Say on Pay Votes Come Back in a Big Way: Three Failed Votes in One Week
Within a week, three failed say on pay votes have put compensation practices back in the spotlight and demonstrably shown that investors still use say on pay advisory votes to voice dissatisfaction with company compensation practices.
B.C. Court of Appeal Allows Environmental Claim Based on Unproven Aboriginal Title to Proceed
On April 15, 2015, the B.C. Court of Appeal concluded that a lower court erred in dismissing a First Nation’s environmental action as disclosing no reasonable cause of action on the basis that Aboriginal rights or Aboriginal title had to be proven or acknowledged by the Crown before the First Nation could bring such a claim.
File early and watch closely as Canada’s IP rules change
Ottawa managing partner Donna White chats with Canadian Lawyer InHouse about important changes to Canada's intellectual property laws that will force companies to keep an eagle eye on their trade-mark applications.
Changes to Your Guarantee Practices in Alberta
Franchisors franchising in Alberta should already be aware of the critical importance of complying with the province’s Guarantees Acknowledgment Act (failing which, a guarantee will have no effect). However, the rules are changing. This Osler Update helps you prepare for the changes affecting guarantee practices in Alberta.
Federal Budget Proposes Statutory Privilege for Canadian Intellectual Property Agents
As part of the federal budget tabled on April 21, 2015, the Canadian government announced plans to modernize Canada’s intellectual property framework by creating a statutory privilege for confidential communications between intellectual property agents and their clients.
SCC Confirms Leave Test for Securities Class Actions Has Teeth
On April 17, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada provided Canadian public companies with an important win, holding that the test for leave to start a class action for breach of a company’s secondary market disclosure requires the court to evaluate the evidence and conclude that there is a reasonable and realistic chance that the action will succeed.
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