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Purdy Crawford 1931 – 2014

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has lost a colleague, loyal friend, mentor and leader with the passing of Purdy Crawford. Regarded as the dean of the legal world, a well-respected and trusted corporate leader, a visionary and thought leader in the Canadian securities industry, and a generous philanthropist, Purdy was the definition of a true renaissance man.  

Aug 12, 2014

Canadians embracing spam law with ‘unprecedented’ number of complaints

Adam Kardash speaks with Law Times about the sheer volume of complaints fielded by the CRTC in relation to Canada’s new anti-spam legislation and the wave of litigation that could follow once the provisions for a private right of action take effect in 2017.

Aug 11, 2014

SCC issues ‘big change’ to contract law – Sattva gives last word to trial judges, arbitrators

Mary Paterson speaks with Law Times about the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Sattva Capital Corp v. Creston Moly Corp., which found that arbitrators and trial judges should have the last word in most cases that turn on the interpretation of contracts. 

Aug 11, 2014

Class actions for exaggerated health claims on the rise: report

Following the release of the “Food Product Liability in Canada” white paper, Sonia Bjorkquist and Craig Lockwood speak with Canadian Lawyer about the surge in U.S. class actions – a trend that is creeping its way into Canada. 

Aug 7, 2014

Increased litigation exposure a growing threat to Canada’s food products industry

The food and beverage industry has long been a target for health and safety-related litigation, with U.S companies bearing the brunt of the legal action to date. As this type of litigation creeps into Canada, it is important that food product manufacturers and distributors north of the border understand the drivers of this trend towards increased exposure and are equipped with the most effective strategies to manage the risk.

August 6, 2014

Turf war: Women soccer players threaten to sue FIFA over artificial turf

Catherine Gleason-Mercier speaks with the National Post and about the recent legal challenge against ‘inferior’ artificial turf at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Osler is the Canadian firm representing the athletes. 

Aug 6, 2014

Osler tops Canadian M&A Legal Advisor Rankings

Osler has topped the first half 2014 M&A rankings by Thomson Reuters for both Canadian announced and completed deals by value, as well as Mergermarket’s rankings by deal value.  

July 2014

Aboriginal court decisions shouldn’t be dealbreakers

Tom Isaac is quoted in the National Post’s commentary on the recent Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows Supreme Court of Canada rulings. 

July 30, 2014

New law extends pension death benefits to common law spouses

Douglas Rienzo discusses the so-called Carrigan amendments to Ontario’s Pension Benefits Act, which extend pre-retirement death benefits to  the common law spouses when the pension plan member had not divorced a former spouse. 

July 25, 2014

Q2 League Tables: Energy fuels a market revival

A pick-up of deals in the energy sector led to a nice upward swing in business for Canada’s biggest law firms writes Drew Hasselback in the July 23, 2014 edition of the Legal Post, National Post.

July 23, 2014