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The corporate identification doctrine clarified through an intervention in the Supreme Court of Canada

A corporation is of course an abstract entity. It is a legal person, but can only act through human beings. Certain causes of action, such as fraud or knowing assistance of a breach of trust, have a knowledge requirement: the defendant can only be held liable if he or she – or it, in the case of a corporation – has knowledge of certain facts. How can a corporation be held liable for having certain knowledge if it has no brain to possess that knowledge?

 

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The board of directors’ role in crisis management

Sooner or later, every enterprise will face a crisis. When it hits, the ability to side-step disaster depends on the effectiveness of your company’s response. Preparedness and oversight of crisis management is a key responsibility of the board of directors.

 

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Identifying and managing the risks of corporate directorship

Do you know about the types of risk that corporate directors are increasingly facing? I’ve been talking quite a bit about various types of risk, and Earl Altman recently asked on First Reference Talks, When are directors liable to employees for debts of the corporation? A new guide looks at the main sources of risk that directors face and a number of strategies to reduce the risk.

 

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