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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

No representative plaintiff, no class action representative_group_sm

In the recent decision Azar v. Strada Crush Limited 2020 ONSC 549, Justice Edward Morgan decertified a class action he had previously certified, after infighting between the representative plaintiff and class counsel led to the disqualification of the representative plaintiff and no replacement representative plaintiff could be found. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 12:29 PM

Importance of Vavilov to family law mediation/arbitration process Arbitration form

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently taken the opportunity in the companion cases of Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65 and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66 to revisit the treatment of appeals of administrative decisions as well as judicial review and has rewritten the law governing two matters of administrative law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

Employers’ need to know obligations in face of pandemic Haltcorona_sm.jpg

It’s official: COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. While it is still the view according to public health officials that the risk is still low, it is important for employers to be aware of their legal obligations to their business and their workplaces. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

It doesn’t end just because she moves out Upset woman

When a woman who has been living in an abusive relationship makes the difficult decision to leave her partner, she hopes to leave the abuse behind. Sadly, in most cases, the abuse will follow her out the door and remain a defining factor in her life — and the lives of her children — for months and even years. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

In dogged pursuit of Punky’s Law Punky_sm.jpg

Who knew municipal law making happens at 10 p.m. on a Wednesday? Not me. I had put myself on the speaker’s list at city hall in Vancouver in reponse to a motion I read about concerning dangerous dogs that I believed needed a serious revision before it could help dogs and not inadvertently cause an access to justice for animals problem for dogs and their humans trying to access a second chance and to avail themselves of rehabilitation. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Trademarks: Official marks reined in Stampcheckmark

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed that the registration of an official mark in the face of a claim for infringement is not a valid defence to such a claim. The term “official mark” is used to describe marks adopted and used by a public authority, in Canada as a mark for goods or services. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 8:45 AM

Grace period for U.S. citizens is over: Big Brother is watching george_washington_sm

Canadian banks operating in Canada have been facing a big headache because of a U.S. law called FATCA and that ache may just get much worse. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:47 PM

Clarity for limited partnerships and foreign buyers’ tax? Budget update Wooden house

On Feb. 18, the government of B.C. introduced its 2020 provincial budget. Included in the budget is a new exemption from the additional property transfer tax, commonly known as the “foreign buyers’ tax,” which will be available for qualifying Canadian-controlled limited partnerships. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Social media deep dive: Estate complications socialmedia_conveyor_sm

As with any online account, an individuals’ use of social media and their preferences for handling those accounts on incapacity and death will depend on how they used those social platforms while living. This can get complicated for estate planners for the following reasons: ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Effective IP strategy: Patenting treatment for COVID-19 infections LabResearcher

From plunging stock markets and travel bans to closed schools and self-quarantines, the fast evolving COVID-19 outbreak, now declared a pandemic, is impacting businesses and lives around the world. ... [read more]