Corporate/commercial law


  • Decision confronts challenges in valuing Bitcoin

    Decision confronts challenges in valuing Bitcoin

    Sep 24, 2018

    A startup co-founder must post security for costs in cash of $50,000 to the court after an Ontario judge said there was “too much uncertainty” around the value of his company’s shares, including assets denominated in Bitcoin.

  • Umbrella damages case going to the Supreme Court

    Umbrella damages case going to the Supreme Court

    Sep 17, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave in Pioneer v. Godfrey, a class action case that deals with “umbrella damages” in competition law, where the case law between British Columbia and Ontario differs.

  • Bureau offers guidance on efficiencies analysis

    Bureau offers guidance on efficiencies analysis

    Sep 17, 2018

    The Competition Bureau released a draft guidance document on efficiencies analysis in merger reviews, which has allowed otherwise anti-competitive mergers to happen in Canada that would be blocked in other jurisdictions.

  • New competition commissioner needs vision

    Sep 17, 2018

    The federal government is searching for a new competition commissioner following the retirement of John Pecman and appointment of an interim commissioner.

  • Shift discretion on mandatory minimums

    Sep 10, 2018

    When the Liberal government came into power in 2015, there was a feeling among criminal lawyers of a shift in philosophy toward criminal justice.

  • Tesla wins court challenge against province

    Tesla wins court challenge against province

    Sep 3, 2018

    A judge in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice quashed the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s plan to create and fund a transition program for electric vehicle subsidies, after Tesla Motors Canada ULC claimed it had been “demonized” and excluded from the program for “purposes that are outside the legitimate reach of the laws.”

  • Impermissible subdivision of a termination clause

    Aug 27, 2018

    Enforceability of a termination clause in a written employment contract continues to be a vexing legal issue. An employment case in point is the Court of Appeal for Ontario decision in Amberber v. IBM Canada Ltd., 2018 ONCA 571, which clarified that subdivision of a termination clause into constituent parts and their subsequent individual interpretation is not permissible.

  • The gig economy and the law

    Aug 20, 2018

    Who is a worker in Ontario? The test in the province to determine who is an employee or an independent contractor under the Employment Standards Act includes certain fundamental criteria.

  • Telus class action case heads to the SCC

    Telus class action case heads to the SCC

    Aug 20, 2018

    The application of a key provision in the provincial Arbitration Act when there are class actions involving two different types of potential claimants will be before the Supreme Court of Canada this fall.

  • Panama Papers and solicitor-client privilege

    Aug 13, 2018

    With the recent release of another 1.2 million files in data from a further “Panama Papers” leak, there are renewed questions being asked internationally around the complicity and facilitation of money laundering by lawyers.

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