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Union's Right to Employees' Home Contact Information from Employer Trumps Privacy Concerns

Ritu Mahil and Euan Sinclair'sco-authored article, "Union's Right to Employees' Home Contact Information from Employer Trumps Privacy Concerns", examines whether an employer is required to provide employees’ home contact details to assist the union with its communications, in light of both the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bernard v. Attorney General (Canada) in the federal context, and the prevailing authority in British Columbia.

Lawson Lundell named British Columbia Firm of the Year in Litigation by Benchmark Canada

Lawson Lundell is pleased to announce that it took home two awards and was a finalist in three other categories at Benchmark Canada’s second annual awards ceremony, held last night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. Benchmark Canada is the only legal ranking publication to focus exclusively on litigation in Canada. The awards honour Canada’s leading litigators, law firms and in-house legal counsel.

This year Lawson Lundell received the following awards:

•           Firm of the Year (Litigation) – British Columbia

•           Aboriginal Law Litigator of the Year – Keith Bergner 

Congratulations to the Litigation Group and Keith Bergner on these well-deserved recognitions.

Stop Shooting Cannonballs at my Customers’ Canoe! Welcome Clarification on the “Unlawful Means” Tort from the Supreme Court Of Canada

Lisa Peters' article "Stop Shooting Cannonballs at my Customers’ Canoe!" discusses the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decision in A.I. Enterprises Ltd. v. Bram Enterprises Ltd., 2014 SCC 12. This is an important commercial decision as it clarifies and narrows the scope of the tort of unlawful interference in economic relations. Canadian businesses will also welcome the Court's reference to commercial certainty as one of the principal reasons to clarify and limit the scope of this tort.

Corporate Finance and Securities Partner Joins Lawson Lundell

Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to welcome Stuart Breen, a leading corporate finance and securities and mining lawyer, as a partner based in the Vancouver office.Stuart brings extensive experience advising domestic and international companies in corporate, commercial and securities matters. His experience spans a wide variety of transactions including equity and debt financings, business combinations, acquisitions and stock exchange listings, and advising clients on corporate and securities regulatory compliance issues and corporate governance matters. 


New Wills, Estates and Succession Act Coming to BC – Application to Pension Plans

Lisa Chamzuk's article, "New Wills, Estates and Succession Act Coming to BC – Application to Pension Plans", discusses the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”)coming into force in British Columbia. The primary purpose of WESA is to simplify and coordinate the current patchwork of legislation that applies to wills and estates.

British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Manual 28.1.14
Spam, Spammity Spam, wonderful Spam?

Lisa Chamzuk and Ben Heller's co-authored article, "Spam, Spammity Spam, wonderful Spam?", discusses Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation that will be coming into force in three stages over the next four years.

Constructive Dismissal: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Ritu Mahil'sarticle, "Constructive dismissal: should I stay or should I go?", discusses employee constructive dismissal claims becoming commonplace and the questions an employee might ask themselves when faced with a difficult working environment.

The Importance of Responding to Privacy Complaints

A recent decision from the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (the “Alberta Privacy Commissioner”) highlights the importance of responding to all privacy complaints and cooperating, to the extent possible, with the Information and Privacy Commissioner during investigations.

Case Comment: BCUC Decisions regarding Natural Gas Vehicles

FortisBC is the dominant natural gas service provider in British Columbia, serving nearly a million customers in over 125 communities in the province. It is a public utility regulated by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), under the Utilities Commission Act (UCA).

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Viewing Employee’s Personal Email Violates Privacy Legislation

On December 18, 2013, the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ordered an employer to provide training to its staff on appropriate management of personal information in response to the employer viewing a former employee’s personal email account in breach of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“Alberta PIPA”).

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Pension benefits will not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal

On December 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman, 2013 SCC 70. The decision clarifies that pension benefits paid to an employee during a reasonable notice period should not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal.

Say Anything: The Absolute Protection Given by Absolute Privilege

Marko Vesely’s co-authored article from Canadian Corporate Counsel, Volume 23, Number 3, December 2013,  "Say anything: The absolute protection given by absolute privilege, discusses absolute privilege, communications incidental to judicial proceedings, complaints and communications with administrative tribunals, and municipal proceedings.

This article was originally published in Canadian Corporate Counsel, a Canada Law Book/Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd. publication.

Eight Lawson Lundell lawyers recognized in Lexpert’s “Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers” publication 21.11.13
Death of the Spacing Unit 20.11.13
A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance: Insights from Canada's Leading Legal Practitioners

Three Lawson Lundell Partners, Rita Andreone, QC, John Smith, and Michael Lee participated as leading legal practitioners in the recent study "A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance: Insights from Canada's Leading Legal Practitioners." 

Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta Privacy Legislation Invalid

The Supreme Court of Canada today issued its much anticipated decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62, a decision which addresses the balancing of privacy rights with the rights of freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Kinji Bourchier recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40

Congratulations to Kinji Bourchier on being named as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 by the Lexpert Rising Star Awards 2013. Kinji’s primary practice areas include complex commercial and civil litigation with a focus on contractual disputes, environmental remediation claims, shareholder and transactional disputes, and business torts.

Canada Joins the Global Push towards Mandating Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, the Canadian government announced its intention to introduce new legislation requiring the disclosure of payments made by Canadian extractive resource companies to domestic and foreign governments.

Class Action Law Bulletin: Green Light for Class Actions by Consumers

In a highly-anticipated and extremely significant pair of decisions for businesses and consumers alike, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) ruled on Thursday (October 31, 2013) that the ultimate consumers at the end of a supply chain can effectively leap-frog the supply chain by having direct legal recourse in a class action against a manufacturer who illegally overcharged for the product supplied.