Month: January 2012

Lego mini-action figures do battle: Is it a guy thing?

Danish toymaker Lego is suing Best-Lock Construction Toys Inc., a Hong-Kong-based up-start in the mini-action figure business. Canadian IP lawyer Barry Sookman tweeted about the toy fight, linking to an article from Hartfordbusiness.com  (the suit was launched in Hartford, CT, Federal Court). It’s a fascinating read about the history of the iconic toy and the

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Pan American Silver Buys Minefinders for $1.5B

It’s the “Year of Rocks” part II. This week, Pan American Silver announced its agreement to purchase Minefinders for around $1.5 billion in a friendly takeover deal, which is expected to close by the end of March. By buying Minefinders, the company will add the multi-million ounce Dolores mine in Mexico to its assets and advance its vision of becoming the world’s largest

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Who owns your Facebook photos? Social media industry faces threat as EU proposes “Right to be Forgotten”

Today, European Commissioner Viviane Reding is introducing new privacy legislation that proposes ambitious — and some might say impossible — reforms to the way personal information on social media sites is protected. The new legislation would effectively shift ownership of photos, videos and messages to users, granting them the “right to be forgotten.” (Read a

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New personal privacy tort in Ontario – what are the implications?

Anyone with even a passing interest in privacy law in Canada would now know that the Ontario Court Appeal recently recognized a a tort of “intrusion upon seclusion” in its recent decision of Jones v. Tsige. In this case, Sandra Jones sued Winnie Tsige for surreptitiously looking at Jones’ banking records. Both women happened to be employees

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Canadian Anti-Spam Law

Companies, and their lawyers, can’t be sure when the new Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL), will take effect.  Latest estimates are for mid-2012. According to various online sources, the Government is still working out the Regulations – which means consulting with stakeholders, who are likely offering the Government differing opinions. In the meantime, lawyers are doing

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Pembina Pipeline Extends its Reach

It’s the story of two homegrown Alberta companies coming together. Pembina Pipeline Corp. announced its plan to purchase Provident Energy Ltd. earlier this week, in a deal that “…will create one of the largest publicly traded energy infrastructure companies in Canada,” according to Pembina’s press release. The all-share deal is valued at $3.2 billion. Consolidation in the midstream

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Technology law: hot issues

While speaking at McCarthy Tétrault’s Technology Law Summit today, tech lawyer (and Lexpert columnist) George Takach gave the audience a list of three hot issues in technology law at the moment. All three hold cautionary tales for lawyers working for or advising companies that use technology as a substantial part of their business (i.e. pretty

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Discrimination for the sake of decorum? UK Supreme Court to hear case on mandatory retirement for partners

Law firm partners approaching their supposed retirement age will be keenly watching UK legal news as Supreme Court hearings in that country open today in the case of Seldon v. Clarkson Wright and Jakes, which will determine whether an appeals court was justified in allowing the law firm to retire a partner, Leslie Seldon, at

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Norman Findlay signs on to mining group at Bennett Jones

After nearly 16 years with Cassels Brock, securities lawyer Norm Findlay started at Bennett Jones earlier this month, with an eye towards building up the firm’s mining group. Findlay, who has been repeatedly recommended for Mining Law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, was settling into his new office at First Canadian Place when we reached him by phone to chat about his move. Lexpert: Why did

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Blakes 2012 M&A Forecast

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP — which is touting its spectacular performance in international rankings for 2011 — also published its 2012 M&A forecast, and the firm makes some interesting speculative comments. For one thing, Blakes is suggesting possible changes to shareholder-rights takeover defences, citing a recent public forum in which the deputy director of the Ontario

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