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  • Time for dedicated internet libel legislation

    Nov 13, 2017

    It is often said that you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. However, it certainly hasn’t stopped the Ontario courts from giving it a try in attempting to apply Ontario’s antiquated Libel and Slander Act to defamatory publications on the internet.

  • Co-ownership requires legal care

    Co-ownership requires legal care

    Oct 30, 2017

    Developing a sound co-ownership agreement is key when pooling resources to get into the often prohibitively expensive real estate market.

  • Fair Housing plan means changes for landlords

    Fair Housing plan means changes for landlords

    Oct 30, 2017

    Small investors who rely on the real estate market for extra income risk running afoul of the law if they don’t pay close attention to new rules introduced earlier this year through Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan.

  • Assignment agreements under scrutiny: Governments and developers clamping down

    Assignment agreements under scrutiny: Governments and developers clamping down

    Oct 30, 2017

    The provincial government warns that the practice of skirting taxes on the appreciation of property when the purchase and sale agreement is assigned to another buyer is on its radar.

  • New rules around condo board oversight

    New rules around condo board oversight

    Oct 30, 2017

    New legislation regulating condominiums that began rolling out in September will impact how condo boards are run by imposing disclosure obligations on directors and is geared at providing condo owners with more information.

  • OCA clarifies Insurance Act amendments

    OCA clarifies Insurance Act amendments

    Oct 2, 2017

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified that 2015 amendments to the Insurance Act could apply to actions that were brought forward before changes came into force. In complimenting decisions of two cases heard together on appeal — El-Khodr v. Lackie and Cobb v. Long Estate — the court found that a new prejudgment interest rate applied to actions brought over motor vehicle accidents that predated the legislation.

  • Broken system needs an overhaul

    Oct 2, 2017

    Bringing paralegals into a broken court system is not the solution to providing efficient, cost-effective access to the legal system. The court system is complicated and arduous.

  • Potential changes concern pharma companies

    Potential changes concern pharma companies

    Oct 2, 2017

    Proposed changes to the way Canada puts a ceiling on patented drug prices have put pharmaceutical companies on alert, says an Ottawa intellectual property lawyer. Earlier this summer, Health Canada released a consultation report entitled “Protecting Canadians from Excessive Drug Prices” that included a number of suggested amendments to the federal Patented Medicines Regulations, which are in turn used by the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board to determine the level at which a drug’s price crosses the threshold to become excessive.

  • Rush to register trademarks before 2019

    Rush to register trademarks before 2019

    Oct 2, 2017

    According to Vaccari, the amendments also provide additional tools that will help tackle potential misuse of the application process by trolls. When they take effect, they will add a new ground of opposition to s. 38(2) of the Trade-marks Act, allowing registrations to be challenged where the applicant was not using and did not intend to use the mark in association with a specified good or service at the time it was filed. “Oppositions are going to increase, and that’s something they have seen in Europe, too. Some squatters are going to be trolls who see it as an opportunity to make money, but I’m not sure how successful they will be,” Vaccari says.

  • Tax changes could have costly consequences

    Tax changes could have costly consequences

    Sep 25, 2017

    Proposed changes to private incorporation tax rules could have costly consequences for corporate clients, say lawyers who have reviewed potential shifts to the Income Tax Act. The federal Liberal government has been at the centre of ongoing controversy over the proposed changes, which were announced this summer and could go into effect later this fall.

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