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SEC Charges Highlight Importance of Updating Early Warning Reports

On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against eight directors, officers and major stockholders for failing to make timely updates to their beneficial ownership reports on Schedule 13D regarding steps taken in connection with potential going private transactions. These charges are a reminder to Canadian market participants active in the United States of the importance of updating Schedule 13D reports when investment intentions change. 

27 mars 2015

Significant Changes to Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds, Disclosure Requirements and National Security Review Timelines

On March 25, 2015, the federal government announced significant changes to the thresholds for determining whether net benefit review under the Investment Canada Act is required as well as more onerous disclosure obligations for all foreign investors who acquire control of Canadian businesses, including those foreign investments not subject to review. The federal government has also extended the timeline for reviews under the national security regime. These changes will have a number of important implications for foreign investments in Canada. 

27 mars 2015

OSC Scores Important Victory in Finkelstein Insider Trading and Tipping Decision

In a much anticipated decision released yesterday that carries implications for lawyers and other professional “gatekeepers,” a panel of the Ontario Securities Commission found former Toronto lawyer Mitchell Finkelstein and four investment advisors to have engaged in insider tipping and trading in contravention of the Ontario Securities Act. The ruling in this high-profile case is significant given regulators’ well-publicized failures in recent years to prove insider trading and tipping allegations. 

26 mars 2015

Cour divisée sur la question d’autoriser la tenue d’audiences à l’extérieur de l’Ontario dans le cadre de recours collectifs multiterritoriaux

Dans le cadre d’une récente décision, la Cour d’appel de l’Ontario a limité les circonstances dans lesquelles la Cour supérieure de l’Ontario peut siéger à l’extérieur de l’Ontario afin de faciliter des requêtes simultanées dans le cadre d’un recours collectif multiterritorial. Les juges de la Cour d’appel ont fait valoir en majorité que ces audiences devaient être reliées par vidéo à une salle d’audience située en Ontario afin que le public de l’Ontario puisse suivre les procédures. Compte tenu des décisions contradictoires rendues en Ontario, au Québec et en Colombie-Britannique, il pourrait être nécessaire de solliciter les lignes directrices de la Cour suprême du Canada.

25 mars 2015

B.C. Court Confirms Plaintiffs Must Provide Workable Causation Methodology to Certify Product Liability Class Proceedings

In Charlton v. Abbott Laboratories Ltd., the British Columbia Court of Appeal clarified the evidentiary threshold plaintiffs must satisfy at the certification stage in the context of product liability class actions. In particular, the Court confirmed that plaintiffs alleging that a product causes adverse effects or injury must adduce evidence of a workable methodology to demonstrate that the product in question was capable of causing adverse effects on a class-wide basis. 

12 mars 2015

Appeal Court Overturns Order That Province Pay Damages to Timber Company over Aboriginal Road Blockade

On February 26, 2015, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia overturned a trial judge’s order that the Province of British Columbia pay logging contractor Moulton Contracting Ltd. a sum of $1.75 million in damages for the Province’s failure to warn Moulton of a threatened blockade by members of the Fort Nelson First Nation.

9 mars 2015

Le CRTC impose une sanction de 1,1 million $ aux termes de la Loi canadienne anti-pourriel

Le Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC) a imposé sa première sanction aux termes des règles sur les messages électroniques commerciaux (MEC) prévues dans la LCAP. Dans son communiqué, le CRTC déclare qu'un procès-verbal de violation, assorti d'une sanction de 1,1 million $, a été émis contre Compu-Finder pour l'envoi de MEC sans le consentement du destinataire et sans offrir un mécanisme d'exclusion fonctionnel. L'entreprise dispose maintenant de 30 jours pour transmettre des observations écrites ou payer la sanction.

5 mars 2015

Les ACVM annoncent des modifications au Règlement 45-106

Les ACVM ont récemment annoncé des modifications aux dispositions du Règlement 45-106 relatives aux dispenses de prospectus et d’inscription, qui devraient entrer en vigueur le 5 mai 2015.  Les changements suivants apportés au régime de dispenses de prospectus intéresseront particulièrement les intervenants du secteur des fonds d’investissement et de la gestion d’actifs.

2 mars 2015

Reservations to Landlord Consistent with Leasehold Interest for Purposes of Assessment Act

In Exchange Corporation Canada Inc. v. Mississauga (City), Exchange Corporation Canada Inc. (“Exchange”) operates kiosks in various terminals at Toronto Pearson International Airport (the “Airport”) pursuant to a 2003 agreement (the “Agreement”) with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (the “GTAA”).  Exchange carries on the business of providing currency exchange and travel insurance services. 

Mar 2, 2015

The Taxation of Single-Employer Target Benefit Plans – Where We Are and Where We Ought to Be

In the C.D. Howe Institute's latest report, Osler's Ian McSweeney and Jana Steele, along with co-authors Barry Gros and Karen Hall of Aon Hewitt, propose a tax treatment for single-employer target benefit plans that is consistent with the existing tax regime.

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