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Archive for April 2011

iPad or Playbook?

With a big head start in release dates, the iPad clearly has the lead over the Playbook. But does this mean it is the best choice for lawyers and legal firms? Which one will help your law practice? If looking around the office is any indication, the iPad is the winner. By the time the Playbook was released today the technology junkies had already bought their tablet and they are not going to purchase another one until there is a significant reason to do so.

There are so many good applications available for the iPad that will help your practice. Apple’s productivity suite ($), DropBox (free), LogMeIn Ignition ($) and a terrific new app, Moleskine (free).

Given the head start in sales and the countless apps I think the iPad is the best choice.

For more information on using your iPad in your law practice, check out the following blogs: Legal iPad (www.legal-ipad.com), Tablet Legal (www.tabletlegal.com), iPadLawyer (www.ipadlawyer.co.uk), iPad Notebook (www.ipadnotebook.wordpress.com)

FSCO Releases Draft Statement of Priorities for 2011

FSCO has released a draft of its statement of priorities for 2011. Some of the activities being considered are:

– Audit reviews of compliance with 2010 auto reforms, including Statutory Accident Benefits
– Work with stakeholders to identify measures that will reduce fraud and abuses in the auto insurance industry
– Undertake long-term initiatives from the 2010 auto insurance reforms – Minor Injury Treatment protocol, catastrophic impairment definition and closed claims study
– Consider additional tools in enforcement of insurance regulation such as administrative monetary penalties
– Initiate electronic mediation scheduling and explore feasibility of private sector medation/arbitration service providers to assist with increased workload resolution services.

FSCO is inviting comments on this draft by June 7, 2011.

Expert panel seeks comment on its definition of catastrophic impairment

The Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel is seeking comments on its final report on the definition of “catastrophic impairment” under Ontario’s Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS).

The report will be posted on the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)’s Web site for review on Apr. 11.

An information session will take place on April 28 to address questions on the report’s content. Attendance at the information session will be limited to three representatives from a single organization.

FSCO asks that interested parties RSVP by Apr. 21, or provide written submissions (supported by scientific evidence) by May 13 via the following email: [email protected]

“Catastrophic Impairment Report I Consultation” should be included in the emails subject line.

Alternatively, submissions can also be faxed to 416-590-7265, or mailed to the following:
Sivan Raz
Auto Insurance Policy Unit
Financial Services Commission of Ontario
5160 Yonge Street Box 85
Toronto ON M2N 6L9

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