Corporate/commercial law


  • 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.

  • Regulations about crypto-currencies remain uncertain

    Regulations about crypto-currencies remain uncertain

    Aug 6, 2018

    Lawyers are keeping a close eye on regulations about crypto-currencies, while advising more businesses about how to use the technology.

  • Businesses should consider assistance post-NAFTA

    Businesses should consider assistance post-NAFTA

    Aug 6, 2018

    Businesses should thoroughly examine their products and consider available government assistance programs to weather the economic uncertainty caused by the ongoing trade battle between Canada and the United States over steel and aluminum products, lawyers say.

  • OCA upholds U.S. rabbinical court’s award

    OCA upholds U.S. rabbinical court’s award

    Jul 30, 2018

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the enforcement of a New York rabbinical court’s award in a real estate dispute in Ontario, reinforcing the province’s role as a leader in international commercial arbitration law, say lawyers.

  • Insolvency disputes a growing area for litigation funding

    Insolvency disputes a growing area for litigation funding

    Jul 23, 2018

    A recent Quebec case saw the court approve a funding arrangement between a litigation financing company and an insolvent company in order to fund a lawsuit against the insolvent company’s largest creditor, with the financing company getting a share of the proceeds if successful.

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