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Pension and Benefits Law Bulletin: SCC Releases its Decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers

In a decision released on February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada set aside the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers. The majority of the SCC upheld the priority of charges created in Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings over claims for wind-up funding deficiencies in an insolvent company’s pension plans.

Team of Lawson Lundell lawyers recognized in Lexpert Magazine's Big Deals for their role in the B2Gold acquisition of CGA Mining Ltd. 31.1.13
Craig Ferris speaks at Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Ltd. panel discussion

Listen to Craig Ferris speaking at a panel discussion on the Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Ltd. decision.

Whoa! developers: Court may no longer be the answer

Michael Morgan's article, "Whoa! developers: Court may no longer be the answer" discusses the Supreme Court of Canada Southcott Estates Inc. v. Toronto Catholic District decision which addresses a number of issues relevant to commercial real estate disputes.

Lawson Lundell Names New Partners

Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Kimberley Robertson and Mark Fancourt-Smith into the partnership.

Benefits of Different Financing Strategies 13.12.12
Mandeep Dhaliwal recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40

Congratulations to Mandeep Dhaliwal on being named by as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40 by the Lexpert Rising Star Awards 2012. Mandeep is a partner in the firm's Banking and Debt Financing Group. His practice deals mainly with banks and private lenders in both secured and unsecured financing transactions.

Hu Says that a Stinchcombe Criminal Disclosure Standard Applies 01.12.12
Strata Property Act - Depreciation Reports

In December of 2009 the Strata Property Amendment Act (Bill 8) was adopted. Section 15 of Bill 8 amended section 94 of the Strata Property Act, establishing the new requirement for depreciation reports. Regulations adopted on December 13, 2011 brought section 94 of the Strata Property Act into effect.

Contract Law Update: Developments of Note

This paper discusses contract law issues including decisions of relevance to commercial lawyers and business leaders and legislative developments that are relevant to lawyers engaged in contract drafting.

Energy Law Bulletin: Administrative Penalty Powers Given to BC Utilities Commission

Recent amendments to the BC Utilities Commission Act give the Commission significant new powers to issue “administrative penalties” and remedial orders. 

Energy Law Bulletin: Alberta’s New Energy Regulator: What Does it Mean for Project Development?

On October 24, 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 2: the Responsible Energy Development Act (“REDA”). If enacted, REDA will establish a single energy regulator and create a new regulatory framework for energy resource projects in Alberta.

Why Startups Need to Start by Protecting their Company

This article looks at what startup companies should consider from the outset to avoid legal issues and to protect their business and their ideas.

BC Ferries Wins Property Assessment Appeal Board Decision

The B.C. Property Assessment Appeal Board released an important decision reducing the assessed value for property tax of the upland land and improvements at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal to a nominal value.

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Employees’ Digital Privacy in the Workplace: Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Cole, 2012 SCC 53 may have a significant impact on how employers manage the use of digital devices in the workplace. While a constitutional and criminal decision at its core, the case nevertheless recognizes the importance of employees’ reasonable expectation of privacy when using work computers and other digital devices.

Energy Law Bulletin: The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan and the Management of Cumulative Effects

The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (“LARP”) came into effect on September 1, 2012 and is the first of seven regional plans to be released under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. The LARP establishes the new cumulative effects approach to be used in the Lower Athabasca region and provides valuable insight as to how Alberta’s oil sands resources will be managed in the decades to come.

“There’s Money in the Details for Vancouver Venture Capital Specialist” 13.10.12
British Columbia's New Pension Benefits Standards Act - Key Changes

British Columbia’s new Pension Benefits Standards Act (the “PBSA” or the “Act”) received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012. While this new Act will eventually repeal and replace the existing PBSA, it will not come into force until the underlying regulations are developed and finalized, likely in 2013 or later. As the new Act is the final product of the November 2008 Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards (“JEPPS”) report and subsequent work by the B.C. and Alberta governments, it is anticipated that Alberta will introduce a substantially identical bill later this year.

Labour & Employment Bulletin

The following articles can be found in this bulletin:

* Welcome Chris Beneteau
* Federal Employee Disabled by Work Related Injury Protected Indefinitely
* Refusal to Return to Work Constitutes Just Cause
* Injunction Not Granted for Breach of Non-Solicitation Clause
* Refusal to Bargain Monetary Issues Constitutes Bargaining in Bad Faith

The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs

Will Roberts has written "The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs" for the October 2012  issue of CBA BarTalk.