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Published on: 8 Apr 2019 By

Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise

Licensed producers and other cannabis companies[1] are licensing their trademarks 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 attentiveness to the …

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Published on: 8 Feb 2019 By

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. Click here to view the full article

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Published on: 20 Nov 2018 By

Cannabis License Act: Franchising Implications

Before the Ontario Cannabis License Act was passed, I wrote about the relative merits of corporate store ownership and franchising as business models for cannabis retail.[1] It now appears that corporate store ownership will not be an option for licensed producers who wish to establish a sig…

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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

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 t…

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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?

So you’re interested in buying a franchise. What next? 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 rep…

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Published on: 21 Feb 2018 By

Is Your Franchise Disclosure Document Up to Date?

Franchise legislation in Canada (BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI) requires the information contained in a franchisor’s disclosure document (“FDD”) to be updated at various times. Follow these steps to ensure that your document is up-to-date: A franchisor needs to ensure…

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Published on: 2 Feb 2018 By ,

Peter Dillon Analyses the Raibex Canada Case

Siskinds partner, Peter Dillon, was featured in today’s edition of Advocate Daily for his recent article that analysed the results of Raibex Canada v ASWR Franchising Corp. Dillon regards the decision by the Court of Appeal as a “dose of pragmatism” and a favourable decision for franchisors.…

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Published on: 15 Dec 2017 By ,

Peter Dillon Featured in Franchise Law Journal – Canada’s Developing Franchise Jurisprudence

The Franchise Law Journal is a respected collection of franchising news, published seasonally by the American Bar Association. Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon was recently featured in the winter 2017 edition for his article Canada: It’s Like Watching A Car Crash in Slow Motion. With homage to …

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