Corporate/commercial law


  • 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    With the Ontario government having repealed the province’s Green Energy Act, cancelling the provincial cap-and-trade regime and legislating that proponents cannot sue for certain cancelled projects,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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trade lawyers keeping an eye on tariff-rate quotas

    Trade lawyers keeping an eye on tariff-rate quotas

    Oct 1, 2018

    Market data from the first year of implementation of the Canada-EU trade agreement showed that Canada’s implementation of tariff-rate quotas on European cheese was found to have been done in a manner that did not open up markets as promised.

  • Law is a marathon, not a sprint

    Oct 1, 2018

    Law students often hear the same piece of advice: Article at a Bay Street firm and work there for a year or two or three.

  • 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.

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