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Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 8:37 AM

Economic loss and allegedly flawed financial product melting_dollar_sm

Ordinarily, if a person or corporation suffers pure economic harm, the remedy is a claim for breach of contract. This places the wronged party in the same financial position as if the contract had been performed. But if there is no contract between the parties and a plaintiff suffers only economic harm, without injury to their person or property, what is the remedy? ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

U.S. Supreme Court rules not generic; no rule against marks computercard.jpg

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated trademark opinion in United States Patent and Trademark Office v. B.V. No. 19-46 (S. Ct. June 30, 2020). This case was the very first one that was argued before the court via telephone in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

Competition Bureau plan aimed at ‘protecting competition in uncertain times’

The Competition Bureau has published its 2020-2021 annual plan, which outlines the steps it will take in the coming year to protect Canadians as the country deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 2:11 PM

Border services agency cuts service hours at more ports of entry

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on July 3 that it is temporarily reducing service hours at additional land, air, and marine ports of entry (POE) in addition to deferring seasonal opening hours at select POEs. These COVID-19 related measures are temporary and in effect as of July 3. They will remain in effect until further notice. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Ontario courts resume in-person proceedings despite lingering health concerns Paul Cavalluzzo sm

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is reopening courtrooms as scheduled the week of July 6-10 amid growing concern among Crown attorneys and other courthouse workers about the risks of returning to in-person proceedings. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Employer protection from COVID-19: U.S. proposals litigation_shield_covid_sm

In the U.S. Senate, lawmakers are set to debate a bold proposal. The Republicans have publicly affirmed that they will not support a new COVID-19 relief bill unless it includes liability protection for employers from lawsuits connected to the virus. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 12:06 PM

Weinstein settlement fitting symbol for two sides to coin of justice | Heidi J.T. Exner

Thanks to the #MeToo movement, the world has watched as prominent men who had routinely — and  comfortably — abused their positions of power have had their misconduct dragged into the light. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

INSURERS - Duty to defend

Appeal by the insured from a judgment finding exclusion from coverage under a homeowner insurance policy with the respondent. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 3:29 PM

Coverage under builders’ risk policies for COVID-19 issues Home under construction

In this two-part series, we consider coverage for COVID-19-related losses under a builders’ risk policy in the event of construction site shutdown or suspensions, resulting impact costs and delay of completion. In the first instalment of this series, we set out what is typically covered by a builders’ risk policy. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Canada to help employers with pension and deferred leave plans Bill_Morneau_sm

As part of its economic response to the ongoing pandemic, the federal government is aiming to temporarily relax some rules in order to help employers keep their obligations when it comes to workers’ pension plans and deferred salary leave. ... [read more]