April 20, 2017
Earlier today, the Canadian Government announced increased enforcement measures to detect and combat fraud in relation to federal government contracts (i.e., federal procurement).
April 13, 2017
The Competition Bureau (Bureau) recently launched the first in a series of eight blog posts on the Canada Business Network on competition law compliance programs (see: Our Best Recipe for Competition Law Compliance Programs!).
March 28, 2017
In my C.D. Howe Institute Intelligence Memo today, I recommend that the references provision of the Competition Act (section 124.2) be amended to allow private parties to bring Competition Tribunal references on points of law. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full memo.
March 27, 2017
In my new Canadian Lawyer column, I discuss Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) and make several recommendations to amend the law before the upcoming three-year review and private rights of action come into force in July. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full column.
March 22, 2017
The Toronto Star has reported that the City of Toronto is investigating potential bid-rigging activities in relation to City paving contracts. In this regard, the Star reports that the City has called in the police to help it determine whether competing paving contractors have violated the criminal law. It was not clear from the reporting whether the City has also filed a criminal complaint with the Competition Bureau.(though this would be a logical related step).
March 13, 2017
Practical Law Canada Competition has published a new Legal Update, which discusses key areas of competition law compliance for trade and professional associations. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full Update.
March 11, 2017
I frequently receive inquires and calls relating to filing a competition, advertising, consumer protection or other regulatory complaint. Companies, individuals or other types of organizations may want to file a complaint relating to a competitor, manufacturer or supplier, retailer or other market participant based on potentially anti-competitive or misleading/deceptive conduct in the marketplace.
March 10, 2017
On March 9, 2017, the Canadian CRTC announced that it had imposed a $15,000 administrative monetary penalty on an individual who allegedly engaged in electronic marketing to promote the sale of commercial flyers, without complying with CASL’s (Canada’s anti-spam law) consent, identification and in some cases unsubscribe requirements.