Corporate/commercial law


  • Federal pay equity bill puts onus on employers

    Federal pay equity bill puts onus on employers

    Nov 12, 2018

    The federal government has tabled proactive pay equity legislation covering federally regulated sectors after three years of consultation.

  • Ontario case may weaken polluter pays principle

    Ontario case may weaken polluter pays principle

    Nov 5, 2018

    A recent Ontario court decision testing the province’s Environmental Protection Act could have consequences for the polluter pays principle, lawyers say.

  • Trade agreement has new environmental rules

    Trade agreement has new environmental rules

    Nov 5, 2018

    The conclusion of the renewed NAFTA agreement, renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, contains new environmental provisions that have enforceable guidelines around water and air quality that the original agreement did not.

  • Ruling on obligations of bankrupt companies coming

    Ruling on obligations of bankrupt companies coming

    Nov 5, 2018

    In the spring, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., regarding the obligations that trustees or receivers of bankrupt companies have when it comes to cleaning up contaminated sites they have acquired.

  • Change in provincial government impacts clients

    Change in provincial government impacts clients

    Nov 5, 2018

    With the Ontario government having repealed the province’s Green Energy Act, cancelling the provincial cap-and-trade regime and legislating that proponents cannot sue for certain cancelled projects, lawyers say they need to help their clients manage the political risk of doing business in the current political climate in Ontario.

  • Data release ordered

    Data release ordered

    Oct 15, 2018

    Canada can remain at the forefront of clinical trial transparency after the Federal Court ordered the release of data to a public health researcher, according to the university professor’s lawyer.

  • Foreign businesses can keep their marks

    Foreign businesses can keep their marks

    Oct 15, 2018

    Intellectual property lawyers say Canada’s trademark law is catching up with the modern world after a pair of federal court decisions allowing foreign businesses to keep their marks despite having no physical presence in the country.

  • Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights

    Canada on U.S. watch list for IP rights

    Oct 15, 2018

    Canada fully deserves its spot on the U.S. Trade Representative’s notorious priority watch list for intellectual property rights thanks to its failure to stop the flow of counterfeit goods through the country’s ports, according to a Toronto lawyer.

  • Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?

    Will mass copyright infringement litigation slow?

    Oct 15, 2018

    It’s too early to tell whether a Supreme Court of Canada decision on who should bear the cost of identifying alleged online pirates will stem the tide of mass copyright infringement litigation, according to a Toronto lawyer.

  • Closing date not essential to enforce real estate deal

    Closing date not essential to enforce real estate deal

    Oct 8, 2018

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice says a purchase agreement of 48 Ontario residential lots is enforceable, despite the seller’s claim that the unmeetable closing date invalidated the agreement.

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