Month: January 2013

U.S. law school applicants decline

According to a report in The National Law Journal, posted on law.com, the number of U.S. law school applicants has declined significantly: As of mid-January, the number of applicants for seats in American Bar Association-accredited law schools has fallen by 20 percent since last year. If the trend holds through the final months of the

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Legal Heavyweights on OSC Advisory Committee

Last Friday, the Ontario Securities Commission announced the creation of its new Securities Proceeding Advisory Committee (SPAC). The committee’s mandate — which the OSC has outlined in detail on its site — will be to provide comments and advice on policy and procedural initiatives relating to the Commission’s administrative tribunal proceedings. Commission Secretary John Stevenson

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Open access this month for Top Deals/Cases

To coincide with our much anticipated “Deal of the Year” January issue, Lexpert is opening access to its digital edition for non-subscribers. Our Top Deals feature, “The Year of the Regulator,” ranks the 10 most important deals of the year, while our Top Cases feature, “The Business of the Courts,” takes a look at the

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Trade-mark decision raises concerns for Canadian IP lawyers

Canadian IP lawyers are talking about a recent Federal Court decision – Homeaway.com Inc v Hrdlicka, 2012 FC 1467 – that found a trade-mark displayed on a US-website accessed in Canada constituted “use.” According to Brian Isaac of Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, in a case update: Justice Hughes’ decision is consistent with prior jurisprudence and the view

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Hockey Law

For a review of the several external law firms that helped end the NHL labour dispute, see the Am Law Daily report, “Skadden, Proskauer Bring NHL Back to Ice…” at http://www.americanlawyer.com. The roster of firms involved at various stages included Montreal’s Melancon, Marceau, Grenier & Sciortino and Edmonton’s Blair Chahley; then Heenan Blaikie and McLennan

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How does the ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise affect Canadians?

Although most of the major legislative changes resulting from the New Year’s “fiscal cliff” negotiations has been widely covered, Lexpert wondered, on behalf of our readers, about something that has not been covered as much: how the changes affect Canadians. So Lexpert asked US tax lawyer (and Canadian-born) Gary Gartner of Kaye Scholer LLP about

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WTO rules against Ontario’s Feed-In Tarriff Program

Michael Nilevsky, Stikeman Elliott LLP, posted a blog on Dec 20, 2012, reviewing the WTO’s ruling on the “domestic content requirements of Ontario’s Feed-In Tarriff (FIT) program”. Accordingly, “much like [the WTO’s] interim report, the final ruling finds that the FIT program violates the WTO rules that forbid treating domestic suppliers and products differently from

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