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Avoiding commercial mortgage fraud: ‘Sweat the small details’

  • May 01, 2013
  • Becky Rynor

While mortgage fraud itself is nothing new, even as recently as four years ago fraudsters concentrated on properties on the lower end of the price range. Recently, however, fraud involving higher-priced commercial properties has been happening more often. It’s bold, high-stakes and relatively easy to pull off, writes Becky Rynor.

Collective bargaining and the Canadian Competition Act

  • May 01, 2013
  • John Bodrug

A current investigation by the Canadian Competition Bureau into alleged illegal agreements by several concrete forming contractors in Toronto highlights the need to ensure that collective agreements comply with the Competition Act, writes John Bodrug, a partner with Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto.

Lenders or pensioners – who’s ahead after Indalex?

  • February 01, 2013
  • Janice and George Mucalov, LL.B.

When a company’s fiscal going gets rough, the going gets particularly bumpy for people who had counted on their pension funds to see them smoothly into retirement and old age. When the Supreme Court decided in Indalex that some creditors had paramountcy, members of its underfunded pension plan were left out in the cold. Janice and George Mucalov discuss what the decision means. WATCH: Rachel Arbour of Hicks Morley's Toronto office discusses the Supreme Court of Canada's Indalex decision.

Canned spam: New rules cast an overly broad net, some say

  • February 01, 2013
  • Janice and George Mucalov

Canada has passed its Anti-Spam Act – good news for those of us whose inboxes are overflowing with junk mail. But as Janice Tibbetts reports, critics say the net it casts is too broad, and that a lot of seemingly innocuous communications from legitimate businesses will get caught along with the putative Nigerian princes and the purveyors of anatomical enhancers.

The Investment Canada Act and Chinese Investment in Canada

  • August 15, 2012
  • Mark Katz

When it comes to foreign direct investment, China and Canada have been described as a match made in heaven. Canada has vast natural resources but not necessarily the domestic financial capacity to develop them; China has a major appetite for natural resource imports and massive levels of outward foreign direct investment.

Looming impacts for lawyers in pending Appeal Court decision

  • August 08, 2012
  • Janice Mucalov, LL.B. and George Mucalov, LL.B

Lawyers could face an ethical minefield – and onerous new recording and reporting obligations – if the B.C. Court of Appeal rules against them in a decision expected in early 2013.

What Price Privacy?

  • April 18, 2012
  • Becky Rynor

Someone has been peeking at your private information: where you work, how much you make, your health records. How much will it cost to make you feel better about it? Can you put a dollar figure on breach of privacy?