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sometimes i wonder
about places i’m not
how can i fit in?


Expert Evidence; Inferences About Factual Causation; Snell v Farrell; Ediger v Johnston

With the end approaching of what would have been, once upon a time, the  “long vacation” and litigators gearing up for the fall court season, it’s time for a fashion tip reminder. 918 more words


RCT as I say, not as I do

Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are the gold standard in policy evaluation.

Say you’re investigating a third world development policy, like building schools, or installing water pumps, or distributing malaria-resistant bednets. 1,146 more words


Proving factual causation: the process of drawing causal inferences

From Russell Brown,* “Cause-in-Fact at the Supreme Court of Canada: Developments in Tort Law in 2012-13″ (2014), 64 S.C.L.R. (2d) 327 at 331

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Biting the hand: the default framework for factual causation in tort in British Columbia

In Simmons v. Yeager Properties Inc., 2014 BCCA 201 (released on May 20, 2014 so on the BCCA website soon after that) Lowry JA ( A. 273 more words


Biting a less dangerous (for me) hand

The trial judge wrote in

Skrepnek v Krochak, 2014 ABQB 358

      Sopinka J. for the Supreme Court in Snell held that factual uncertainty in that case did not automatically defeat the claim but that a “robust and pragmatic approach to the facts” could enable an inference to be drawn even though medical or scientific expertise could not arrive at a definitive conclusion:  Snell at para 22. 

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Biting a hand that might, just a mite, because, well, yes, but not quite

and the “not quite” might result in some lawyer, or even some judge, who ought to, but doesn’t, know better concluding that the “not quite” means that the result of the trial is wrong in law. 2,357 more words