Reforming CASL – Time to Lighten Up

In my new Canadian Lawyer column, I discuss Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) and make several recommendations to amend the law before the upcoming three-year review and private rights of action come into force in July. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full … read more »

CRTC Penalizes Small Business Owner For Attempting to Promote Business – Time to Reform CASL to Allow Companies to Compete?

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian CRTC announced that it had imposed a $15,000 administrative monetary penalty on an individual who allegedly engaged in electronic marketing to promote the sale of commercial flyers, without complying with CASL’s (Canada’s anti-spam law) consent, identification and in some … read more »

Fake Online Endorsements Remain Competition Bureau Priority, Topic of Upcoming Twitter Chat March 9th

Misleading advertising remains a top Competition Bureau (Bureau) enforcement priority. One of the more specific focuses for the Bureau is (and has been over the past several years) fake online endorsements, which is often referred to as “astroturfing”. In this regard, the Bureau announced earlier … read more »

E-Commerce: Ontario Government to Review Ticket Hunting Bots, May Impose New Rules

In an interesting development, the Ontario Government announced earlier today that it was reviewing the rules for the purchase and sale of online tickets in an effort to give consumers a fairer chance at buying sporting, theatre and other event tickets online and to potentially … read more »

Ontario Law Society Announces New Rules for Lawyer Advertising, Plan to Cap Referral Fees

Earlier today, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) governing body (Convocation) announced new requirements to lawyer advertising in Ontario. Convocation’s decision was the culmination of several years of work and review, which included a special Advertising and Fee Arrangements Working Group (Working Group), two … read more »

Competition Bureau Enforces “Sale” Sections of Competition Act, Brings Case Against Hudson’s Bay

The Competition Bureau (Bureau) continues to enforce the sale related sections of the Competition Act. Earlier today, it announced that it will commence an application with the federal Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) in relation to the alleged deceptive marketing of sleep sets (mattresses and foundations sold … read more »

Need Canadian Contest Rules and Forms For a Promotion?

Are you running a Canadian contest or sweepstakes and need forms for terms and conditions, disclosure and winner releases? I can help and offer a variety of contest forms and contest packages for running popular types of contests in Canada, excluding Quebec. These include rules … read more »

Competition Bureau Cautions Businesses to Back Up Environmental Claims, Issues New Guidelines

Earlier today, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a Business Alert warning businesses to ensure that their eco-related claims, such as using the terms “organic”, “green” and “eco-friendly”, comply with the federal Competition Act, particularly the false or misleading advertising and performance claim provisions. See: It’s … read more »

Is It Time to Reward Competition Act Whistleblowers?

In my new Canadian Lawyer column today, I discuss the whistleblower provisions of the Competition Act and ask whether rewarding whistleblowers would strengthen competition law enforcement in Canada. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full column. ____________________ With the federal government’s new … read more »

CASL (Anti-Spam Law) Private Action Rights Come Into Force July 1st: 10 Key Points

On July 1, 2014, Canada’s new federal anti-spam legislation (CASL) largely came into force. Since it was introduced, both the CRTC (the primary enforcement body) and the Competition Bureau have been enforcing the legislation, with penalties to date ranging from $48,000 to $1.1 million. Beginning … read more »