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At Aird & Berlis, we provide strategic legal and business advice in all principal areas of corporate commercial law, including corporate finance, banking, insolvency and restructuring, energy, environmental, infrastructure/P3, technology and intellectual property, litigation, labour and employment, municipal and land use planning, real estate and tax. 

We focus on your legal issues, so you can focus on your business.

Recent Developments

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Homestead Land Holdings Ltd. Successful in Ontario Superior Court of Justice Decision Timothy J. Hill and Eileen P. K. Costello Jun 28, 2022 On June 17, 2022, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) released its decision in Frontenac Heritage Foundation v. Homestead Land Holdings Ltd., concerning two proposed high-rise buildings in downtown Kingston. The court denied Frontenac’s motion for leave to appeal, concluding that the Ontario Land Tribunal did not make any extricable errors of law in its decision to allow th...
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Addressing Risk Allocation in M&A Transactions Through the Use of Transactional Insurance: A Primer on Representation and Warranty Insurance in the Canadian M&A Market Jeffrey K. Merk, Gary Volman and Christian Nianiaris Jun 27, 2022 The natural tension between buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions has led to countless hours being spent allocating risk and consequences of various elements of that risk. Many risks can be insured with transaction insurance, often referred to as representation and warranty insurance.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Jackson Phillips Jackson Phillips Jun 27, 2022 We are pleased to announce that Jackson Phillips has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Capital Markets Group.
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A De(pp) Brief – the Current State of Defamation Law Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova, Jessie Lewis and Natasha R. Atyeo Jun 24, 2022 There is no doubt that you have come across coverage of the recent celebrity legal battle between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. However, it has become clear that many may not be aware of the underlying legal and policy principles, including with respect to defamation.
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Amendments to Canadian Patent Rules Coming Into Force October 3, 2022 Lola A. Bartoszewicz, PhD, Steve Hundal, B.Eng., Kimberly A. McManus, PhD and Peter S. L. Wong, M.A.Sc. Jun 23, 2022 On October 3, 2022, amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules will come into force, introducing changes to patent prosecution in Canada. The most significant of these changes are excess claims fees and a new continued examination procedure.
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Adoption of Bill 96 – Are Your Trademark Rights Secured? Michelle Lacroix Jun 22, 2022 On May 24, 2022, the National Assembly of Québec adopted Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, reforming language laws in the province. Bill 96 will have broad implications for non-French trademarks used in Québec.
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Dasha Peregoudova Named Director of Sanctions and Outcomes for Abuse-Free Sport Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jun 20, 2022 Dasha Peregoudova, an associate and member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Workplace Law and Sports, Media & Entertainment Groups, has been named the Director of Sanctions and Outcomes for Abuse-Free Sport, Canada’s new independent safe sport mechanism.
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Bar Exam Breach: Law Society of Ontario Moves Ahead With Claim While Affected Candidates Are Left on Outside Looking In Hannah Downard and Josh Suttner Jun 17, 2022 On May 25, 2022, following months of investigation, the Law Society of Ontario announced that it had commenced an action against Aamer Chaudhry and NCA Exam Guru for their alleged role in the breach and distribution of confidential exam materials to licensing candidates.
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Historic NFT Insider Trading Charges in U.S. of Relevance to Canadian Operators Russell J. Sanders, Sean Green and Ali Kwinter Jun 16, 2022 On June 1, 2022, the United States Department of Justice laid the first-ever insider trading charges in relation to digital assets. The accused, Nathaniel Chastain, was arrested in Manhattan, New York, in connection with a scheme to commit insider trading of non-fungible tokens.
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Towards the Future: Where Will Sports Betting Go From Here? Peter K. Czegledy Jun 15, 2022 Peter Czegledy, Chair of the Gaming Group at Aird & Berlis, moderated a panel titled “The Future of Sports Betting” on June 7, 2022, at the Canadian Gaming Summit, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The panel dissected what the future holds for what may be the most dynamic and promising...
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Enhanced French Language Requirements Under Bill 96: An Update for Employers with Quebec-based Employees and Operations Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova, Michelle Lacroix and Madeline Grubert Jun 13, 2022 On May 24, 2022, the National Assembly of Québec adopted Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, amending language laws in the province previously set out in the Charter of the French Language.
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Aird & Berlis Wins Outstanding Canadian Firm of the Year Award at 2022 Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America Jun 10, 2022 Aird & Berlis is honoured to announce that it is the recipient of the 2022 Chambers Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Canadian Firm of the Year award.
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Pizza Problems: Federal Court Expunges Trademark Registration for Lack of Control Over Licensed Use Amy Grenon and Sarah Syed Jun 10, 2022 The recent Canadian Federal Court decision in Milano Pizza Ltd. v. 6034799 Canada Inc., 2022 FC 425 reinforces the importance of brand owners maintaining control of their trademarks.
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Linamar Corporation Completes Acquisition of the Salford Group Jeffrey K. Merk, Gary Volman, Francesco Gucciardo, Ryan Cohen, Christian Nianiaris, Stephen Zolf, Nevethan Balendra, Neill Kalvin, Daniella Guzzi, Steve Hundal, B.Eng., Ken Clark, Dennis M. O'Leary, Michael F. Horvat and Portia Biswas Jun 09, 2022 On June 3, Linamar Corporation, a global leader in advanced manufacturing solutions and a world-class developer of highly engineered products, completed its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Salford group of companies for an aggregate purchase price of CAD $260 million, subject to ordinary transaction adjustments.
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Examining the 2022 Federal Budget’s Provisions for Intellectual Property Ken Clark and Michael Puopolo Jun 07, 2022 The 2022 Federal Budget and the accompanying omnibus bill, Bill C-19, seek to implement several legislative changes that will affect intellectual property rights.
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CSA Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects Adria Leung Lim, Jeffrey K. Merk and Joshua Ward May 25, 2022 The Canadian Securities Administrators recently published Consultation Paper 43-401 – Consultation on National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects to obtain stakeholder feedback about the efficacy of several key provisions of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and answer whether regulatory changes in priority areas would address co...
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Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney Welcome Partner Peter S. L. Wong Peter S. L. Wong, M.A.Sc. May 17, 2022 We are pleased to announce that Peter S. L. Wong has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Intellectual Property Group.
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Election Time in Ontario and Employee Voting Rights Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Bardia Jalayer May 12, 2022 On June 2, 2022, Ontarians will head to the polls to elect the members of the 43rd Parliament of Ontario. With the election taking place on a weekday, employers and employees alike will be asking what obligations and rights they may have when it comes to voting.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Jacob B. Dubelaar Jacob B. Dubelaar May 02, 2022 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Jacob Dubelaar has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Real Estate Group.
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Brantford Power and Energy+ Merge to Form GrandBridge Energy Ron W. Clark, Lisa E. Moreau, Barbara Worndl, Dennis M. O'Leary, Danielle M. Shields, Emily Chittick, Christian Nianiaris, Sam Babe and Michael F. Horvat May 02, 2022 On May 2, 2022, Brantford Energy Corporation and Cambridge and North Dumfries Energy+ Inc. merged to form GrandBridge Corporation, the shareholder of GrandBridge Energy Inc., GrandBridge Group Inc., and GrandBridge Solutions Inc.
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World Intellectual Property Day 2022 Apr 26, 2022 Aird & McBurney and Aird & Berlis are proud to celebrate World IP Day 2022
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Federal Court Dismisses Motion to Strike Judicial Review Application on Voluntary Disclosure Louise R. Summerhill and Monica Carinci Apr 22, 2022 On March 13, 2022, a prothonotary of the Federal Court of Canada dismissed the Crown’s motion to strike the judicial review application of Milgram Foundation.
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Tax Court Allows Unclaimed Rebates for Tax Paid in Error to Subcontractors Louise R. Summerhill and Monica Carinci Apr 22, 2022 On March 17, 2022, The Tax Court of Canada allowed the GST/HST appeal of Mediclean Incorporated, a professional cleaning service company that engages cleaners as subcontractors to provide these services.
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Harborside Inc. Completes Acquisition of Loudpack Sherri M. Altshuler, Adria Leung Lim, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Apr 07, 2022 On April 4, Harborside Inc., a California-focused, vertically-integrated cannabis enterprise, completed the acquisition of LPF JV Corporation, a leading manufacturer, cultivator and distributor of award-winning cannabis brands in California.