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Key Developments in Canadian Insolvency Case Law in 2019

January 28, 2020

In 2019, a number of judicial decisions were rendered across Canada, including by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), that will be of interest to commercial lenders and restructuring professionals. This article summarizes the core issues of importance in each of these cases. It also provides status updates on the cases reported in our January 2019 Blakes Whitepaper: 2018 Developments…

Top 10 Developments in Canadian Employment and Labour Law in 2019

January 13, 2020

2019 brought a number of significant developments to employment and labour law in Canada. We have collected and briefly highlighted our picks, in no particular order, for the top 10 developments from across the country. 1. Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts 2. No Tort of Harassment In Ontario 3. Courts Continue to Grapple with Termination Clauses 4. Most Provinces Increase…

Commercial Leasing in Canada: A Look Back at 2019

January 8, 2020

As we enter 2020, Blakes offers this look back at 2019 from a commercial lease perspective. It was a busy year deal-wise for the industry and, as a result, easy to fall behind on legal and other developments. This short recap is intended to get readers back on track as we all start accelerating into 2020. The general industry feeling…

Cannabis 2.0: Key Updates for 2020

December 11, 2019

  Since the initial wave of legalization in 2018, cannabis continues to be a hot topic across Canada. The second wave of legalization, also known as Cannabis 2.0, came into effect on October 17, 2019, and with it comes the opportunity to manufacture and sell cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals, in addition to the other product forms. Here are five…

Competition Law and the Digital Economy in Canada

December 4, 2019

Competition law enforcement agencies have undertaken many new initiatives focused on the digital economy, including publishing position papers,1 developing enforcement strategies,2 hiring specialized personnel,3 and taking enforcement action against technology companies. Like its international counterparts, the Canadian Competition Bureau (the Bureau) is focused on issues related to the digital economy.   Please click here to download.

Canadian Competition Law Issues for the Financial Services Sector

November 28, 2019

In recent years, the financial services sector has seen the emergence of new business models and services, including in areas like Internet payments and intermediary platforms. At the same time, the financial services sector has emerged as a key area of focus for potential advocacy initiatives and enforcement by the Competition Bureau. At Blakes, we routinely advise a broad range…

The Digitization of Vehicles: Privacy Concerns

November 28, 2019

In this video, Blakes Privacy lawyer Wendy Mee addresses privacy concerns and risks for autonomous vehicles, and what privacy protective measures and controls AV companies can implement in order to ensure that privacy is protected and that privacy risks are minimized.   For further information, please contact: Wendy Mee                      …

Litigation Risk on the Rise: 3 Trends in Cybersecurity Class Actions in Canada

October 30, 2019

Cybersecurity litigation in Canada is on the rise. Given that the number of data breaches in Canada has been rising exponentially in recent years, the increase in cybersecurity litigation is unsurprising. However, the increase in the volume of breaches, coupled with privacy legislation changes, has resulted in more reporting to the privacy commissioners, attempted class proceedings, and settlements of actions….

Pensions Newsletter – October 2019

October 23, 2019

Welcome to the 25th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

Cybersecurity Concerns in the Age of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

October 22, 2019

In this video, Blakes Cybersecurity and Litigation lawyer Nicole Henderson discusses the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing manufacturers of autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity mechanisms that automobile companies can adopt in order to prepare and protect themselves from cyber threats, and cybersecurity class actions.  For further information, please contact: Nicole Henderson                      416-863-2399 or any other member of our Automotive, Cybersecurity and Privacy groups.