The US District Court of Maryland's recent decision
concerning Aegis Mobile, LLC signals a major development in
cross-border regulatory enforcement and cooperation between Canada
and the United States. Made pursuant to the US Safe Web Act,
Aegis demonstrates a growing willingness on the part of
the authorities of both countries to work to share information in
building and prosecuting cases against individuals and companies
accused of unfair business practices.
In September 2012 the Canadian Competition Bureau began legal
proceedings under the deceptive marketing provisions of the
Canadian Competition Act against the three major Canadian wireless
telecoms service providers, as well as the Canadian Wireless
Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in the Premium Text
Messaging case. At issue was the practice of marketing
so-called 'premium' services to customers (eg, trivia
questions and ringtones) without adequate disclosure of the
significant fees associated with these services.
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The Commissioner of Competition addressed innovation, enforcement and policy initiatives at the Competition Bureau in his keynote speech, "Strengthening Competition: Innovation, Collaboration and Transparency."
Used car listing website operator CarGurus Inc.'s attempt to force rival Trader Corporation to supply it with vehicle listing data has encountered a dead end as the Competition Tribunal denied it leave to commence a private application under several provisions of the Competition Act.
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