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Published on: 26 Jun 2015 By

New study of franchise territories – it’s not law, but still interesting

By Peter Dilon for AdvocateDaily.com A recent study conducted by Franchisegrade.com of the scope and extent of territorial protection granted by U.S. franchisors is of interest to anyone practicing in this area, whether for franchisors or franchisees. The study used as its source 654 franchi…

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Published on: 9 Jun 2015 By

Food labelling coming to a (franchised) restaurant near you

Here is a recent legislative development of interest that will impact the franchise community, at least in Ontario: the Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015, which received Royal assent on May 28, 2015. Note that the act comes into force on Jan. 1, 2017. The act requires that “owners and opera…

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Published on: 29 May 2015 By

Limitation Periods – Often Overlooked, Yet Potentially Fatal to Your Legal Rights

It is inevitable that at some point a business will experience a harmful event that causes it to suffer a financial loss. Examples include a third party breaking a contract or a warehouse fire due to faulty electrical wiring. Therefore, businesses need to be aware of the time limits that res…

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Published on: 7 May 2015 By

OCA Clarifies Franchisor Disclosure Obligations

After getting off to a shaky start, the Ontario Court of Appeal seems to be finding its feet in the interpretation of franchisors’ disclosure obligations as mandated by the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) 2000, S.O. 2000 c. 3, and its General Regulation. In the case of Caffé Demetr…

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Published on: 5 May 2015 By

Court of Appeal Upholds ERT Finding in Blanding’s Turtle Case

On April 20, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal restored the finding of the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) that the proposed Ostrander Point wind farm would result in “serious and irreversible” harm to the Blanding’s turtle. The Ostrander Point wind farm project is a nine-turbine 22.5 …

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Published on: 4 May 2015 By

New ESA Poster Requirements for Ontario Employers

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has just released its new version (6.0) of the Employment Standards Poster entitled “Employment Standards in Ontario”. Ontario employers must immediately post this new poster in each of its workplaces in a location likely to come to the attention of…

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Published on: 20 Apr 2015 By , ,

A Decade of Competition Law Class Actions: From Chadha to the ‘New Trilogy’

Abstract: The brief history of Canadian competition law class actions has been marked by a significant evolution in approach, from hesitancy to acceptance. The debate has focused on the evidentiary standard and the viability of indirect purchaser claims. Early attempts at certification in co…

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