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Business trademarks may be displayed in Quebec in a language other than French

On April 9, 2014, the Quebec Superior Court ruled that businesses in Quebec may continue to display their trademarks on public signs outside their premises in a language other than French if no French version of the trademark has been registered.

 

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Canada loses points in annual corruption ranking

Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index shows significant improvement among some poor performers and some movement at the top, as well. In particular, Canada’s score fell three points in 2013, to 81 (out of 100). The Corruption Perceptions Index measures how various stakeholders perceive corruption in the public sectors of the subject countries, based on reviews of government accountability, access to information, conflicts of interest and abuse of office, and integrity rules and anti-corruption laws.

 

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Five-year commercial restrictive covenant upheld

Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements are fairly common in employment contracts, but courts also commonly find them to be unenforceable due to unreasonable or unclear restrictions. When parties negotiate a restrictive covenant in the context of a transfer of a business, however, the rules are different, even where the seller of the business agrees to work for the buyer. The Supreme Court of Canada recently dealt with a case like this.

 

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And now an update on HST transitions!

If you’ve been following the story of Quebec’s efforts to harmonize its sales tax (the QST) with the federal Goods and Services Tax, you probably know that it took a bit longer than expected, besides the 19 previous years of semi-harmonization during which nothing really happened. The federal government and the province originally set a deadline of September 15 to reach a deal, but they subsequently extended the period, and as of Friday, the deed is done—kind of.

 

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What’s that you say? Bar association releases plain language guide

When a guide to using legal jargon in everyday life offers as its first tip, “Familiarize yourself with Latin”, I’m pretty sure there’s a problem.

 

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Draft of new national securities act introduced

Earlier this year, we reported that Alberta and Quebec were preparing constitutional “references” to be heard by their respective provincial Courts of Appeal to defend their rights to maintain their own provincial securities regulators. At the same time, the federal government announced its intention to take its case for a national regulator to the Supreme Court…

 

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