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Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

Residential contractors, owners both have rights and obligations when renovating house_repairs_sm

In 2005, the Consumer Protection Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 30, Sched. A (the Act) was amended and replaced previous consumer protection legislation in Ontario. The Act mandates specific requirements with respect to the contents of consumer agreements, sets out prohibited practices by suppliers and provides robust remedies for consumers. Residential owners and contractors alike need to be mindful of their rights and obligations when entering into agreements for renovations and/or repairs. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Franchise disclosure and the right to future exemptions franchise_disclosure_sm

Canadian provincial franchise statutes oblige franchisors to provide prospective franchisees with a franchise disclosure document (FDD) and create several exemptions from this obligation. This article addresses the question of whether a franchisor may deliver an FDD during the franchise grant process, while reserving a future right to rely on one or more of the statutory disclosure exemptions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

Live-streaming Uber dash cam part of much bigger problem dash_camera_sm

Many people are aware of the term “sharing economy” and often think of Uber as the poster child of such a platform. However, many (if not all) passengers of Uber and other ride-sharing services would likely be horrified to learn that their ride, and their conversations inside the vehicle, were being filmed and broadcast online for the whole world to watch. ... [read more]

Friday, August 03, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Langlois adds partner to Montreal litigation group

Guillaume Michaud has joined Langlois lawyers’ litigation group as a partner in its Montreal office. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

Dentons adds 10 lawyers from Toronto boutique firm McLean & Kerr

Dentons has welcomed a team of 10 new colleagues from McLean & Kerr LLP, a boutique law firm widely respected in the Toronto market for its commercial real estate and litigation practices. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

B.C. judge rules confidentiality breach can result in just cause dismissal Sshhhhh_sm.jpg

A recent decision out of British Columbia illustrates that just cause dismissal, despite its high threshold, may be appropriate when dealing with repeated breaches of sensitive or confidential information. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

Decisions shake up the status quo of condo developer disclosure condo_disclosure_sm

Disclosure by developers to purchasers as part of the sale process was instituted in Ontario when condominium projects were simple. Disclosure was straightforward and not onerous. Things have changed. Condominium projects have become part of very complex legal arrangements with many moving parts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 9:41 AM

Swick joins Cassels Brock as partner in business law group

Brenda Swick has joined Cassels Brock as a key partner in the firm’s business law group, with particular expertise in international trade and investment law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

It’s getting easier to be green: Hydrogen technology developments and legal issues Hydrogencar

While the transportation industry has been abuzz recently over new electric vehicle technology, talk and focus may eventually turn to cars that emit nothing but water vapour, thanks to recent developments in hydrogen fuel cells and other hydrogen energy applications. Initiatives in Canada and abroad are providing industry, and lawyers, with exciting opportunities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

International coalition investigating cryptocurrency tax evasion, money laundering bitcoin_investigation_sm

The Wild West days of cryptocurrency and tax evasion are on the wane. Bitcoin, ethereum, dash and other digital currencies are now firmly in the crosshairs of worldwide tax authorities: the burning issue, of course, is the loss of tax revenue occurring from unreported cryptocurrency transactions. ... [read more]