Category: Life Sciences

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Canadian Court Nixes Class Action for Patent Abuse

December 16, 2015

The British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA), in Low v. Pfizer Canada Inc., has held that Canada’s Patent Act provides a complete code that forecloses civil actions by consumers centred on breaches of the statute. BACKGROUND The decision relates to an application to certify a proposed class action, commenced by a representative plaintiff, Britton Low, against various Pfizer companies, alleging…

Prescription for Law: The World of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

October 28, 2015

Blakes hosted a special full-day program focused on the life sciences industry. The program will included updates on legal developments and trends as well as strategies to identify and minimize common risks. Topics included privacy, cybersecurity, personalized medicine, litigation risk management, Bill C-17and transparency measures, competition issues in IP, procurement, anti-corruption and integrity, patient group relationships and social media, all…

Canadian Government to Ban Microbeads in Personal Care Products

August 24, 2015

  The Canadian government has published a proposed Order to add plastic microbeads to the Toxic Substances List and has announced it is developing regulations to ban their use.     Microbeads are synthetic polymer particles manufactured to be larger than 0.1 micrometer and smaller than or equal to five millimeters and are commonly used in personal care products such as…

B.C. Court Finds Methodology to Prove Causation is Required to Certify Pharmaceutical Class Actions

February 4, 2015

  INTRODUCTION   On January 22, 2015, the British Columbia Court of Appeal set aside certification of a class action against Apotex Inc. and Abbott Laboratories Ltd. in Charlton v. Abbott Laboratories Ltd. (Charlton), in which the plaintiffs allege that the medicine sibutramine (sold under the brand name Meridia by Abbott), an antidepressant that is also used for weight loss,…

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