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Teri Monti, counsel and director of employee relations at the Royal Bank of Canada, speaks at a session on crisis management at the ACC annual meeting.
Teri Monti, counsel and director of employee relations at the Royal Bank of Canada, speaks at a session on crisis management at the ACC annual meeting.
There weren’t many places the 2,500 people attending the Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual meeting could go without running into a Canadian lawyer or symbol last week. With a strong presence among speakers, delegates, and sponsors, Canadian legal departments and law firms were set to join the discussion dominated by talk about billing arrangements, social media, ethics, and project management.


b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2010_October_one-click.jpg In a trend-setting decision for patenting business methods in Canada, the Federal Court has ruled Inc. should be able to patent its one-click order process.


D&O programs facing higher risk profiles

Written by Posted Date: October 18th, 2010

Jordan Solway
Jordan Solway
The financial crisis has increased personal liability risk for directors and officers, particularly if their companies are affected by insolvency or fraud, according to insurance and legal experts.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2010_October_hbc_logo.jpgThe Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday in favour of Hudson’s Bay Co., saying it did not have to transfer a portion of the defined-benefit pension plan surplus with the employees when it sold one of its divisions to another company. HBC was also allowed to charge administration expenses into the plan. 


Multi-jurisdictions challenge in-house teams

Written by Posted Date: October 1st, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2010_October_wolfvonkumberg.jpgCompanies operating in multiple jurisdictions face a multitude of legal challenges, which in-house counsel teams both in Canada and abroad must be able to address properly, say general counsel who attended an international conference in Toronto last week.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2010_September_richardcharney.jpgStudies have shown the costs to Canadian businesses of employees' abuse of alcohol and drugs while on the job. Ogilvy Renault LLP partner Richard Charney offers some guidance to in-house counsel looking to manage the problem.

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Canadian suppliers worried about ‘redundant’ U.S. act

Written by Posted Date: September 27th, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2010_September_trade-containers.jpgCanadian manufacturers that export to the United States are bracing for possible changes to U.S. legislation that will mean redundant legal hassles and costs, say business representatives, lawyers, and Canadian officials.

EU court denies privilege protection to in-house lawyers

Written by Posted Date: September 14th, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2010_September_eu_court_of_justice.jpgThe European Union’s highest court has ruled in-house lawyers cannot use solicitor-client privilege in communications that come under investigation by EU’s competition watchdog.

New Ontario pension rules to affect work of legal teams

Written by Posted Date: September 13th, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2010_September_mitchfrazer.jpgAs Ontario’s puts forward a second wave of pension reforms, tougher regulations on pension funding will have implications for the work of in-house legal teams as they review agreements and ensure compliance.

IFRS deadline turns on heat for companies

Written by Posted Date: September 7th, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_September_accounting.jpgWith only four months left for Canadian publicly listed companies to fully convert to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), about half will have to rush to meet the deadline, says a recent study. And the race to the Jan. 1, 2011 conversion will also involve a lot of input and changes from the companies’ lawyers.

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