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Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 12:16 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal releases ‘tentative’ model for in-person proceedings

On Oct. 12, the Ontario Court of Appeal shared a “tentative” model for returning to in-person proceedings with some legal organizations. The model gives counsel the choice to attend court virtually and maintains that “observers, including clients, the media, and members of the public, will not attend in-person.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Judge rejects secrecy in class action funding deal featuring lender’s fee of up to $45 million Paul Crampton

The Federal Court’s recent approval of one of the country’s largest third-party litigation funding agreements blesses a capped fee of up to $45 million for the lender, plus reimbursement of several millions more that the funder is expected to shell out for document management services, sophisticated economic analyses and other disbursements in a complex $2.75-billion price-fixing class action in Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 11:19 AM

Captain-less ship: Need for regulatory certainty to autonomously explore ocean Robot submarine

Canada has the world’s longest coastline but, compared to other countries, most notably Norway, our ocean economy — $31.7 billion annually in gross domestic product and almost 300,000 jobs — is relatively underdeveloped. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

New global deal unveiled to compel digital multinationals to pay at least 15-per-cent tax on profits

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian jobs and Canada’s social safety net will be supported by the recent agreement of 136 countries to “end the race to the bottom” in corporate taxation by creating a global minimum level of tax of at least 15 per cent, no matter where profits are earned. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 06, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

Dickinson Wright welcomes new partner, six associates

Dickinson Wright announced that Sanjukta Tole has joined the firm’s Toronto office as a partner. In addition, Alyssandra Antonangeli, Alex Dumais, Pejman (PJ) Esfandiari, Ray Luckiram, Dan Poliwoda and Lydia Yu have joined the Toronto office as associates. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 06, 2021 @ 11:07 AM

SCC decision means courts may reconsider ancillary matters after final judgment No messages allowed symbol

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Canadian Broadcasting Company v. Manitoba 2021 SCC 33 provides helpful judicial insight into the interplay between the doctrine of functus officio and the courts’ inherent jurisdiction to control their own process. Among other things, the judgment articulates the guiding principles for Canadian courts which are asked to reconsider ancillary matters that arise following the final judgment in an underlying proceeding. ... [read more]

Monday, October 04, 2021 @ 1:13 PM

Pros, cons of smart contracts, blockchain, intellectual property transactions Block chain link

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) are one of the most disruptive advances of our time. Smart contracts execute the transactional activities that are performed on the blockchain. They are automated processes that perform specific tasks within the blockchain if certain terms and conditions are met. As alternatives to conventionally completed contracts, they are intended to replace the need for legal representatives where they were usually called on to draft, complete or negotiate a contract or transactions between parties. ... [read more]

Monday, October 04, 2021 @ 8:56 AM

COPYRIGHT - Direct infringement - Indirect infringement - Authorizing or enabling infringement

Appeal by Salna and others from an award of costs in a class proceeding certification motion. Cross-appeal by Voltage and others from dismissal of the certification motion. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

Lessons learned from Liverpool’s loss of World Heritage status Liverpool skyline

Recently, for the third time in its history, UNESCO stripped a town of World Heritage status. The decision followed a secret ballot by the UNESCO committee. This terrific tool for boosting the brand (the community) turned into a nightmare.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Gowling WLG expands presence in China

Gowling WLG announced a significant expansion of its intellectual property (IP) practice and relationships in China. ... [read more]