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 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.

Bread, cartels and the Competition Bureau’s Immunity Program

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.

A competition Christmas carol

It was Christmas Eve and Ebenantitrust, a senior Big Law partner, was working late on defence pleading in a competition class action case.

The Ontario government’s Pulp Fiction approach to pot legalization

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.

Time to fully free Toronto’s food trucks

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.