What is: Defamation Law

Given the interest in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial, Sean Sinclair was asked by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix to explain some basic concepts about defamation law.  The news article reviews the definition of defamation; how damages are assessed; and some defences to a defamation claim.  The article can be found here.

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Importance of the Press

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Privacy of Intimate Images in a Digital Age

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Sean Sinclair Represents Media in Police Scanner Issue

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Sean Sinclair Clarifies Privacy Laws

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Self-sufficiency and Spousal Support

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Join Tiffany Paulsen, Q.C. at the STLA Spring Conference “Winning Without A Trial”

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On May 6, 2022 Tiffany Paulsen, Q.C. will participate in a panel discussion about binding pre-trial conferences. Tiffany will share her thoughts about Saskatchewan’s new rules of court relating to binding settlement conferences and share effective strategy. You can register for the STLA’s spring conference here.

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Join Jennifer Pereira, Q.C. at the STLA Spring Conference “Winning Without A Trial”

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On May 6, 2022, Jennifer Pereira, Q.C. will co-present “Cut and Run: Getting your Client out of Multi-Party proceedings.” This presentation will provide an overview of Pierringer and Mary Carter agreements and how to implement them successfully in Saskatchewan. You can register for the STLA’s spring conference here

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Four Robertson Stromberg Lawyers Recognized as Litigation Stars

Robertson Stromberg LLP is proud to announce that four of our lawyers have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as Litigation Stars.

Lawyers M. Kim Anderson, Q.C., Jennifer D. Pereira, Q.C., Sean M. Sinclair and Gary D. Young, Q.C., have been identified as four of the preeminent litigation practitioners in Canada.

Benchmark Litigation is a definitive guide to leading litigation firms and lawyers. The guide provides law firm and lawyer rankings based on interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and clients, as well as analysis of the legal market’s most important cases and firm developments.

Our senior litigation partner M Kim Anderson, Q.C. focuses his practice on the areas of banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, insurance, and municipal governance and regulation.

Our partner Jennifer D. Pereira, Q.C. participates in all aspects of the litigation process, with a particular focus on insurance coverage and defense, transportation, and commercial litigation.

Our partner Sean M. Sinclair has experience in most areas of civil litigation but focuses on family law, professional regulation, estate litigation and media law. He is also recognized as a family law arbitrator.

Gary D. Young, Q.C. is a senior litigation lawyer. His practice emphasizes corporate, commercial and construction litigation, insurance law, professional negligence, product liability, and general negligence law.

 

As a full-service Saskatchewan law firm, our roots and values are evident in everything we do. Robertson Stromberg is grounded, pragmatic and progressive. Backed by experience and buoyed by national reach, our lawyers are committed to providing reliable solutions to our clients in all aspects of the law.

 

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Feedback Request – Proposed Amendments to Wills Act

CBASK wishes to advise of a proposal brought forward by CBASK member David Ukrainetz, McKercher LLP for the enactment of franchise legislation. The proposed legislation would provide a general scheme of protections for franchise businesses in Saskatchewan. CBASK is in support of the proposal, as it would harmonize Saskatchewan law with other jurisdictions, and provide needed protection to franchisees. A copy of the letter sent to the Minister of Justice may be found HERE.

Feedback is sought on whether s. 19(1) of the Wills Act should be amended. Namely, s. 19(1) would be expanded to also invalidate a devise or bequest to a spouse, provided the below situation had arisen before the testator’s death:

  1. The testator had served a Petition against his or her spouse (or had one served by their spouse against himself or herself), seeking relief relating to the breakdown of their spousal relationship, and
  2. At the time of the testator’s death, the testator and his spouse were living separately and apart as a result of the breakdown of their spousal relationship.

Feedback should be provided to James Steele at [email protected] by May 20, 2022

If as a CBA member you have Saskatchewan legislation you would like to be considered, or issues you would like CBA Saskatchewan to advocate, please contact James Steele, Legislation & Law Reform Director [email protected].

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National Volunteer Week 2022: Highlighting Robertson Stromberg’s Community Partnerships

From April 24 to 30, Canadians celebrate National Volunteer Week (NVW2022). This year’s theme is Volunteering is Empathy in Action and honours the dedicated volunteers that bring heart to Canada’s communities.

At Robertson Stromberg LLP, we are very proud of our community involvement and our active participation as volunteers with local non-profit organizations. We have deep roots in our community, and we are proud to call the city of Saskatoon home.

Robertson Stromberg’s community partnerships have three central components – volunteer Board memberships, sponsorships and donations, and community involvement.

Board Memberships

 
Non-profit organizations are essential for building an engaged and collaborative community. Our lawyers serve on Boards as a way to support our community and to build capacity within organizations that often have limited resources.

As Board members, Robertson Stromberg lawyers volunteer their time – and provide governance expertise and oversight – to some of our community’s most active non-profit organizations and charities.

Our Board memberships include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area, CHEP Good Food, Dress for Success Saskatoon, the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, OUTSaskatoon, READ Saskatoon, Remai Modern art gallery and Station 20 West community centre. These organizations address issues ranging from food security in the city’s core neighbourhoods to inclusiveness and economic empowerment.

As Board members, Robertson Stromberg lawyers volunteer their time – and provide governance expertise and oversight – to some of our community’s most active non-profit organizations and charities.

Sponsorships and Donations

 
Robertson Stromberg recognizes that the backbone of any charitable organization is its volunteers. That’s why we commit our sponsorship dollars to assist non-profit organizations in building capacity to support those individuals who give their time to make our community great.

Some examples of organizations we support through sponsorships and donations are the Okihtcitawak Patrol Group (OPG), the Sum Theatre and the Secret Santa Foundation. The OPG is an Indigenous created and led community-based patrol group that services Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods. As an independent theatre company, Sum Theatre’s mission is to build community by creating inclusive experiences. The Secret Santa Foundation’s mandate is to provide a complete Christmas to 600 less fortunate Saskatoon families with children under 12.

Community Involvement

 
As a community-minded full-service law firm, Robertson Stromberg lawyers provide pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations across the province. Through the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA), our lawyers offer legal advice clinics at the Saskatoon Public Library. We also participate with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) to provide free legal services to low-income provincial residents.

Our community involvement isn’t limited only to legal services. RS Partner Misty Alexandre volunteers as head coach of both the Comet Lazers U9B Hockey Team and the Comet Blasters U7 Hockey Team. Partner Kirsten Hnatuk volunteers as a literacy coach with READ Saskatoon’s literacy program. And, partner Kim Anderson, Q.C., is a member of the Appeals Board for Saskatoon Youth Soccer.

Let’s celebrate Canada’s volunteers together. #NVW2022 #EmpathyInAction #VolunteersBringHeart

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Whether it’s personal or business, we handle cases ranging from wills to overseeing complex business deals, and everything in between. Our success comes as a result of our collective effort. Combining the experience of your lawyer together with the resources of our team, you can put your trust in us to handle your case with confidence.

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