Steve Szentesi

Steve Szentesi

Steve Szentesi is a competition and advertising lawyer based in Toronto. He is a former adjunct professor of competition law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, author of a number of competition law publications and is lawyer-editor for Practical Law Canada Competition. He writes regularly with particular interest in competition policy and innovation and law.

He can be reached by email.


Should lawyers still blog?

Yes, but times have changed and blogs must change with them, writes Steve Szentesi

Running a friends-and-family promotion in Canada? Cruel, cryptic CASL strikes again

Canada's anti-spam legislation makes it hard for companies to market their products, writes Steve Szentesi

COVID-19 consumer protection enforcement: a tale of two countries

Canada could learn from its southern neighbour in enforcing anti-gouging laws, says Steve Szentesi

The price, the whole price and nothing but the price: Is that too much to ask?

Steve Szentesi just wants the price-dripping cases to go away

Should advertising regulators enforce wokeness?

Should advertising regulators enforce wokeness?

Steve Szentesi argues advertising watchdog oversteps in banning “harmful” ads

CRTC ups the CASL liability ante for directors and officers

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.

Holiday cards, marketing & lawyers

Christmas cards. How many do you want?

New competition bureau immunity and leniency programs alter risk-benefit analysis for applicants

On September 27, 2018, the government of Canada’s competition bureau issued new immunity and leniency programs following extensive public consultations.

Dazed and confused: Canada’s approach to pot marketing

Like many other Canadian markets, pot will be kind of legal with strict restrictions on the growth, distribution, sale, use and marketing.

Tap runs dry in beer class action

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.