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Hacked: Responding to a Cybersecurity Breach

October 8, 2014

The number and frequency of data breaches in the news underscore the new business reality that a breach is no longer a matter of “if” but “when.” Recent high-profile incidents illustrate the potentially devastating financial and reputational effects of breach and validate the importance of having a comprehensive incident response framework. Join us for a seminar on best practices and…

Shoppers Surprisingly Willing To Give Up Privacy For Deals

October 3, 2014

Retailers are in a hurry to beam messages to shoppers in stores using new technology. There has been some debate as to whether shoppers will welcome this messaging or simply find it creepy. Now there’s new research to indicate it’s the former. Close to half of all smartphone owners are open to receiving location-based messages, if it means receiving more…

Nortel Unsecured Bondholders Can’t Claim for Post-Filing Interest in Canada: Ontario Court

October 2, 2014

  On August 19, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice [Commercial List] (Ontario Court) released an important decision regarding the ability of unsecured bondholders to assert a claim for “post-filing” interest in proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (CCAA). The CCAA is Canada’s principal statute for the restructuring of large insolvent corporations and is similar in effect…

10 Things Businesses Need to Know about Competition Bureau’s Price Maintenance Enforcement Guidelines

October 1, 2014

  As we previously reported, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) has published its Price Maintenance Enforcement Guidelines (Guidelines). Summarized below are the top 10 things businesses operating in Canada need to know about the law of price maintenance in Canada and the Guidelines.   1. Price Maintenance under the Competition Act   Under section 76 of the Canadian Competition Act (Act),…

The Recent Buzz in IP Litigation in Canada

September 30, 2014

Canada has seen a number of significant developments in Canadian IP litigation over the last few years. Join members of the Blakes Intellectual Property group for a webinar on an overview of the Canadian IP litigation marketplace, the types of cases being filed and other recent trends. Topics: Patent, Copyright and Trade-mark Trolling Expert Evidence Counterfeit Litigation Remedies Speakers: Anthony…

Canadian Competition Law: Developments in Intellectual Property and Corporate Compliance

September 24, 2014

  There were three notable substantive developments arising from last week’s Canadian Bar Association Annual Fall Competition Law Conference and a speech and white paper issued by Canada’s Commissioner of Competition on September 23, 2014.     UPDATES TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT GUIDELINES   On September 18, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued an updated version of its Intellectual Property…

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Harmonized Approach to Regulating Take-Over Bids

September 23, 2014

  On September 11, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced that they have reached agreement on a harmonized approach to updating the regulation of take-over bids in Canada and will be proposing amendments to the legislation, instruments and rules that make up Canada’s take-over bid regulatory regime to implement such policy.   The stated goal of the CSA’s proposed…

Alert: Proposed Changes to Federal Pension Fund Investment Regulations

September 23, 2014

  On September 19, 2014, the federal Department of Finance released draft regulations that if adopted would amend various provisions in the pension fund investment regulations contained in Schedule III of the regulations under the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (Federal Investment Regulations).   Given that the Federal Investment Regulations are also incorporated into a number of different pension benefits statutes…

Marcotte: Can the Provinces Regulate Banking in Canada?

September 23, 2014

  On September 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte(Marcotte) and two companion cases Marcotte v. Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec and Amex Bank of Canada v. Adams.     THE ISSUE   One of the central issues in Marcotte concerned the applicability of certain provisions of the Quebec Consumer…

Securities Law: Year in Review

September 18, 2014

2014 has seen a number of significant developments in Canadian securities law. As the summer comes to an end, Blakes invites you to join us as we discuss the following topics: Year-to-date market update Whether or not proxy advisory firms will be regulated Update of experience relating to the notice-and-access proxy system Recent developments in securities litigation Mandatory majority voting…

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