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Access Denied: Primary Market Liability Regime Not Available to Secondary Market Security Holders

In its recent decision in Rooney v. ArcelorMittal S.A. (Rooney), the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Court) held that primary market investors have the option of suing both the offeror and its directors and signatories for...more

Honest Weight: Court of Appeal Affirms Threshold for Leave in Secondary Market Securities Class Action

In its recent decision in Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc. (Mask), the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Court) dismissed an appeal of the denial of leave and certification to a proposed statutory secondary market securities class...more

OSC Whistleblower Program Launched

On July 16, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced the launch of its Office of the Whistleblower. This is the first paid whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada. Subject to eligibility...more

How Rude! Incivility and the Groia Appeal

That loud whirring you heard earlier this week? It was the sound of Ontario’s 50,000 (or so) lawyers collectively printing the 169-page, 445-paragraph decision in Groia v The Law Society of Upper Canada. The case has been...more

Test for Leave to bring Secondary Market Securities Class Action is not a “Low Bar”

The recent decision in Bradley v. Eastern Platinum Ltd. saw the Superior Court of Justice reaffirm the position that the test for statutory leave to bring a secondary market securities class action “is not a low bar.” Justice...more

Court Clarifies the Scope of Underwriter Liability in Securities Class Actions

In LBP Holdings Ltd. v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered a motion to add the underwriters of a bought deal secondary public offering as defendants to a proposed securities class...more

Underwriters May Have Expertise But That Does Not Make Them “Experts”

In the LBP Holdings v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. decision released on April 27, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the underwriters of a secondary public offering (SPO) to be added as defendants to a...more

Will the New Cooperative Securities Regulator Get Off the Ground? Silence from New Government Prompts Doubts

In the five months since the federal Liberal government took office, it has remained largely silent on the future of the cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System), even as Alberta and Quebec maintain...more

Court Dismisses Secondary Market Securities Class Action Based on Extensive Evidence

In Coffin v. Atlantic Power Corp., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered two motions: (1) for leave under section 138.8 of the Ontario Securities Act (the “OSA”) to commence an action for secondary market...more

New Capital Markets Regulator: Extent of Consultation and CMA Provisions Remain of Concern

Comments on the revised consultation draft of the provincial/territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and the draft initial regulations (Initial Regulations and, together with the CMA, the Consultation Drafts) for the proposed...more

Ontario Superior Court Decision Confirms That “Public Correction” Requirement is a Temporal Marker

Under the Ontario Securities Act (“OSA”), a statutory right of action exists for secondary market misrepresentation for any person who acquires or disposes of an issuer’s securities within the relevant time period. An action...more

CIBC v. Green: The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Key Provisions of the Ontario Securities Act and the Ontario Class...

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada offers both clarity and further questions on the timing of secondary market misrepresentation claims brought under the Ontario Securities Act (the “Securities Act”). While we...more

Back to the Future: Update on Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System’s Approach to Take-over Bids and Issuer Bids

Under the proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System), which would create a cooperative regulator involving the federal government and the governments of British Columbia, New Brunswick,...more

Recent Decision Clarifies Availability of Defences at the Leave Stage in Statutory Securities Class Actions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s (Court) recent decision in Rahimi v. SouthGobi Resources (Rahimi) confirms that courts will consider and evaluate defences at the leave stage of a statutory secondary market disclosure...more

Supreme Court of Canada considers Limitation Period for Secondary Market Securities Class Actions

On December 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated decision in a trilogy of shareholder class actions under the secondary market liability provisions of the Ontario Securities Act (the “OSA”). At...more

Interaction between Ontario Securities Act and the Class Proceedings Act: Supreme Court of Canada trilogy affirms the reasonably...

Background On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision1 in a trilogy of cases concerning the interaction between the Ontario Securities Act (“OSA”)2 and the Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (“CPA”)3. The...more

Theratechnologies leave threshold proves too robust for plaintiff shareholder in Securities Class Action

In Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc. released on October 22, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered a motion for leave to commence an action for secondary market misrepresentation under section 138.8 of the...more

Procedural Fairness Owed to Defendants May Redefine how Plaintiffs Proceed under the OSA

The Court of Appeal in Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation, Local 675 Pension Fund (Trustees of) v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. recently determined whether, once leave to assert a claim under part XXIII.1 of the Ontario...more

TSX Amends Requirements for Closed-end Funds, Exchange Traded Products and Structured Products

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has adopted amendments to the TSX Company Manual (Manual) concerning non-corporate issuers, effective September 17, 2015. The amendments generally codify existing practices of the TSX with...more

Cooperative Capital Markets System Publishes Revised Draft Legislation and Draft Regulations

On August 25, 2015, the participating jurisdictions of the proposed Cooperative Capital Markets System (the Cooperative System) published for comment a revised consultation draft of the uniform provincial/territorial Capital...more

Ontario Court Upholds Limitations on Liability for Misrepresentations Contained in Take-Over Bid Circulars

In a decision released on July 30, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has clarified that plaintiffs seeking to advance claims under section 131(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario) alleging misrepresentation in a...more

Ontario Creates Significant New Record-Keeping Obligations for Capital Markets Participants

The Ontario government has amended Ontario’s Securities Act (Act) to expand the scope of prohibited insider trading and enhance the record-keeping requirements imposed upon capital market participants in the province. This...more

OSC Proposes New Whistleblower Program, with Financial Awards

Ontario may soon become the first Canadian jurisdiction to implement a whistleblower program for suspected securities law violations. On February 3, 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) issued Staff...more

Court Limits Plaintiff’s Ability to Access Corporate Documents in Securities Class Action

In Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc. released on July 18, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered whether a plaintiff seeking leave to commence a secondary market liability action under the Securities Act is...more

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

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