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Canada

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

Dealing with conflicts of interest for registrants - disclosure is not enough

by DLA Piper on

On April 27, 2017, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”) issued a rules notice and guidance note (the “Notice”) regarding dealer firm (“Dealers”) management of compensation-related conflicts. The...more

Banking fraud The power of well drafted account opening documents in the age of e-mail

by Dentons on

When a banking customer falls victim to a fraud on his or her account, the bank that unknowingly facilitated the fraud may be faced with the question of whether it acted with sufficient care to prevent it. The decision of the...more

Changes coming soon for pharmaceutical patent litigation in Canada: key points

by DLA Piper on

As a result of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European Union, significant changes to the patent linkage provisions and patent litigation framework relating to generic and biosimilar drug approval in...more

Banking Cannabis Clients Under Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime

Unlike the United States, where the sale of cannabis remains illegal federally, the sale of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legalized in Canada. Following a recent announcement by the Canadian government, legislation...more

Quebec Adopts Bill 102, Overhauls Its Environmental Approval Regime

On March 23, 2017, the Quebec national assembly adopted Bill 102 to amend the Environment Quality Act (EQA). The Bill will result in significant changes to Quebec’s environmental approval regime. Bill 102 was tabled on...more

New Funding Framework for DB Pension Plans Announced A Follow up from the 2017 Ontario Budget

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On May 19, 2017, the Ontario Government announced that it is implementing a new funding framework for defined benefit (DB) pension plans in Ontario. Highlights include...more

Highlights from the National Energy Board modernization report

by Dentons on

On May 15, 2017, the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its report, Forward, Together: Enabling Canada's Clean, Safe, and Secure Energy Future (Report). The Panel was appointed in...more

Proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act—Defining Canada's Pacific Gateway

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On 12 May 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, in Parliament. This initiative follows up on the launch of the national Oceans Protection Plan in November 2016, and...more

Changes to pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical patent litigation in Canada

by DLA Piper on

As a result of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European Union, significant changes to the patent linkage provisions and patent litigation framework relating to generic and biosimilar drug approval in...more

Air transportation: amendments to the Canada Transportation Act tabled before Parliament

by DLA Piper on

On Tuesday, 16 May 2017, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau introduced Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Bill, amending several key provisions of the Canada Transportation Act (the “Act”). The Bill is in line with...more

Alert: Ontario Government Announces New Funding Framework for Defined Benefit Pension Plans

On May 19, 2017, the Ontario government announced that it is implementing a new funding framework for defined benefit pension plans, which includes: Requiring funding on a solvency basis in the event that a plan’s funded...more

The Trump Administration Pursues NAFTA Renegotiation

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 18, 2017, the Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification started the clock on a 90-day period that must elapse before...more

U.S. Considers NAFTA Renegotiation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Those on TN “visas” and the employers who rely on them can breathe a sigh of relief— for now. While President Donald Trump has issued his recent notice to Congress of his intent to begin the process of renegotiating NAFTA,...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Notifies Congress of the Administration’s Intent to Enter into NAFTA Renegotiations

Yesterday morning, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate renegotiations with Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade...more

Trump Administration Announces NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

After months of public pronouncements on the future, including threatened withdrawal from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump Administration announced on May 18, 2017, its intention to begin...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Goes Live

USTR Lighthizer last week delivered the Administration’s official 90-day notice to Congress that it will renegotiate NAFTA. The notice says that the process will be carried out “consistent with Congressional priorities...more

Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House formally notified Congress on Thursday of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert...more

Copyright Infringement on a Website: the Risks of Scraping and Framing

by Field Law on

If photos are available on the internet, then… they’re free for the taking, right? Wait, that’s not how copyright law works? In the world of copyright, each original image theoretically has an “author” who created the...more

Efficiency and planning - Federal Court issues Trial Management Practice Notice

by DLA Piper on

The Canadian Federal Court has provided new guidelines for efficient trial management of all trials over five days in length. These guidelines are directed to improving the efficiency of trials in the Federal Court...more

Transparency Initiatives in the Extractive Sector: ESTMA Reporting Deadline Approaching in Canada and Setbacks in the United...

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The May 30, 2017, reporting deadline under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) is fast approaching. This annual reporting deadline under ESTMA applies to entities that...more

Unique but Not Distinctive–Colour and Shape Trademark Applications Rejected for Asthma Inhalers

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Trademark protection for the shape and colour of pharmaceutical products remains elusive. Even if the appearance of a tablet or inhaler is unique, a trademark registration will be rejected without evidence that physicians,...more

FCAC Publishes First Decision Regarding Non-Compliance with Code of Conduct

On May 15, 2017, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) published Commissioner’s Decision #126 (Decision) regarding non-compliance with the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada (Code of...more

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #9: Personal Employee Information

This is the ninth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This instalment addresses privacy risks and best practices for employers with respect to the management of personal employee information. OVERVIEW...more

New Canada Anti-Spam Rules Take Effect July 1 – Additional Teeth Behind New Rules

Organizations that do business in Canada should be aware of key changes coming to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”). Beginning July 1, 2017, CASL will place stricter conditions on how companies can market their services...more

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