December 28, 2012

I am pleased to be a panelist for an upcoming Canadian/U.S. advertising law webinar hosted by Strafford on January 8, 2013: Key Canadian Advertising and Competition Law Compliance Strategies.


The Canadian Competition Act contains civil and criminal prohibitions on misleading representations and regulates specific types of advertising and marketing practices.  Violations can lead to “administrative monetary penalties” of up to $10 million and court orders to cease conduct and compensate consumers (restitution).

The Competition Bureau has ramped up enforcement efforts.  Recent Bureau and private litigation challenges include price and performance claims, use of disclaimers and the application and scope of the “general impression test”. Developments include increased sectoral regulation and federal anti-spam legislation.

To effectively minimize legal risk, marketers and advertisers in Canada need to know the basic rules that apply to price and performance claims, sales and other promotions (including contests), disclaimers, electronic marketing and the enforcement agencies’ evolving approach to new technologies.

Listen as our panel of Canadian and U.S. attorneys provide a guide to important competition compliance rules for counsel to companies and associations conducting advertising and marketing operations in Canada.  Panelists will review current litigation and Competition Bureau enforcement developments and provide practical compliance guidelines to avoid triggering allegations of misleading representations.

The panel will review these and other key questions: what types of representations are currently under heavy scrutiny by the Competition Bureau?; how should marketers prepare for the federal anti-spam legislation expected in 2013?; what kinds of safeguards are needed to ensure that price, performance or comparative claims or the use of disclaimers do not violate the Competition Act?


1.  The Competition Act and advertising/marketing law in Canada.

2.  Key elements of misleading representations and Bureau enforcement.

3.  Competition Bureau enforcement activity and overview of recent cases.

4.  Key differences and similarities between U.S. and Canadian enforcement.

5.  Comparative, price and performance claims.

6.  Online advertising and social media, contests and anti-spam legislation.

7.  Best practices and practical considerations.

Registration Information

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    I am a competition and advertising lawyer based in Toronto who blogs on competition and advertising law and interesting legal and policy developments relating to business, white-collar crime, corruption and Internet and new media law.

    I offer business, association, government and individual clients efficient and strategic advice in relation to competition/antitrust, advertising, regulatory and new media law. I also offer compliance, education and policy services.

    My more than 15 years experience includes advising clients on hundreds of domestic and cross-border competition, advertising and marketing, promotional contest/sweepstakes, conspiracy/cartel, abuse of dominance, compliance, refusal to deal and pricing and distribution matters.

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