The world of marketing and advertising has evolved – last year, U.S. companies spent an estimated $13.5 billion on social media marketing alone.1 How are lawmakers and enforcement agencies responding to the change? The Competition Bureau has recently clarified how competition and advertising law in Canada applies to social media marketing tactics in its latest volume of the Deceptive Marketing Practices Digest. Full article
Superior Court Sentences Trader To Six Months Incarceration For Trading In Promissory Notes Despite Securities Trading Ban
On September 26th, Justice Charney of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released his sentencing decision in the Ontario Securities Commission v. Tiffin. This sentencing decision followed an appellate decision by Justice Charney from May, 15th, 2018 in which Tiffin was convicted of trading in securities without registration and while prohibited as well as distributing securities without a prospectus. Full article
Canada is one of the only industrialized countries in the world that does not have a national securities regulator. Instead, it has a nationwide patchwork of thirteen securities commissions – one for each province and territory. Full article
In its unanimous decision in Lavender v. Miller Bernstein LLP released on September 5, 2018, the Court of Appeal for Ontario made it clear that notwithstanding the liability imposed by the Supreme Court of Canada ("SCC") in the recent auditor's negligence case of Livent v. Deloitte & Touche, the reasoning of the SCC in Livent will make it rare for an auditor on a limited retainer to be held liable to anyone other than its audit client, such as investors, clients or other stakeholders of the audit client. Full article
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