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More Provinces Crowd into Crowdfunding, but Not Yet Ontario or Alberta

On May 14, 2015, the securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the Crowdfunding Jurisdictions) announced that they have implemented, or expect to implement,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The OSC Introduces Amendments to the Voluntary Delisting Rules in the TSX Company Manual

An issuer seeking to voluntarily delist its securities from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) is now faced with new rules aimed at providing protection to its security holders, which may require security holder approval to…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

How the New Federal Pension Benefits Standards Regulations Affect Plan Administrators

Amendments to the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985 (PBSR), first announced by the Minister of Finance in October 2009 and released in draft form on September 19, 2014, were released in final form on March 25, 2015…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Important Restrictions Placed on use of CBCA for Debt Restructurings

In a recent unreported decision denying approval of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) proposed by Connacher Oil and Gas Limited, Justice C.M. Jones of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

Ontario Superior Court States Clear Rule on Pre-Certification Production of Medical Records in Class Actions

On March 20, 2015, Justice Belobaba released his reasons in Dine v Biomet, a motion concerning the production of medical records prior to a certification motion. The case is a proposed product liability class action…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ontario Employers Must Comply with New Poster Requirements

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently released version 6.0 of the Employment Standards Poster, which outlines employees’ minimum rights and employers’ minimum obligations. With the release of this new poster, almost every…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Canadian Securities Administrators Adopt National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms

On April 30, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) adopted National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms. The Policy may be viewed on the websites of CSA members, including the Alberta Securities…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

When Does an Email Form a Legally-Binding Agreement? Ask the Canucks.

A recent decision from the British Columbia Court of Appeal provides an important reminder when communicating by email regarding the negotiation of the terms of an agreement: Just because you haven’t signed a contract, doesn’t…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Expedited Examination Options for Patent Applications Filed in the United States

In the United States, patents are granted and issued through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Each patent application received by the USPTO is examined by a United States patent examiner in the order it is…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Considerations and Implications of Expedited Patent Examination Initiatives in the US

The typical pendency of a patent application in the United States can be between two and five years. In certain situations, a patent applicant may require or want a more expeditious disposition by the USPTO…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Ontario Superior Court Awards Damages for Family Status Discrimination

Justice Healy’s January 2015 decision in Patridge v Botony Dental Corporation is likely to be on many lists of top human rights law decisions already decided this year. Besides awarding damages under the Human Rights Code,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Clarifies that Expert’s Duty to the Court is a Threshold Requirement for Admissibility

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision today which furthers existing law requiring experts in court proceedings to give fair, objective and non-partisan opinion evidence. A number of cases stood for the proposition that,…more
| Civil Procedure

Securities Regulators in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan Propose Prospectus Exemption for Certain Distributions through an Investment Dealer

On April 16, 2015, the securities regulatory authorities in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan (the Participating Jurisdictions) published Multilateral CSA Notice 45-315 Proposed Prospectus Exemption for Certain…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Miners Beware: Regulators Read Your Investor Presentations

On April 9, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 43-309 - Review of Website Investor Presentations by Mining Issuers (the Staff Notice), which summarizes the findings of a review of 130…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Operator Granted Summary Judgment Against Producer for Disputed Invoice Amounts

A gas facility operator was recently awarded summary judgment for its unpaid invoices, even though the non-paying producer disputed the amounts owing and claimed various set-offs. In SemCAMS ULC v Blaze Energy Ltd, 2015 ABQB 218…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities
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