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Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Multijurisdictional and separate situs estate planning: Wills global_houses_sm

Our clients are increasingly mobile and often have connections to multiple jurisdictions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Quebec Appeal Court assigns damages for failure to inform Missingpuzzlepiece

In Monarque du Richelieu Inc. v. Boisé Richelieu Inc. 2018 QCCA 2168, the Quebec Appeal Court reversed a trial decision and ordered corporate vendors and their executive to pay damages to the purchaser for failure to volunteer information affecting lands adjacent to those purchased which would have affected the buyer’s negotiations and consent to contract. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

Are your website’s terms of use enforceable? terms_conditions_sm

The number of sophisticated businesses that have unenforceable website terms of use is surprising. In this article, I focus on website terms of use that are expressed as browse-wrap agreements as opposed to as click-wrap agreements. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Descriptive trademarks: How to navigate roadblocks 2menroad blocks

It is a common occurrence for brand owners, whether sophisticated or entry level, to want to use descriptive trademarks. Because of this, lawyers should be aware of the limitations contained in the Trademarks Act concerning such marks. The starting point is to determine whether the mark is clearly descriptive. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 10:51 AM

Co-ops, co-ownerships and condos: Crucial differences condo_disclosure_sm

Property managers, laypeople and sometimes even lawyers will confuse co-ops, co-ownerships and condominiums despite the fact that they are very different from each other, particularly once the details are examined. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Deadline nears for input into Ontario auto insurance review ambulancecarcrash

On Jan. 9, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Finance in a news release titled “Reforming Auto Insurance for the People” announced it was reviewing auto insurance so as to “make auto insurance more affordable.” Consumers and insurers were invited to share their views here, something I encourage everyone to do. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 2:22 PM

U.S. firm agrees to stop selling Screechers Wild! toys due to patent dispute Transformers

Spin Master Ltd., which is based in Toronto, and according to its statement of claim, is the largest Canadian toymaker and one of the top five toy companies globally, acquired the Canadian patent for transformable toys from Sega Toys Co. Ltd., whose patent was originally co-owned by Sega Toys Co. and Sega Corporation of Japan, and whose patent expires on May 23, 2026. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Issuing dividends must be a careful corporate decision under CBCA, OBCA corporate_dividends_sm

“Up your … dividends!” was a cheeky toast heard frequently in private clubs in the 1960s. And any financial adviser will tell you that dividend-paying stocks are a great investment. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 9:55 AM

CPTPP facilitates immigration of investors and professionals immigration_approved_sm

On Dec. 30, 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) came into force. Article 12 of the agreement governs the temporary entry for business persons and Canada has agreed to facilitate the temporary entry of business persons under four main categories. ... [read more]

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Digital Hearing Workspace pilot project: One step closer to court modernization Documentswap

On Feb. 11, 2019, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will launch its pilot project, the Digital Hearing Workspace (DHW). The program will apply to all Commercial List proceedings and will be used to deliver, store, organize and retrieve all documents electronically. ... [read more]