Month: January 2020

Should Carsharing Drivers Submit to Breathalyzers?

A Canadian lawyer is pushing for carsharing companies to add breathalyzers to their cars, following a crash in Vancouver involving a Car2Go vehicle that killed a taxi driver.

According to News 1130, lawyer Kyla Lee of Acumen Law Corporation is arguing that the cost of installation would be covered because the vehicles are used so often, and that you can’t put a price on someone’s life. 

You can read the full article here.

Animal Litigation: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses animal litigation and when courts should exercise their discretion to grant public interest in standing on behalf of animals.

Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada.

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode 89


In this episode of Driving Law, Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko discuss the fatal taxi and car-to-go accident and whether it may be appropriate for carshare users to prove their sobriety before getting behind the wheel.

Later on, there is a discussion regarding yet another conviction of somebody in a distracted driving case for charging their phone in their cupholder. …

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Four

This week, Weird and Wacky Wednesdays brings you all of your favourite standards. First, we look at a Florida woman who committed a really shitty assault. Then, we examine the case of a particularly unique driver who decided to do something to attract police attention. Finally, we look at a woman who has a full-on meltdown in a McDonald’s over dipping sauce.

Follow the jump for some of the best weird and wacky legal stories from around the globe.

How I would write BC’s distracted driving law

There has been a great deal of confusion, yet again, over British Columbia’s distracted driving law. In an effort to make the law more clear, I recently suggested that I would spend my next free weekend writing out a new version of the law for the government.

Since I’m a woman of my word, I did it. I spent a Friday night, writing what I hope is a sensible and comprehensible version of the law.

Follow the jump below to read what I would have written, if I wrote the law. And I fully invite the government to borrow what I have written and amend the legislation accordingly. As you will see, what I have written is undeniably clear and answers questions that have led to confusion for drivers, police officers, and the courts.

Let me know in the comments what you think.

Patent Validity: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses patent validity and what constitutes ‘obviousness’ in patents.

Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada.

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode 88


For the first Driving Law episode of the new year, Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko answer questions that podcast listeners asked over twitter including:

How to dispute an excessive speeding ticket, how deep the common law is on dashcam footage/video taken at the scene of an incident, laws that limit the candlepower of headlights and more! …

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Three


Are you missing out on your weird and wacky legal content right now? Last week, Wednesday fell on Christmas Day and so there was no weird and wacky post. But this week, it falls on New Year’s Day, which means you’re getting some content.

And boy howdy do we have a crazy lineup of legal cases for you. First, we answer the question of how four people can be charged with impaired operation at the same time. Then, we examine the case of a woman who has the shoddiest defence of all time to her drug possession charges. And finally, we travel back to Florida for a beachside bang-o-rama.

Follow the jump to read more about the weirdest and wackiest legal cases from the past two weeks. …

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