News & Publications Results
|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.
|Pension & Benefits Law Bulletin: Requirements for Federally Regulated Employers to Insure LTD Plans Come into Force on July 1, 2014
The Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act was passed by the federal government in 2012, which includes changes that will affect long-term disability (“LTD”) plans provided by federally-regulated employers. This will impact employers in the banking, marine, transportation, telecommunication and other federally regulated industries.
|What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program
Deborah Cushing's article, "What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program", discusses recent changes to the rules of the temporary foreign worker program for employers in Canada.
|Contract Law Update: Developments of Note
This paper discusses contract law issues including decisions of relevance to commercial lawyers and business leaders giving a snapshot of particular principles of interest that arose in case law over the past 12 months.
|Strengthening Canada’s Fight Against Foreign Bribery: A Warning to Canadian Companies
Over the last 15 years, governments around the world have indicated their willingness to implement laws prohibiting the bribery of foreign public officials in connection with attempting to secure a business advantage. While Canada has had anti-corruption legislation in place since 1998 in the form of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (Canada) (the “CFPOA”), it has been limited in scope and minimally enforced by Canadian authorities.
|Envision: Implications for Canadian Corporations Contemplating a Merger
On September 26, 2013 the Supreme Court released its decision in the Envision case. The case deals with the amalgamation of two credit unions, but has broader implications for the tax treatment of amalgamations in Canada, and will be of interest to Canadian corporations contemplating a merger in the future.
|Cooperation Agreements and Benefits Agreements with First Nations
This paper discusses strategic and practical issues which will arise in the process of negotiating and concluding cooperation agreements and benefits agreements with First Nations.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Restrictive Covenants involving sale of a business: Payette v. Guay Inc., 2013 SCC 45
The Supreme Court of Canada recently reiterated that restrictive covenants that arise in the context of the sale of a business will be treated differently and more generously than those that arise in the context of a contract of employment. While the case arose under the Civil law of Quebec, it clearly has implications for the common law regimes in the rest of Canada.
|Valerie Mann Awarded 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award
Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce that Valerie Mann, Managing Partner of the firm, has been named a winner of the 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award: Women Leaders in the Legal Community.
|In Business with Others? The Benefits of Putting in place a Shareholder Agreement
Starting a business venture with others is an exciting prospect. However, because owners tend to put their focus (understandably) on getting the company off the ground, they often overlook the important step of putting in place a business agreement between the founding partners.
|Have Your Say: Ontario Securities Commission Consults on Introducing a “Comply or Explain” Model to Promote Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards
Gender diversity on corporate boards is a hot issue in Canada. A recent report by TD Economics showed the extent of the disparity between Canada and other developed economies. Women represent only 11% of board members for companies in the S&P/TSX Composite Index, with 43% of boards being all-male and 28% having just one female board member. The report concluded that, in light of gender diversity initiatives in the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand, Canada is sliding down the international rankings.
|Energy Law Bulletin: Alberta’s New Energy Regulatory Regime Takes Shape
On May 29, 2013, Alberta issued three regulations and two rules under the Responsible Energy Development Act (“REDA”). The new regulations and rules became operational on June 17, 2013, the same day that REDA came into force. With REDA, the regulations and the rules now in place, the new regulatory regime for energy development in Alberta has started to take shape.
|Lawson Lundell Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
Best Lawyers® in Canada 2014 recognizes 39 Lawson Lundell lawyers in 23 practice areas with two lawyers being named Lawyer of the Year. The firm is top-listed in Canada in Aboriginal Law and in British Columbia for Banking and Finance, Employee Benefits Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Public Procurement Law and Private Funds Law. Lawson Lundell is also top-listed in Alberta for Employee Benefits Law and Aboriginal Law and in the Northwest Territories for Personal Injury Litigation and Family Law.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Effective July 31, 2013 the Federal Government announced new rules relating to the temporary foreign worker program. It has advised that the changes are being made to ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs.
|The Top 10 Differences Between Litigating in the U.S. and Canada
This article discusses the differences between litigating in the U.S.A. and Canada including the court systems, judges, limited dispositions, civil juries, foreign jurisprudence, costs and cultural differences.
|Lisa Peters Awarded a President's Citation by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch
A President’s Citation has been awarded to partner Lisa Peters, head of Lawson Lundell's Research and Opinions department, by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) in recognition of her extensive work in legislation and law reform on behalf of the CBABC.
|Calgary Flood – Updated Office Information
Our Calgary office in Bow Valley Square 2 will be fully operational on Thursday, June 27, 2013.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Labour Arbitration Board Decision Rejecting Random Alcohol Testing
The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in a case concerning random alcohol testing at a paper mill operation. The Court upheld the decision of the labour arbitration board that mandatory random alcohol testing by breathalyzer was not permitted even though it was limited to employees in safety-sensitive positions.
|Canada, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2013
This article discusses corporations in Canada, with a focus on public companies and with the intention that private corporations will find it useful in structuring and measuring their own governance frameworks.
|A Framework Emerges - Recent developments in the Law of Intentional Economic Torts
Economic torts provide relief in relation to intentional interference with economic interests. This collection of torts can be divided into two categories: deceptive market practices and improper market practices. This paper concerns itself exclusively with the latter, examining the torts of inducing breach of contract, unlawful interference with economic interests and civil conspiracy.