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Pension May be Collapsed in the Face of an Admitted Fraud

In the recent decision of Alberta Motor Association v. Gladden, 2017 ABQB 174, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench clarified the limits to which employer-sponsored pension benefits will be immunized from enforcement proceedings…more
| Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law

TSX - Skirting the Rules No Longer - TSX provides guidance on the use of "exceptional circumstances" in issuer majority voting policies

On March 9, 2017, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) issued Staff Notice 2017-001 (the Staff Notice), which provides guidance on the TSX's majority voting requirement and the use of advance notice policies for director election…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Know the Risks of a Cyberattack on Your Third-Party Service Providers

Names, emails, credit card numbers, and home addresses: chances are good that your business collects client data with information that is valuable to hackers on the black market. A hacker will at some point try to access those…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy

CSA Reviews Use of Social Media by Reporting Issuers

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (notice). The notice provides the results of the CSA’s review of social medial…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Securities Law

Post-Midwest: Section 99(2) of the EPA Proves a Powerful Tool

The Ontario Superior Court awarded damages for migration of dry cleaning solvents the defendant corporation spilled between 1960 and 1974 in Huang v Fraser Hillary's Limited, 2017 ONSC 1500 [Huang] under section 99(2) of the…more
| Civil Remedies, Toxic Torts

Federal Court Cracks Down on Intentional Infringement with $1 Million Punitive Damages Awards

It's been a costly week for intentional infringers of intellectual property (IP) rights. In two separate decisions, the Federal Court of Canada has awarded $1 million in punitive damages. These are among the highest punitive…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Task Force Report: International Trade Law Implications of Legalization

In this edition of our series on the Task Force’s final report "A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada" (the "Report"), we explore the international trade law implications of the Task Force’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Possible New Clean Fuel Standard in Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is considering the development of a new clean fuels regulation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The purpose of this proposed new regulation is to reduce Canada’s…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

The Impact of Trump's Travel Ban on Canadian Fintechs

Trump’s January 27, 2017, Executive Order, entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," has created waves in the tech world. Canadian technology firms are viewing this as an opportunity…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Blockchain and Secured Lending in Canada

Blockchain, the peer-to-peer distributed ledger technology introduced in 2008 to support Bitcoin, has lately attracted attention for its potential uses in areas unrelated to the virtual currency. A recent Harvard Business Review…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2017

As we start 2017, uncertainty abounds. Donald J. Trump’s ascension to the Presidency and populist movements in Europe and Britain are set to upend global norms and challenge the status quo. Serious questions are being raised…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Highlights From the Annual Canadian Securities Administrators' Enforcement Report

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released its 2016 Enforcement Report this week. The ninth annual report highlights efforts taken across the country to deter and sanction wrongdoing in capital markets…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

On Strict Terms: Wording of Termination Provision Not What the Employer Does Determines Enforceability

Highlighting the importance of using precise language in termination provisions of employment contracts, the Ontario Court of Appeal in Wood v Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 [Wood] recently held that a termination…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court of Canada Denies Jury Trials for Securities Act Offences

In two recent decisions, R v Peers, 2017 SCC 13 and R v Aitkens, 2017 SCC 14, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that those accused of securities law offences do not have the right to a trial by jury…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Securities Law

When Can Judicial Review of a Tribunal's Decision Include a Tribunal's Other Decisions?

When can a court review a tribunal's decisions, other than the decision under review, in determining whether the decision should be subject to a remedy on judicial review? This question arises from the recent Supreme Court of…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law
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