Connected Vehicles and Privacy

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By Don Johnston on August 25, 2016

I have read a lot of stuff lately about the so-called dangers of connected cars and the inevitability that my car is going to kidnap me and drive me to a dark place and dump me. I’ll be lucky to survive, apparently. That’s okay; I’m from Hamilton. I’ve been driven to dark places and dumped […]


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By The Spotlight on August 22, 2016

Congratulations to Judi George who won an Apple Watch and to David Strom who won our Rio 2016 Canadian Olympic Team apparel package. Thank you to everyone who subscribed to our blog. We hope you find our posts interesting and enlightening.


Has your Company Suffered a Data Breach? Expect to Lose $6.03 Million on Average

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By Aaron Baer and Gobind Ahuja on August 10, 2016

There are 6.03 million reasons for organizations to protect their databases from cyber-attacks. The 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study (the “Study”), produced by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, serves as a sharp reminder for organizations to continue to bolster their data security initiatives. According to the Study, the average cost of a data breach […]


Complimentary Webinar – Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) – Updates Since September 2015


By The Spotlight on August 8, 2016

Join us for a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 9 – 10 a.m. regarding updates to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) since September 2015.  Topics to be covered include: Understanding the approach of Canada’s CASL regulators The latest in CASL investigations How the regulators approach investigations Understanding the upcoming private right of action Vital steps your company needs […]


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By The Spotlight on August 2, 2016

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Privacy – From the Inside Out

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By Paige Backman and Monica Carinci on July 28, 2016

Wearable technologies can track an incredible amount of biometric information – heart rate, blood pressure and sleep habits are but a few. Some can track sexual activities (in at least one case, much to the dismay of the users, the results of these activities were posted online and searchable). We are seeing the development of […]


How the (Copyright Test) Was Won: Led Zeppelin Victorious in “Stairway to Heaven” Suit

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By Ken Clark and Dillon Collett on July 27, 2016

Copyright cases have become increasingly high-profile within the music industry, recently reaching multimillion-dollar awards. On June 23rd, a jury ruled unanimously that the intro of “Stairway to Heaven” does not infringe the copyright of the 1960s psychedelic rock band Spirit’s song “Taurus,” following a week-long trial in Los Angeles. The suit was brought on behalf […]


Are You Compliant with Canada’s Anti-Spam Law? Expect the Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuits to Start Next Year

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By Aaron Baer on July 22, 2016

Individuals and organizations will soon be able to pursue a private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”), and you can be sure class action lawyers are salivating at the prospects. Currently, CASL is enforced by three federal agencies: (i) the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”), (ii) the Competition Bureau, and (iii) the […]


David vs. Goliath: Never Underestimate the PR Implications of Enforcing your Legal Rights


By Aaron Baer on July 21, 2016

In a recent twist on the classic David vs. Goliath story, the sportswear giant Nike filed a lawsuit against Boris Berian, the indoor 800-meter world champion. Nike alleged that the 23-year-old violated his endorsement deal with Nike when he agreed to a sponsorship with New Balance. Nike had the right to match any competing offers, […]


Canadian Leads IOC Consensus Statement on Abuse in Sports

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By Paige Backman on July 21, 2016

Dr. Margo Mountjoy, one of Canada’s highest ranking international sports representatives, with an impressive resume that includes being a member of the IOC Medical Commission Games Group, WADA Health Medicine and Research Committee Group, FINA Bureau and the Chairman of ASOIF Medical Consultative Group, has recently led a group of world leaders in sports in […]


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