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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:10 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

Constitution doesn’t guarantee interprovincial free trade; SCC sheds new light on vertical stare decisis, federalism Rob Cunningham

The Supreme Court has ruled that s. 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 does not guarantee interprovincial free trade in a unanimous judgment that revives a New Brunswick liquor control law whose “incidental effect” is to restrict the transport of domestic alcohol from Quebec into New Brunswick. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

Quebec clarifies rules for sharing commercial information between litigants sharing_information_sm

The Quebec Superior Court took the opportunity to use old measures to encourage new solutions, ordering parties to shield sensitive commercial information transmitted by one litigant to a joint expert. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

Cummings Cooper Schusheim Berliner adds partner

Courtney Petch is the newest partner at Cummings Cooper Schusheim Berliner LLP (CCSB). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

Making claim subrogation work despite bankruptcy Colville_Reeves_bankdruptcy

What’s in a name? Plenty. Particularly if you are an insurer attempting to advance a subrogated claim and your insured is in bankruptcy protection proceedings. This is the circumstance faced by the insurer in Douglas v. Stan Fergusson Fuels Ltd. 2018 ONCA 192. What would have otherwise been a garden variety oil spill subrogated action was complicated by ongoing bankruptcy proceedings involving the insureds. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Judgment Day: Employer penalties for IRPR non-compliance employer_penalty_sm

It has been over two years since the employer compliance regime under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) came into effect. Employers are being audited at a rate of at least 25 per cent, and many are still taken aback by the significant penalties resulting from a finding of non-compliance during an audit. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

The 2018 Quebec budget: Sales tax and the digital economy digital_tax_sm

Finance Minister Carlos J. Leitão announced in the 2018 Quebec Budget of March 27 a number of measures regarding the Quebec Sales Tax (QST) scheme aimed at expanding the QST base to digital business in Quebec. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Hi-Tech: Free online legal resources good news for lawyers | Luigi Benetton

Are you an in-house counsel looking for ways to help control outside legal expenses? There’s good news: certain law firms are making “boilerplate” expertise available online — no obligation, no cost. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:58 AM

Newly introduced amending legislation designed to modernize B.C.’s arbitration regime William Horton

The government of British Columbia is moving to change its legislation on international commercial arbitration in order to attract more business to the province, a move observers say is needed to more closely align the province with accepted international standards. ... [read more]

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

Merger underway between McCullough O’Connor Irwin, Bennett Jones Radha Curpen

Even though it’s not official until June 1, 2018, work is already well underway to merge the operations of McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP (MOI) and the Vancouver office of Bennett Jones LLP. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) - Input tax credits - Commercial activities

Appeal by the taxpayer, ONEnergy Inc., from a determination made by a Tax Court judge under Rule 58 of the Tax Court of Canada Rules that the appellant was not deemed to have incurred litigation costs in the course of a commercial activity pursuant to s. 141.1(3)(a) of the Excise Tax Act and thus not entitled to input tax credits for GST or HST paid in relation to legal costs. ... [read more]