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Misleading Concert Prices Could Be Your Ticket to a Fine: Competition Bureau

On July 4, 2017, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a statement warning sporting and entertainment vendors to ensure that their upfront pricing was accurate. In particular, the Bureau cautioned ticket sellers that engaging in “drip pricing” (i.e., only disclosing a portion of the price upfront … Read the rest of this entry »

$1.25 Million Settlement in Car Rental Drip Pricing Case

Yesterday the Competition Bureau announced that it had negotiated a $1.25 million settlement with two major Canadian car rental companies (Hertz Canada Limited and Dollar Thrifty) in relation to alleged “drip pricing” advertising practices. In particular, the Bureau had taken the position that the two … Read the rest of this entry »

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 the rest of this entry »

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 the rest of this entry »

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 the rest of this entry »

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 the rest of this entry »

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 the rest of this entry »

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 the rest of this entry »

Moose Knuckles Settles “Made in Canada” Advertising Case, Second Use of Competition Tribunal’s Mediation Process

Earlier today, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that Moose Knuckles has entered into a settlement to resolve alleged false or misleading “Made in Canada” claims relating to its down-filled parkas (see: Competition Bureau resolves Made in Canada advertising concerns with Moose Knuckles and Consent Agreement). … Read the rest of this entry »

Competition Bureau’s Annual Internet Advertising Enforcement Sweep Focuses on False or Misleading Endorsements

Earlier today, the Canadian Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that its most recent annual Internet advertising sweep focused on false or misleading online endorsements (see: Annual Internet Sweep Focuses on Online Reviews and Endorsements). The Bureau said that this year’s annual Internet sweep was aimed at … Read the rest of this entry »