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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

Hi-Tech: Evaluating ethical technology use by outside firms | Luigi Benetton

Automakers vet suppliers exhaustively. One faulty part in a vehicle can cost the automaker dearly, and not just in cash. This need to vet applies to any vendor relationships, including those between companies and law firms. Outside legal help functions as an extension of in-house legal departments. In-house lawyers need reassurance that outside lawyers perform to the same ethical standards. ... [read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:02 PM

Lawyers among Canada’s Most Powerful Women

When the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) revealed the list of winners of the 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, the legal profession was well represented. ... [read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

Letter of intent: It’s more than the purchase price letter_agreement_sm

Clients often come to us with a letter of intent they have received that expresses an interest in purchasing their business and ask “Can I sign this as is, after all, it’s only a non-binding letter of intent?” ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:02 PM

Concerns over CSA’s ‘regulatory sandbox’ Conrad Druzeta

In a historic move, Toronto-based TokenFunder Inc. has been granted an offering memorandum prospectus exemption from the Ontario Securities Commission to launch an initial coin offering (ICO). ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Low damage awards for workplace sexual harassment sends wrong message | Stuart Rudner

If significant damages were routinely awarded in egregious cases of harassment and sexual harassment, employers would get the message that the costs of permitting such conduct are too high. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 8:21 AM

See artificial intelligence as complementing your legal practice, not replacing it AI_lawyer_sm

As lawyers, there are a two things we almost universally abhor — uncertainty and change. Given this, I was as surprised as anyone to discover I have an unrelenting, borderline-obsessive interest in all things artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, I’m curious about how AI is likely to change our profession, in terms of the impact of AI technologies on our interactions with clients, as well as society as a whole.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: A primer

As the value of bitcoins continues to soar, there has been increased interest in whether cryptocurrencies may one day replace traditional currencies. However, regulators and the broader public remain skeptical and concerned about whether digital currencies are vulnerable to manipulations and therefore, present a risk to our financial system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 2:24 PM

Kelling joins Miller Thomson as counsel

Miller Thomson announced that Bryan Kelling has joined the firm's Vaughan office as counsel. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

Getting around trademark ‘squatters’ and other clutter as the IP system changes

Canada is introducing significant changes to its trademark system, expected in 2019. Hopefully, trademark squatters will not be the only ones celebrating. Some of these changes will liberalize procedures and, initially, businesses can expect their trademarks to register more quickly. However, these changes also come with significant risks. Businesses should prepare to encounter more trade-mark squatters and conflicting trademark applications that could challenge brand clearance strategies. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

Tax Views: Light shone on offshore trusts should be a red flag to lawyers and accountants | Vern Krishna

The release of 13 million documents in the so-called “Paradise Papers” has put offshore trusts in the limelight once again. Regardless of their legality and utility, the very mention of the word “offshore” conjures up images of secrecy, and improper tax evasion by high net worth individuals, trusts and multinational corporations, with calls for more money by the Canada Revenue Agency to conduct more audits in exotic jurisdictions. ... [read more]