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Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 9:17 AM

Daimler’s innovative blockchain bond issue good and bad news for lawyers | Julius Melnitzer

Kiss the trusted adviser goodbye: that, it appears, is the message for the profession from Daimler AG’s recent US$115 million bond issue, all of which was done digitally using blockchain technology. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

TRADE REGULATION - Food and drugs - Drugs

Appeal by the Council of Independent Community Pharmacy Owners from an order of an applications judge refusing to order the Minister of Health to more stringently enforce s. 4(e) of the Interchangeable Drug Products Formulary Regulations (Regulations) imposing on suppliers of generic pharmaceuticals an obligation to supply the whole province. Since 2012, the formulary included private label drugs supplied by companies that did not manufacture them. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 7:24 AM

Total fees paid to lawyers working for Quebec public bodies not always privileged information: Appeal Court Pierre Trudel

The total amount of professional billings paid to lawyers working on behalf of public bodies is not necessarily automatically protected by solicitor-client privilege, the Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

Quebec firms Langlois, Fraticelli Provost to combine

Langlois lawyers, LLP announced that an agreement has been reached with law firm Fraticelli Provost to unify their respective practices. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

Putting the 'car' in 'cartel': Class action alleges conspiracy by German automakers Volkswagen_sm

Class actions have been filed in Ontario against German carmakers alleging that they co-ordinated the design and pricing of components in their cars. Kirk Baert, a partner at Koskie Minsky, who along with Ken Rosenberg of Paliare Roland acts for the plaintiff, said: “Collusion of such a scale among such large companies is a serious issue. Consumers should not pay more, or receive an inferior product, so that such companies can maximize profits.” Despite these strong words, the plaintiffs may have an uphill battle establishing that the German carmakers breached Canada’s Competition Act. ... [read more]

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 1:08 PM

African Canadian Legal Clinic seeks probe of Legal Aid Ontario's defunding decision Margaret Parsons sm

The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) has responded to Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) decision to defund the clinic by reaching out to Ontario’s premier and attorney general to conduct an independent investigation of what the clinic deems a “biased, unjust and racist” decision. ... [read more]

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

Gray joins Gowling WLG's Calgary office

Gowling WLG announces that Alison Gray, a widely respected commercial litigator, has joined the firm as a partner. Gray will be based in the firm’s Calgary office. ... [read more]

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 8:55 AM

Tune up or tear up: Three things to watch for in NAFTA renegotiations

Canada, the United States, and Mexico concluded the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations on Aug. 20. Prior to the next round of talks set to kick off on Sept. 1, there are a few issues to focus on as these may be key indicators of where the renegotiations are ultimately headed. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:57 PM

McGrath moves M&A, private equity practice to McCarthy Tétrault

Shevaun McGrath has joined the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault as an equity partner and co-head of the firm’s national private equity group. She will be assisting clients with their M&A and private equity opportunities, both domestically and cross-border. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 8:27 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Parties - Class or representative actions

Appeal by the defendant law firm, Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP (Cassels), from the finding of liability in a class action against it and General Motors of Canada Limited (GMCL) for breach of contractual and fiduciary duties. ... [read more]