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Monday, 21 April 2014 08:00

Corporate governance and the role of the GC

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgRegular readers will know well the challenges facing today’s general counsel. After all, much has been written about them and, more significantly, you live them each day.
If your O-rings are made of Viton, they can’t be exported to Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock)
If your O-rings are made of Viton, they can’t be exported to Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock)
An Alberta oilfield equipment company has been fined $90,000 for attempting to send a shipment of parts to Iran and violating federally imposed sanctions against that country. It is the first Canadian company to be sanctioned for exports to Iran.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgDiscussions about how to prepare for global warming are proliferating, driven by a perceived increase in natural disasters such as recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires in the United States, flooding in Europe, drought in Africa and parts of Asia, measured increases in temperature, animal and plant extinction, glacial melting, and ocean acidification. But are these discussions affecting in-house counsel and the way in which they prepare, plan, and implement?
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:00

It’s game on in bet-the-company litigation

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The litigation panel: ( l to r)  Colin Campbell, Marguerite Ethier, of Lenczner Slaght (moderator), Gregory MacKenzie, of  407 ETR and Tom Curry of Lenczner Slaght.
The litigation panel: ( l to r) Colin Campbell, Marguerite Ethier, of Lenczner Slaght (moderator), Gregory MacKenzie, of 407 ETR and Tom Curry of Lenczner Slaght.
When it comes to high-stakes litigation in-house counsel play a critical role in the outcome but experts say they need to know the important steps in the battle plan.
In the BYOD era, time to review and develop new controls around use of company data on mobile devices. Photo: Twin Design/Shutterstock
In the BYOD era, time to review and develop new controls around use of company data on mobile devices. Photo: Twin Design/Shutterstock
When was the last time your organization reviewed its “acceptable use” policy for technology devices?
For now, the sanctions against Russia don’t represent a major barrier to doing business but they could escalate. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
For now, the sanctions against Russia don’t represent a major barrier to doing business but they could escalate. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
Canadian companies with new and existing operations in Russia face a heightened level of business risk and need for greater due diligence following recent sanctions imposed by Ottawa, say lawyers.
There are 500 companies facing AODA compliance orders from the province of Ontario. (Photo: Shutterstock)
There are 500 companies facing AODA compliance orders from the province of Ontario. (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Ontario government is cracking down on companies that haven’t complied with requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgNon-disclosure agreements typically provide that the recipient will use the same steps to protect the discloser’s confidential information as the recipient uses to protect its own confidential information of a like nature, and in any event no less than a “reasonable standard of care.”
Kristine Robidoux says she expects the court will take a general deterrence approach in sentencing Nazir Karigar.
Kristine Robidoux says she expects the court will take a general deterrence approach in sentencing Nazir Karigar.
When Nazir Karigar is sentenced the first week of April for conspiring to bribe a foreign public official, contrary to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, it is likely the court will be looking to send a strong message, say legal observers.
Alberta comes in third in the top-rated jurisdictions for mining in the world, according to the Fraser Institute. (Photo: BG Smith/Shutterstock)
Alberta comes in third in the top-rated jurisdictions for mining in the world, according to the Fraser Institute. (Photo: BG Smith/Shutterstock)
Amid an increasingly competitive landscape, mining companies around the world are giving Quebec a lacklustre review with it comes to policies that appear to be making it a less desirable destination for exploration.
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