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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 CTVNews.ca 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

Why employers need an option beyond the defined contribution pension plan

Jana Steele, Partner, and two other authors, contribute to commentary on the pension landscape in Canada. With pension coverage and adequacy facing Canadians, the current pension models don’t fully fit the bill. Target-benefit plans (TBPs) are gaining recognition.

July 22, 2014

Land rulings a clear message to Ottawa, provinces: It’s time to govern

Tom Isaac, Partner and leader of the firm’s Aboriginal Law Group, discusses two significant decisions regarding Aboriginal title and treaty rights in this July 21, 2014 edition of The Globe and Mail. While both decisions appear quite different in terms of provinces, facts and outcomes, they are actually consistent.

July 21, 2014

Lawyers reminded about dominant purpose test for litigation privilege

In the article “Lawyers reminded about dominant purpose test for litigation privilege,” found in  the July 21, 2014 edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Malcolm Aboud, Litigation Associate, provides commentary stating that privilege claims for investigative reports often fail because the courts will find there was an alternative purpose to the probe. 

July 21, 2014