Steve Szentesi argues advertising watchdog oversteps in banning “harmful” ads
On April 23, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced the first penalty against an individual for violating Canada’s anti-spam law and imposed a $100,000 administrative monetary penalty against the former CEO of coupon marketing company nCrowd, Inc. This is the first time that an individual has been found liable for CASL violations committed by a corporation. This case also follows (relatively) recent CRTC guidance relating to potential third-party liability for CASL violations.
Christmas cards. How many do you want?
On September 27, 2018, the government of Canada’s competition bureau issued new immunity and leniency programs following extensive public consultations.
Like many other Canadian markets, pot will be kind of legal with strict restrictions on the growth, distribution, sale, use and marketing.
The Ontario Superior Court recently dismissed a Competition Act class action against the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, The Beer Store and three of its shareholders Labatt, Molson Coors and Sleeman.
Last December, Loblaw and George Weston disclosed that they had participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement for about 14 years but would receive immunity from prosecution by co-operating in the Competition Bureau’s Immunity Program. the case is a nearly perfect case study in competition/antitrust cartels and how the Competition Bureau and other industry players operate in the competition conspiracy microcosm.
It was Christmas Eve and Ebenantitrust, a senior Big Law partner, was working late on defence pleading in a competition class action case.
In one of the most memorable exchanges in modern movie history, Jules and Vincent in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction rap about hash bars in Amsterdam. Fast forward 23 years and this film noir chat is strikingly similar to several provinces’ recent plans to legalize pot.
Several years ago, when Toronto was working on amendments to its street vending bylaw, I wrote a column arguing that the city needed to increase food truck competition.