International/crossborder law


  • Extradition law needs reconsideration

    Feb 20, 2018

    According to an old joke among lawyers, in an extradition case there is usually only one strategic decision to make — window or aisle. This is not too far from the truth.

  • Morneau tax proposals still problematic

    Morneau tax proposals still problematic

    Jan 29, 2018

    Despite federal Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s attempt to soften his plan to tax private Canadian companies, tax lawyers still see major problems with the proposals.

  • Cameco and Oxford cases front and centre in 2018

    Cameco and Oxford cases front and centre in 2018

    Jan 29, 2018

    All eyes in the tax bar are on two important corporate tax cases currently wending their way through the courts, which could see judgments as early as the first half of 2018.

  • Who on the SCC will pick up the tax mantle?

    Who on the SCC will pick up the tax mantle?

    Jan 29, 2018

    Now that Justices Beverley McLachlin and Marshall Rothstein have left the Supreme Court of Canada, many in the tax bar are wondering not only who will carry the tax torch going forward but if Canada’s top court will have the appetite to tackle complex tax cases.

  • U.S. tax reforms present challenges

    U.S. tax reforms present challenges

    Jan 29, 2018

    Tax lawyers say recent U.S. tax changes will present challenges for Canadian companies operating south of the border and U.S. subsidiaries operating here.

  • An optimistic end to 2017

    An optimistic end to 2017

    Dec 11, 2017

    When 2017 got under way, Canadian politics-watchers were keen to see how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would find common ground with President Donald Trump.

  • OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

    OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

    Nov 13, 2017

    The Court of Appeal has determined that part of an Islamic marriage contract was part of net family property under the Ontario Family Law Act. The appeal in Bakhshi v. Hosseinzadeh concerned whether property conveyed under an Islamic marriage contract — or Maher — should be excluded from net family property, which is the monetary value of parties’ net worth that is equalized between spouses when they separate.

  • OCA lifts roadblock for Chevron case

    OCA lifts roadblock for Chevron case

    Nov 13, 2017

    The Court of Appeal has set aside an order that could have ended a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ attempts to enforce a US$9.5-million judgment against Chevron in Ontario. In October, a judge ordered the plaintiffs to post more than $900,000 as security for costs of the proceeding, as they had failed to show their claim had a good chance of success.

  • New framework to be used for foreign claimants

    New framework to be used for foreign claimants

    Oct 30, 2017

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has outlined a new framework to be used when deciding if there is jurisdiction over foreign claimants within a global class action that originates in this province.

  • Know your rights at the border

    Know your rights at the border

    Oct 30, 2017

    Technology is wonderful. Laptop computers are getting lighter. Storage capacity on laptop computers, smartphones, USB keys and other electronic devices are up in the terabytes. What this means is that everyone, including lawyers, can travel with vast amounts of personal data and client documents dating back to or before the purchase of an electronic device.

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