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Doing Business in Canada: Marketing & Labeling Legislation

MARKETING & LABELING LEGISLATION - In Canada, the federal Competition Act prohibits certain marketing activities, which include: • Resale price maintenance • Predatory pricing • Price discrimination •...more

Competition Bureau Releases Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

On April 2, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released draft updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (Revised IPEGs) for a 60-day consultation period. The Revised IPEGs principally reflect the amendments to...more

Competition Bureau Releases Consultation Draft of Price Maintenance Enforcement Guidelines

On March 20, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released for public comment draft enforcement guidelines on the price maintenance provisions found in section 76 of the Competition Act (Draft Guidelines). The Draft...more

Provisions of UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act Take Effect

New competition provisions may make it easier to prosecute cartel offences, but add additional exclusions and defences. On 1 April, the competition provisions of the UK’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) came...more

Court Orders Rogers to Pay $500,000 Competition Act Penalty and Provides Guidance on Remedies

On February 24, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision regarding remedies in Canada (Commissioner of Competition) v. Chatr Wireless Inc. The Court’s decision provides important judicial guidance on...more

Investment Canada Act and Competition Act Mandatory Review Thresholds For 2014

On January 20, 2014, the Competition Bureau announced the 2014 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold would increase to $82 million; the 2013 threshold was $80 million. ...more

Arora v. Whirlpool: The Case of Smelly Washing Machines

Smelly washing machines were at the center of a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal. In Arora v. Whirlpool Canada LP, the plaintiffs all bought Whirlpool front-loading washing machines. The early models of these...more

What you need to know about Canadian sweepstakes and contest regulations

Clients occasionally ask me to create official rules for a sweepstakes or contest that will be conducted in the U.S. and Canada, or in Canada alone. That’s when I contact counsel in Canada who I know have up-to-date...more

Procurement and the Competition Act: Recent Guidance from the Alberta Court of Appeal

In a recent ruling involving a joint purchase agreement, the Alberta Court of Appeal held that an agreement between competitors in the oil and gas industry to exclusively use one supplier over another did not constitute an...more

Germany's Merger Control Reform: What's New (and What's Not)?

A comprehensive reform of German antitrust law will take effect in the coming weeks. The reform package passed by the German parliament last week includes significant changes to the merger control regime....more

Federal Court of Appeal Rules that Class Proceedings under the Competition Act Can Be Stayed on the Basis of an Arbitration Clause

The Federal Court of Appeal recently issued an important ruling in respect of the application of arbitration clauses to private actions and class proceedings involving claims of anti-competitive conduct under the Competition...more

Focus On Competition, Antitrust And Foreign Investment - January 2013: "Investment Canada And Competition Law – 2012 In Review and...

In This Issue: - Investment Canada ..State-Owned Enterprises Under Scrutiny - Competition Act ..Mergers ..Cartels And Bid-Rigging ..Price Maintenance ..Abuse Of Dominance ..Competition Bureau...more

Increase in the Mandatory Review Thresholds under the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act

Competition Act - Increase in Transaction-Size Threshold - The Competition Bureau announced that the pre-merger notification threshold relating to transaction-size will increase to $80 million from the 2012 threshold of...more

Doing Business in Canada: Foreign Investment

In addition to certain industry sector regulations that may apply, both the Investment Canada Act and the Competition Act subject foreign investments to review in Canada. While the Canadian government encourages foreign...more

Doing Business in Canada: Offences Under The Competition Act

The Competition Act, which is Canada’s antitrust legislation, restricts anti-competitive business practices. The Act is designed to ensure fair competition in the Canadian marketplace. Over the last 26 years, the Act has...more

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