News & Publications

Month: March 2011

Peter Dillon and Serge Anissimoff to deliver a lecture at Western University

Written by on October 18, 2018.

On October 29, Peter Dillon and Serge Anissimoff will deliver a lecture to the Master of Management of Applied Sciences program at Western University. Peter will speak on the subject of upcoming trends in technology, including block chain, crypto currency and artificial intelligence. Serge will address intellectual property concerns including patents, trademarks and copyright.  

A Primer on Real Estate Issues in Estate Litigation

Written by on October 11, 2018.

This paper provides a high-level outline — the “Coles notes”— on frequently encountered real estate issues in estate litigation, specifically, claims arising from proprietary estoppel, the doctrine of part performance, unjust enrichment and the imposition of resulting trusts.  It also briefly reviews a pre-judgment remedy, i.e. the certificate of pending litigation, which regularly arises in such proceedings. The information below is not intended to provide an exhaustive analysis of ...

21st Annual Estates and Trusts Law Summit – October 10 & 11

Written by on October 05, 2018.

Siskinds associate Dagmara Wozniak will be speaking at the 21st Annual Estates and Trusts Law Society of Ontario Summit on October 10th, sharing her knowledge on the topic of “Real Estate Issues in Estate Litigation”. To find out more about the two-day summit, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, click here: https://store.lso.ca/21st-annual-estates-and-trusts-summit-day-one

Is Bill 148 being scrapped in its entirety?

Written by on October 03, 2018.

Premier Doug Ford was quoted yesterday (Tuesday October 2, 2018) in the legislature as saying, “We’re getting rid of Bill 148. We’re going to make sure we protect the front-line workers.” His Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson was quick to slow down the move, saying, “There are parts that we will keep and there are parts that probably will go” and went on to say that the process is under review. Recently, Ford announced that the minimum wage increase scheduled for January 1,...

Cities could add another layer to data protection

Written by on September 28, 2018.

Protecting citizens' private online information is so important that municipalities are even stepping up to provide another layer of protection to consumers, On Nov. 6, voters in San Francisco will decide whether to enact a municipal “Privacy First Policy.” If passed, businesses in the city would be required to disclose their data collection policies and obtain input from communities impacted when drafting them, says Peter Dillon, a partner with Siskinds LLP. Read the full article featu...

Ontario Government Announces WSIB Premium Relief for Employers

Written by on September 27, 2018.

On September 26, the government of Ontario announced that Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) premium rates for employers will be reduced due to a steep reduction in the WSIB’s Insurance Fund’s unfunded liability. In the announcement, the provincial government stated that “the WSIB will be able to cut the average premium rate for employers by almost 30 per cent, starting January 1, 2019.” According to the WSIB, premiums for Schedule 1 employers will decrease from an aver...

Class Actions Team Ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Canada 2019

Written by on September 24, 2018.

The class actions team at Siskinds LLP has been ranked in the top band of the Chambers Canada 2019 guide, issued by international legal research organization, Chambers and Partners. Also of notable achievement was the inclusion of four partners who were recognized for their individual stature in the field of class actions. Commentary from the guide includes the following accolades for these partners: Charles Wright is considered one of the "most effective business people" in the Canadian p...

Cannabis Retail in Ontario: Franchising as a Business Model

Written by on September 21, 2018.

In the wake of federal plans to legalize recreational cannabis use,[1] the Western Provinces announced licensing schemes for private sale. A number of cannabis companies, such as Canndara, Spiritleaf, and Starbuds, began the process of organizing franchise systems with a view to exploiting this new market. In Ontario, the former Liberal government had spurned the approach of the Western Provinces in favour of a public monopoly. In June 2018, that government was ousted by Doug Ford’s Progressiv...

DIY investors fight back against trailer fees

Written by on September 17, 2018.

Trailing commissions (also known as trailer fees) are intended to compensate mutual fund dealers, such as discount brokers, for investment advice they provide to investors. However, discount brokers are prohibited from providing investment advice under the law. Siskinds LLP is pursuing claims on behalf of retail investors who have paid trailing commissions on mutual funds held in discount brokerage accounts. In this 3 minute CBC report, watch Steve Pozgaj’s story about paying almost $5,000 ...

Recent Developments in Securities Class Actions: Pre-Certification Jurisdictional Challenges

Written by on September 14, 2018.

Today, capital markets are essentially borderless. Stock exchanges with physical trading floors have become an anachronism. Electronic transactions are the norm. With the click of a button, Canadian investors can buy and sell securities of foreign companies on foreign stock exchanges. But what happens when a Canadian investor loses money on their investment because the foreign company did not give them proper disclosure of facts that impact the value of the company’s securities? Are they en...