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Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 2:47 PM

Proposed changes to tax treatment of stock options could affect support payments Stock certificate

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled his fourth budget this March, which may impact the tax treatment of employee stock options. If your client pays child or spousal support, you may be wondering how these changes will affect their payment obligations. Although the employee’s taxable income will increase significantly, their line 150 income will remain unchanged and support calculations could even decline. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Judges lead cross-border commercial courts co-operation international_law_sm

Important developments in cross-border co-operation among commercial courts have been taking place over at least the past four years, largely under the radar of many lawyers and judges. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 2:37 PM

International considerations concerning trademarks airplanes stylized

Although much has been said about global brands, the fact remains there are relatively few of them. It has been observed that despite the alleged homogenization of the world market, less than four per cent of the numerous brands owned by six of the world’s most powerful consumer goods companies, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kraft, Colgate and Quaker could be classified as global brands. Notwithstanding this observation the fact remains that many brand owners have expanded or are considering expansion of their brands to additional countries. This article will deal with some of the matters that must be considered. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 12:47 PM

Nova Scotia: Aquaculture as part of our culture fish

The potential in Atlantic Canada of economically sustainable aquaculture has been well documented but getting the business to flourish remains a challenge and yet an opportunity for the governments in this region. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

Evolution of bad faith claims in Canada House on fire

The notion of what is deemed to be appropriate conduct in the context of insurance claims has been refined by repeated challenges in Canadian courts. Over the years, insurers have faced bad faith allegations for various types of conduct in handling their respective insured’s claims, which can impact them not only by way of punitive damages but can also tarnish their reputations by the negative publicity surrounding such actions. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 10:51 AM

Power of attorney compensation checklist paid_stamp_sm

If your client is appointed as attorney for property and/or attorney for personal care under a power of attorney document, here is a quick checklist of how to advise them on their compensation. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

Knowledge of fraudulent person can’t be attributed to company Magnifying glass with calculator

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) answered a delicate question in its Christine Dejong Medecine Professional Corp. v. DBDC Spadina Ltd. [2019] S.C.J. No. 30 decision: If a company is used by someone who is committing fraud, can that company be said to have known about that fraud? ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 2:16 PM

Emojis are law, says U.S. justice system Emojiline

In an article reported in CNN Business, legalites in New York began to discuss the increasing presence of emojis in court cases. Specifically, emojis such as hearts from managers and C-suite executives, and threatening emojis depicting violent tools, like knives, could potentially constitute evidence of sexual harassment or violence. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 2:10 PM

Disability benefits can continue after employment Woman in wheelchair

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a plaintiff can still be entitled to long term disability (LTD) benefits even though the plaintiff was no longer employed at the time the application was submitted. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

U.S. doubling down on border filings scrutiny immigration_documents_sm

Prove it. That is what U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers say when a petition is filed at a port of entry to the U.S., and one of its law enforcement officers has to make a decision on whether an applicant or beneficiary qualifies for the U.S. status he seeks. This scrutiny only seems to be increasing year over year. ... [read more]