EVERY YEAR, RETURNING MEMBERS of the Lexpert Rising Stars Advisory Board (which selects the Winners from the Finalists) say their role was harder than the previous year. Past Winners already knew how competitive it was to win, and that meant a lot to them.Lexpert, "It was a true honour to be recognized as a Lexpert Rising Star in 2014 with a group of such accomplished individuals. The award helped boost my confidence in my abililties and solidified my drive to do excellent work for my clients." Ranjan Agarwal, a partner at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto and a 2015 Winner, said, "So many leading lawyers have won this award, and to be included in their company is a great privilege."click here):Michael AcedoCarrie AikenAfshan AliSherri M. Altshuler She has been on the Board of Directors of The Arthritis Society (Ontario) since 2012, and she is on the organization’s Nominating Committee and All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala Committee. Altshuler was a Board Member of the Ontario … [Read more...] about Rising Stars 2017
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In BriefOn 24 February, the ACCC unveiled its Enforcement and Compliance priorities for 2017. The ACCC's enforcement activities in 2017 will continue to target larger companies causing harm to consumers and small businesses. As expected, the ACCC will continue to push for higher penalties for breaches of both competition and consumer laws, in particular against larger businesses. In the competition space, the ACCC will return its focus to anti-competitive conduct resulting in a substantial lessening of competition, particularly price-parity agreements. It also warns that there will be more criminal prosecutions of cartel participants after the commencement of the first criminal cartel case in 2016. At a consumer law level, the ACCC will focus on consumer guarantees, unfair contract terms, country of origin labelling, payment surcharges and broadband performance and speed claims. Industries that will be particularly focused upon include the commercial … [Read more...] about Higher Penalties, Construction, Health and Energy: the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Sets its Enforcement Priorities for 2017
On March 15, 2013, Japan announced it will seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, an 11-country free trade agreement (FTA) negotiation involving Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam, which collectively make up one-third of the global economy. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and the United States’ fourth largest trading partner. For US companies with export interests, Japan’s participation in the TPP could mean improved access to one of the world’s largest economies for US goods, services and investments including in the following areas:Elimination of Japanese tariffs and non-tariff barriers on agriculture products of export interest to US companiesOpening of Japan’s insurance sectorReform of Japan’s non-transparent and costly environmental and safety certification procedures for autos Reform of Japan’s entry and … [Read more...] about Japan’s Entry Into Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Raises Opportunities and Risks for US Companies
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement in history when considering the member economies, covering approximately 40% of the global economy. The deal, reached in Atlanta, GA, is a victory for President Obama, who has championed the agreement as a vehicle for opening new markets to American products and establishing higher labor and environmental standards, while building an economic bloc in the Asia-Pacific region to compete with China. (See the White House Fact Sheet here.) Once the last of the details are fully ironed out, the agreement must then be individually approved by each of the 12 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.After President Obama formally presents the deal to the U.S. Congress, lawmakers will … [Read more...] about Pacific Rim Countries Reach Historic Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, But Will Congress Approve It?
Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers representing the 12 Pacific Rim countries included in the free trade deal remain optimistic about negotiations and said in a joint statement that they are “more confident than ever that TPP is within reach.”One of the major sticking points reportedly centers around intellectual property protections for biologics. The U.S. reportedly attempted to secure 12 years’ data protection for pharmaceutical companies, while Australia is insisting on five years. Observers suggest the agreement will fall somewhere between five and seven years’ data protection. U.S. stakeholders concerned with a deal that only includes five years of data protection could threaten to round up enough opposition in Congress to stymie the deal.Other points of contention arose over … [Read more...] about Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Face Tighter Timeline as Talks Continue
Many franchisors and other participants in the franchising sector are anticipating with concern the outcome of The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill) which was introduced into the Federal Parliament on 1 March 2017 and referred to the Senate Education and Legislation Committee on 23 March 2017. The Committee briefly accepted public submissions until 6 April 2017 and held public hearings on 12 and 13 April 2017.Assuming that this Bill passes into law, new liability for franchisors will now be created in relation to the underpayment or non-payment of franchisee staff members. The Bill also proposes significant increases in fines.The following update includes details about the Bill and what it means for franchisors should it be passed. We will provide a comprehensive bulletin regarding the matter once the Bill passes into law.Recent Franchising StatisticsIn January 2017 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released updated … [Read more...] about Increased Franchisor Liability Likely Under New Laws: Franchisor Update May 2017