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December 14, 2014

Earlier today I saw with some interest that a Canadian plaintiff lawyers’ firm has commenced competition class proceedings against the LCBO and the Beer Store (and the Beer Store’s parents) for alleged conspiracy conduct under the Competition Act (Competition Act), among other claims. The case relates to claims that the provincially operated LCBO and Beer Store entered into an agreement to allocate the types of beer products sold (allegedly for the LCBO to only sell six-packs with the Beer Store retailing larger cases).

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December 9, 2014

Earlier today, Canada’s Minister of Industry James Moore announced that the Federal Government had tabled a new bill (the Price Transparency Act (Bill C-49)) in Parliament for first reading, which would amend the federal Competition Act (the “Act”) to address so-called “unjustified” Canada/U.S. price discrimination.

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November 25, 2014

Misleading advertising is squarely part of Canadian competition law. Violation of the Competition Act’s civil or criminal misleading advertising provisions can also lead to significant liability for companies or individuals. As a recent reminder of this, the Competition Bureau has announced that water heater supplier National Home Services (National) has agreed to pay a $7 million penalty for alleged false or misleading claims made by its sales agents.

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November 25, 2014

Earlier today, the Competition Bureau launched a new advocacy publication entitled The Competition Advocate. In this welcome new initiative, by the Bureau’s also new Competition Promotion Branch, it joins other antitrust agency advocacy publications including the U.S. FTC’s Competition Matters blog. In its new note, which is part of its overall competition advocacy, the Bureau has begun with competition in the taxi sector (and in particular, encouraging digital dispatch services – without, however, naming Uber, Lyft or other new entrants).

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November 13, 2014

Performance claims remain a popular advertising strategy for many brands. These can include statements about a product’s speed, reliability or other performance. Performance claims in Canada, however, are subject to both the “general misleading advertising” sections of the Competition Act (Act) and a stand-alone performance claims provision (section 74.01(1)(b) of the Act).

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November 11, 2014

Guest post by Shannon Harell
(Information Law Group)

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been very active in its enforcement efforts in the past couple of months. In addition to other actions which we have blogged about, the FTC recently sent dozens of warning letters to advertisers in two separate efforts. In September, the FTC sent letters admonishing companies for their failure to make adequate disclosures in an effort dubbed “Operation Full Disclosure.” Then, in October, the FTC sent letters to companies for their potentially misleading “oxo degradable” claims in violation of the FTC’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (or “Green Guides”).

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November 4, 2014

This is the last of three posts with our associations and competition law PowerPoint from the recent Canadian Society of Association Executives’ (CSAE) Annual Conference in Niagara.  For the first two posts see: here and here. Our PowerPoint presentation includes a short overview of Canadian competition law and associations and discussions of information exchanges, codes of ethics and recent competition law developments relevant to associations: Information Exchanges, Codes of Ethics and Other Competition Law Developments.

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October 31, 2014

This is the second of three posts with our conference materials from the recent Canadian Society of Association Executives’ (CSAE) Annual Conference in Niagara (for the first post see below).  I presented with Mark Katz from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto. This post discusses competition law issues that can arise in the context of association codes of ethics, some recent key cases and best practices to minimize risk in relation to association codes.

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October 30, 2014

I was pleased to have been a speaker at the Canadian Society of Association Executives’ (CSAE) Annual Conference in Niagara. I spoke, with Mark Katz of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, on information exchanges and surveys, codes of ethics and recent competition law developments for associations. The following is the first of three posts with our conference materials – an overview of competition law and surveys, recent Competition Bureau statements on information exchanges and some best practices.

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