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Published on: 13 Jan 2020 By

Understanding the differences between GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA – a guide for Canadian businesses

Gone are days of unregulated and untethered data gathering. With the rolling out of the California Consumer Privacy Act, Canadian businesses are now finding themselves navigating a sea awash with a patchwork of extraterritorial legislation. The laws are sometimes inconsistent, often vague, a…

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Published on: 16 Dec 2019 By

Advantages and disadvantages of franchising your business

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably considering franchising as a method of expansion for your business. You might be considering franchising as a result of your own research into expansion options for your business, or (as is often the case) you might be considering franchising b…

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Published on: 8 Apr 2019 By

Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise

Certain licensed producers have been licensing their trademarks (or the trademarks of their retail arm) to successful applicants for Ontario cannabis retail licenses. Trademark license agreements involve downside legal risk; in particular, the “accidental franchise”, and must be drafted with…

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Published on: 8 Feb 2019 By

Advocate Daily: Peter Dillon comments on Canadian coffee giant and franchisee group potential settlement

Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon recently spoke with Advocate Daily about a Canadian coffee giant and frustrated franchisees that appear to be close to reaching a settlement in two class action lawsuits. See the full article below. Coffee giant, franchisee group close to settling two class acti…

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Published on: 1 Jan 2019 By

Advocate Daily: If it looks like a franchise, it’s a franchise

By Peter Dillon for AdvocateDaily.com In another decision in the line of “accidental franchisor” cases, Justice Mary E. Vallee, of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, granted summary judgment on the basis of non-disclosure to plaintiffs who purchased the rights to operate an alcohol deliv…

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Published on: 20 Nov 2018 By

Cannabis License Act: Franchising Implications

Store Ownership and Licensed Producers  Corporate store ownership will not be an option for licensed producers who wish to establish a significant presence in the cannabis retail market. Section 4(4) of the Cannabis License Act prohibits licensed producers and their affiliates from operating…

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Published on: 9 Nov 2018 By

Everything is electronic: Implementing electronic delivery of franchise disclosure documents and electronic execution of documents

Everything is electronic. It certainly feels that way. Even in areas that are slow to adopt change, digital is taking over. While many franchise systems are on the cutting edge of technology in their offerings and their methods of conducting business with clients, the processes of selling fr…

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Published on: 21 Sep 2018 By

Cannabis Retail in Ontario: Franchising as a Business Model

Cannabis Retail in Ontario  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…

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Published on: 31 Aug 2018 By

Franchise rescission no relief from loan obligations

Last week, Perell J. granted summary judgment to the Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) for indebtedness owed by Everest Group Inc. (“Everest”), a franchisee which had sought to rescind its franchise agreement.[1] Perell J. refused to require the bank to forebear exercising its rights until the fr…

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Published on: 15 Mar 2018 By

So You’re Interested in Buying a Franchise. What Next?

Buying a Franchise There are many reasons to buy a franchise. Whether you’re attracted to the prospect of running your own business, the support that being a part a franchise system offers, owning a business that already has an established presence and reputation, the higher rate of success …

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