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McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally. McCarthy publishes a series of blogs to share information with companies to help them comply and manage their businesses. On the Inside Internal Controls blog we will share some of those blog posts sharing their expertise among others, in the areas of Competition/Anti-trust, Corporate and Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Environmental Law, Technology and Litigation. Read more here

Canadian government’s IP strategy seeks to boost innovation, increase IP literacy, and rein-in patent trolls

The intellectual property (IP) strategy, unveiled by the Government of Canada recently, aims to boost Canadian innovation and presence in the global technological market by enhancing IP awareness and savviness, introducing IP education and advice programs, offering strategic IP tools for growth, and implementing legislative amendments. The government plans to invest $83.5 million over five years to help Canadian businesses understand, protect and access IP.

 

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BC passes legislation to modernize International Commercial Arbitration Act

The legislature passed the International Commercial Arbitration Amendment Act on April 12, 2018 with the goal of updating BC’s International Arbitration Act to reflect current international best practices.

 

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Supreme Court confirms in R. v. Comeau that provinces can restrict interprovincial trade in beer and other goods

On October 6, 2012, New Brunswick resident Gerard Comeau was stopped by the RCMP at the Quebec/New Brunswick border with 354 bottles or cans of beer and two bottles of whiskey. Mr. Comeau stood accused, under section 134(b) of the Liquor Control Act (New Brunswick), of having in his possession an excessive amount of liquor not purchased from the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (the “Corporation”). Mr. Comeau challenged the constitutionality of this statutory provision by invoking section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867.

 

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Canadian Securities Administrators provide update on projects aimed at reducing regulatory burden on issuers in the areas of prospectus filings and continuous disclosure

The Staff Notice 51-353 – Update on CSA Consultation Paper 51-404 Considerations for Reducing Regulatory Burden for Non-Investment Fund Reporting Issuers reports on a consultation paper that the CSA issued last year and summarizes comments received in response to the consultation paper, The Staff Notice identifies six options for initial policy projects to be undertaken by the CSA in the near term.

 

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Online advisors: Stand-alone investment managers or tools for portfolio managers?

Online advisors are digital wealth managers. They use information that an investor provides, usually through an online questionnaire, in order to create an investment recommendation.

 

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Drafting interest rate calculation provisions in corporate finance transactions

If a loan document does not comply with the provision for calculating a “nominal” annual rate of interest in order to comply with section 4 of the Interest Act, then the interest rate is capped at 5% per annum. Commercial practice and appellate jurisprudence had confirmed that such provisions complied with section 4. Section 4 states:

 

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Giving individual investment choice in DC plans is a bad idea

It is no secret that DB plans are too financially risky for individual employers. It is also no secret that, on average, it costs approximately 92% more to provide the same $1 of retirement income under a DC plan than under a DB plan. DB plans are just that much more cost efficient. To provide more satisfactory results, DC plans should take the best features of DB plans.

 

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Update on overtime class actions in Canada

To avoid claims and payments for unpaid overtime, employers should consider methods to control overtime costs such as establishing overtime policies, overtime agreements, or averaging agreements, if permitted by applicable legislation.

 

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Budget Bill 2018: Amendments to Financial Services Statutes

The Budget has provided that, in connection with the current 2019 Bank Act review, certain legislative amendments to implement targeted proposals resulting from the recent review of the federal financial sector framework would be introduced as a priority.

 

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Rejected job applicants obtain disclosure of application records under privacy law

PIPA governs how private organizations handle personal information and creates rules regarding its collection, use, and disclosure. Section 23(1)(a) of PIPA gives individuals the right to access their personal information that is under the control of an organization.

 

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ONCA affirms an offer of employment by the purchaser of business assets to an employee of the seller is valid consideration for a new employment contract

Where the purchaser of all or part of the assets of a business offers employment to a seller’s employee, and the employee accepts, the following common law rule applies: the employee’s employment with the seller is constructively terminated, and a new contract of employment is entered into with the purchaser.

 

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Competition Act update

The Competition Bureau must generally be given advance notice of proposed transactions when the acquired assets in Canada or revenues generated in or from Canada from such assets exceed C$92 million, and when the combined Canadian assets or revenues in, from or into Canada of the parties together with their respective affiliates exceed C$400 million.

 

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The Quebec Court of Appeal comments on the role of class action representative and interactions with class counsel, in the context of abusive proceedings

Should the class representative fail to ensure the adequate conduct of the action, and more particularly in the context of abusive proceedings, the Court may take measures in order to ensure the orderly progress of the case, which could exceptionally go as far as making orders to replace the class representative.

 

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Privacy damages awarded for commercial use of a person’s image in a public setting

Organizations which use images for commercial purposes would be wise to seek the consent of all persons appearing in such images, even where the images are made in a public setting.

 

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Artificial intelligence: The year in review

The regulatory landscape impacting AI continues to evolve both domestically and abroad. As we begin the new year, we pause to reflect on some of 2017’s most notable developments in AI and prepare for new trends to watch out for in 2018.

 

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