National Newswatch

Judge permanently retires one-time lawyer Harry Kopyto 31 years after disbarment

Jan 19 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A one-time Toronto lawyer known for championing underdog causes and whose high profile battles with the profession's regulator spanned decades has been forced into legal retirement. In a decision this month, a Superior Court justice permanently barred Harry Kopyto from practising law, providing legal services or holding himself out as a legal agent — a ban […]

Sen. Mike Duffy appeals ruling blocking him from suing Senate over suspension

Jan 17 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Senate forfeited any claim to immunity from lawsuits over its suspension of Mike Duffy, because its actions were politically motivated and unlawful, the senator's lawyer argued on Thursday. In submissions to the Ontario Court of Appeal, Lawrence Greenspon said the decision in November 2013 to suspend Duffy without pay came at the direction […]