Jonathan Bell

Jonathan Bell

Bennett Jones LLP

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Any Amendment Must be in Writing, Signed by the Parties - Sometimes Contracts Quite Literally Do Not Mean What They Say

The English Court of Appeal recently held that an express clause in a contract requiring that any amendment be in writing and signed by the parties does not preclude oral or unsigned amendments to the contract. In holding...more

6/2/2016 - Breach of Contract Canada Contract Amendments Contract Drafting Contract Terms

A Reminder That Modern Large Partnerships are Still Partnerships

Large law and accounting firms ostensibly bear little resemblance to traditional, small-scale partnerships. Nevertheless, in the recent Ontario Superior Court decision in Tim Ludwig PC v BDO Canada LLP, 2016 ONSC 2225, a...more

4/8/2016 - Canada Fiduciary Duty Limited Liability Partnerships Partnership Agreements Partnerships

Supreme Court of Canada Releases Securities Class Actions Trilogy - Clarifies that the Leave Test has Teeth in Common Law...

The Supreme Court of Canada released reasons in its highly-anticipated trilogy of securities class action cases. In Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, a deeply divided Court reached differing conclusions on...more

12/7/2015 - Canada Class Action Class Certification Common Law Claims Negligent Misrepresentation Securities Litigation Supreme Court of Canada

Theratechnologies Inc. v. 121851 Canada Inc.: The Supreme Court Gives the Leave Test Teeth

For the first time, the Supreme Court of Canada has weighed in on the threshold for granting leave for plaintiffs to commence statutory causes of action for secondary market misrepresentation cases. In contrast to recent...more

4/21/2015 - Canada Misrepresentation Securities Litigation Supreme Court of Canada

Bayens v Kinross Gold Corporation – Misrepresentation Claims in Securities Class Actions

Ontario's statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (the OSA), creating a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure....more

12/19/2014 - Canada Class Action Misrepresentation Securities

Ontario Legislature Clarifies Securities Limitation Period

Less than one month after the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it will hear appeals in a trilogy of Ontario securities class action cases that address how the three years limitation period under the Ontario Securities...more

9/8/2014 - Appeals Canada Class Action Securities Litigation

Supreme Court Grants Leave to Appeal in Securities Class Actions

The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear appeals in a trilogy of Ontario securities class action cases: Green v. CIBC, Silver v. IMAX and Celestica v. Millwright Regional Council of Ontario Pension Trust...more

8/8/2014 - Appeals Canada Class Action Securities Litigation

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Fraud on the Market Theory in Securities Class Actions

A much-anticipated decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. was released on June 23, 2014. While the Supreme Court upheld the "fraud on the market" presumption of reliance which has made...more

6/26/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund Presumption of Reliance SCOTUS Section 10(b) Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud

Sino-Forest: More Lessons as a Chapter Closes

On March 13, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed applications for leave to appeal by a group of alleged former institutional shareholders of Sino-Forest Corporation. These institutions unsuccessfully sought leave to...more

3/18/2014 - Canada CCAA Commercial Bankruptcy SCC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Court of Appeal Addresses Outstanding Issues in Securities Class Actions - Green v Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Ontario's statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (the OSA), creating a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure....more

2/10/2014 - Canada Class Action Negligent Misrepresentation Ontario Securities Act Secondary Markets Securities

Ambiguity Remains Regarding Threshold for Leave under Part XXIII.1

Ontario’s statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (OSA), which created a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure...more

8/22/2013 - Ambiguous Canada Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)

The Test for Leave under Part XXIII.1: Ambiguity Remains

Ontario's statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (OSA), which created a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure....more

8/21/2013 - Canada Ontario Securities Act Secondary Markets

There is a Border in Cross-Border Proceedings - NASDAQ Purchasers Excluded from Ontario Class in IMAX

Those who have been following the progress of the securities class action saga of Silver v. IMAX will be interested to note that another decision in the long-running case has been released. On March 19, Justice van Rensburg...more

4/3/2013 - Canada Class Action Class Certification Cross-Border Nasdaq

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