Brunet.

IP Round Up: “Banal” Lyrics and “Taco Tuesdays”

Blog Post
February 20, 2018

As reported in this space last month, Taylor Swift has recently been involved in a copyright infringement court battle over the question of whether the lyrics of her hit song “Shake it Off” were copied from an early 2000s song by 3LW titled “Playas Gon’ Play.” This post also looks at a trademark dispute over the phrase “Taco Tuesdays”.

Happy Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog!

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February 16, 2018

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. And 2018 is the Year of the Dog! People born in the Year of the Dog – birth years 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006 – are characterised as sincere, reliable, considerate, intelligent, and hardworking. Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s Intellectual Property Group wishes you and your family health, happiness and prosperity for 2018.