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Monday, 08 December 2014 09:00

Careful planning needed to fire the CEO

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgOne of the greatest challenges in the life of an in-house counsel is to successfully navigate the multiple conflicts and other challenges raised by succession of the chief executive officer. We have all seen, on the one hand, stocks dramatically plummet, and companies and reputations utterly destroyed when handled poorly, and on the other hand companies strengthened when properly executed.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

Anti-SLAPP legislation reintroduced in Ontario

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‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
The province of Ontario is trying once again to introduce legislation to stop litigation brought to stifle opposition to issues of public interest.
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:15

The in-house whisperer

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Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay may have started a trend a year ago when she left DuPont as general counsel to return to a Bay Street law firm. Since then a number of in-house lawyers have returned to private practice in a variety of client development roles, but in McKay’s case she is McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s point person in what has become a battle ground for business.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Five months ago, Second Cup’s general counsel Dan Caldarone was faced with an opportunity. Should he stay with the company following a significant restructuring, or go out on his own? He wanted to do both, so together with executive leadership he found a way to make it happen.
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

Bitter battle brewing over coffee cup format

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Davit Akman says there may be questions about whether statements made by Club Coffee amount to defamation.
Davit Akman says there may be questions about whether statements made by Club Coffee amount to defamation.
In a move some competition lawyers say is “odd,” Club Coffee has filed a formal complaint with the Competition Bureau of Canada asking for an investigation of coffee company Keurig Green Mountain alleging it has created a monopoly and driven up prices in the K-cup format of single hot beverages.
Some scholars say anti-corruption laws in Canada and the United States are too transaction focused and fail to look at the system as a whole.
Brazil has introduced many laws to combat anti-corruption but without much effect, notes Mariana Prado.
Brazil has introduced many laws to combat anti-corruption but without much effect, notes Mariana Prado.
Friday, 31 October 2014 09:53

Should compliance be separate from legal?

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David Allgood says he’s never had compliance under his umbrella at RBC.
David Allgood says he’s never had compliance under his umbrella at RBC.
NEW ORLEANS — Should the legal and compliance functions in an organization be divided? As compliance and regulatory matters become more complex it is a question more general counsel are mulling over.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs_2014.jpgLawyers leave private practice and go in-house for many reasons.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Data breach disclosure law could bring fines

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Chantal Bernier says bill S-4, which would make data breach notification necessary and introduce fines ‘has it right.’
Chantal Bernier says bill S-4, which would make data breach notification necessary and introduce fines ‘has it right.’
Fines are an established punishment for data breaches south of the border and they could soon be coming to Canada.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Even the most ethical sometimes cheat a little

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‘When you are acting for a corporation, the organization is the client — not the shareholders, officers, or employees,’ says Edgar Schidt.
‘When you are acting for a corporation, the organization is the client — not the shareholders, officers, or employees,’ says Edgar Schidt.
“There is a little bit of larceny in all of us.”
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