August 25, 2016
An interesting Canadian Business article on paid endorsements caught my eye earlier today. It discusses the increasing scrutiny of advertising regulators in Canada and the United States to require clear disclosures of material connections for online endorsements, including new Canadian Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) rules to require full disclosure of any paid endorsements or mentions of products and services.
August 16, 2016
Practical Law Canada – Competition has published a new Legal Update discussing recent Competition Bureau compliance program developments.
August 16, 2016
In an important decision released August 11, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that the discoverability principle applies to the private actions limitations period section of the Competition Act (the “Act”) (section 36(4)) (see: Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology v. AU Optronics Corporation, 2016 ONCA 621 (“Fanshawe”).
August 15, 2016
Promotional contests continue to be extremely popular for brands across a number of sectors. In this regard, I have recently updated my selection of Canadian contest law rules and forms in key popular areas, which include random draw contests, consumer generated content contests (sometimes also called “skill contests”), trip contests, as well as popular social media based promotions/contests. For more information, see Canadian Contest Forms.
Guest post by Brian D. Fergemann
Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP (Chicago)
August 14, 2016
Earlier this year, Pinterest quietly updated its guidelines for conducting contests and other types of promotions on the Pinterest platform. Those guidelines are contained within its Acceptable Use Policy. The previous guidelines stated, among other things, that companies should not “run a sweepstakes where each Pin, board, like, or follow represents an entry;” require people “to Pin from a selection;” or “require a minimum number of Pins.” None of those restrictions are found in the new guidelines. The new guidelines state that companies who conduct promotions should “encourage authentic behavior, keep Pinterest spam-free, and be sure to comply with all relevant laws and regulations.” The new guidelines state further that companies who conduct promotions should not require participants to Pin a specific image or allow more than one entry per participant. The new guidelines expressly acknowledge that requiring consumers to Pin from a selection is now permissible: “Give Pinners the ability to choose Pins based on their tastes and preferences, even if it’s from a selection or a given website.”
August 6, 2016
Canada’s federal anti-spam legislation (CASL) largely came into force on July 1, 2014. For the first three years, enforcement was primarily the responsibility of the CRTC (together with the Competition Bureau and Privacy Commissioner). For an overview of CASL, see: Anti-Spam (CASL).
August 5, 2016
I am quoted in this month’s Canadian Lawyer Magazine on the Competition Bureau’s enforcement and compliance efforts in relation to trade associations. This article is a very good roundup of current Bureau enforcement and compliance focuses with practitioner and enforcer perspectives.
August 3, 2016
The OECD has published a new interesting working paper with recommendations for reforms to increase competition in Canadian network markets. For Canadian consumers, it may not come as a surprise that the OECD’s working paper recommends changes to increase competition in Canadian energy, telecommunication, broadcasting and transportation sectors.