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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

Family cottage: How can trusts protect heirs from matrimonial claims? Fancy

“Marriage is the agreement to let a family happen.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Insurance regulator’s priorities for life insurers in Ontario Hand touching checkmark

In its Market Conduct Report, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, the regulator in Ontario for insurance agents and insurers, has identified two key areas of assessment of life and health insurers licensed in Ontario for 2020-2021. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 12:37 PM

More than misuse of information racehorses

A decision of the U.K. Court of Appeal, released in October, clarifies the rights relating to breach of confidence and conspiracy relating to the use of confidential information consisting of time sensitive information (The Racing Partnership Ltd and others v Sports Information Services Ltd. [2020] EWCA Civ 1300). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

How Biden administration will change immigration welcome_immigration_sm

It may have taken half the week to get there, but the dust has settled and the U.S. has elected Joseph Biden to take Donald Trump’s place in January. Biden has his work cut out for him when it comes to immigration reform. Trump issued more than 400 executive actions on immigration over the course of four years in office. We saw nearly 400 miles of border wall constructed between the U.S. and Mexico, a travel freeze due to COVID-19, and a number of new visa restrictions aimed at Trump’s “Hire American” initiative to save U.S. jobs for unemployed Americans. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:43 PM

Bill 41 introduced as Alberta considers new auto insurance regime Car with insurance form

Bill 41, the Insurance (Enhancing Driver Affordability and Care) Amendment Act, 2020, was introduced by the Alberta government on Oct. 29 to bring reforms to the auto insurance industry in the province. The proposed changes are being presented to Albertans as a way to contain costs, stabilize premiums and increase medical benefits. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:19 PM

Yale students produce legal industry environmental report card Reportcard2.jpg

Lawyers often justify taking on clients seen by some as reprehensible based on the principle that everyone deserves representation. However, a new report prepared by seven current and former students at Yale Law School seeks to emphasize that, in the context of the climate crisis, law firms have agency over whether they choose to take on clients who are making things better or worse. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Court upholds application of anti-avoidance rule to limited partner: Decision and considerations Cityscape

On Sept. 14, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision on Gladwin Realty Corp. v. Canada 2020 FCA 142. The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal from the Tax Court of Canada, denying the tax benefit obtained through a complex series of transactions under the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR). ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Decision throws light on mechanics of parallel parenting parallel_parenting_sm

Parallel parenting has been recognized as a useful tool in high conflict cases. Decision making for the child(ren), often the core of the dispute, is parsed between parents. Educational decisions to one parent for example and medical decisions to the other. Religion and extracurricular may be split too. These arrangements can reduce parenting conflict and calm the seas of parental engagements. Courts have been increasing receptive to such accommodations. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

Costco no longer ‘rocking’ high end jeans after court upholds $500,000 in damages award jeansinbigbox.jpg

The legality of the sale of “grey market” goods continues to be a thorn for manufacturers, who have had a lot of trouble policing sales for diverted or substandard goods, as well as counterfeit goods, that are rife in secondary channels of trade. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 8:23 AM

Bringing Canada’s Broadcasting Act into digital age digital_broadcasting_sm

On Nov. 3, 2020, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, tabled Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts in the House of Commons, which he characterized as proposing “major changes” to the Broadcasting Act. ... [read more]