February 23, 2017
Earlier today, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) governing body (Convocation) announced new requirements to lawyer advertising in Ontario. Convocation’s decision was the culmination of several years of work and review, which included a special Advertising and Fee Arrangements Working Group (Working Group), two Professional Regulation Committee reports (see here and here) and consultations with practitioners and the public (see Advertising and Fee Arrangements for an overview of the LSUC’s lawyer advertising review process).
February 22, 2017
The Competition Bureau (Bureau) continues to enforce the sale related sections of the Competition Act. Earlier today, it announced that it will commence an application with the federal Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) in relation to the alleged deceptive marketing of sleep sets (mattresses and foundations sold together) by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC).
February 15, 2017
Practical Law Canada Competition has published a new Legal Update, which discusses the Competition Bureau’s FinTech and competition work over the past year. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full Update.
This Legal Update provides an update on the Competition Bureau’s (Bureau) ongoing FinTech market study. It includes background for the Bureau’s FinTech related advocacy, recent activities and details for its FinTech workshop on February 21, 2017. This Update also includes some potential implications of the Bureau’s review of the financial technology sector.
Environmental Claims: Competition Bureau Cautions Businesses to Back Up Claims, Issues New Guidelines
January 24, 2017
Yesterday, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a Business Alert warning businesses to ensure that their eco-related claims, such as using the terms “organic”, “green” and “eco-friendly”, comply with the federal Competition Act, particularly the false or misleading advertising and performance claim provisions. See: It’s not easy being green. Businesses must back up their words.
January 24, 2017
In my new Canadian Lawyer column today, I discuss the whistleblower provisions of the Competition Act and ask whether rewarding whistleblowers would help keep procurement markets competitive in light of increased infrastructure spending. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full column.
January 23, 2017
Are you running a Canadian contest or sweepstakes and need forms for terms and conditions, disclosure and winner releases? I can help and offer a variety of contest forms and contest packages for running popular types of contests in Canada, excluding Quebec.
January 22, 2017
My friends at Concurrences Review, in partnership with King’s College London, will hold the first edition of their annual joint conference “Innovation Economics for Antitrust Lawyers on Friday 3 February, from 08.30am to 6.00pm, at King’s College, Strand, WC2R 2LS London.
January 21, 2017
The Competition Bureau has announced that it will be hosting a FinTech and competition workshop in Ottawa on February 21, 2017. According to the Bureau, the upcoming workshop will examine the intersection of competition, innovation and regulation in Canada’s financial services sector. For the Bureau’s announcement and agenda see Driving competition and innovation in the financial services sector and FinTech Workshop Agenda.
January 20, 2017
On July 1, 2014, Canada’s new federal anti-spam legislation (CASL) largely came into force. Since it was introduced, both the CRTC (the primary enforcement body) and the Competition Bureau have been enforcing the legislation, with penalties to date ranging from $48,000 to $1.1 million.
Beginning on July 1, 2017, however, the risks of violating CASL, as well as related sections of PIPEDA (the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) and the Competition Act, will be significantly greater. This is because private individuals and organizations affected by a violation of CASL will have a right to commence private actions when sections 47 to 51 and 55 come into force.
January 9, 2017
Practical Law Canada Competition has published a new Legal Update, which discusses key issues that can arise in Canadian contests (with practice tips for counsel to advise their clients). Below is an excerpt with a link to the full Update.