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Trade Association Alert: Competition Bureau’s “Anti-Cartel Day” Focuses on Trade Associations

The Competition Bureau has shown a reinvigorated interest in trade associations ever since Commissioner John Pecman assumed office in June 2013. Indeed, Commissioner Pecman made it clear that trade associations were on his enforcement radar screen even while he still held the “Interim” title after former Commissioner Melanie Aitken stepped down in September 2012. Now,…

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Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review in Canada – Top 10 Issues for 2014

In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, the Davies Competition Law and Foreign Investment Group outlines the “Top 10″ key issues and trends to watch for this year. 1. A Green Light for Class Actions by Indirect Purchasers The Supreme Court of Canada issued an important…

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Alberta Man Sentenced to 2 ½ Years in Misleading Advertising, Breach of Court Order Case

When I deliver competition compliance seminars and talk to industry groups, I often discuss the fact that imprisonment is one possible criminal penalty under the Competition Act (though is, somewhat curiously, more commonly imposed for deceptive advertising than for price-fixing or other criminal competition law conduct). While that may soon change with the recent elimination…

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Antitrust & Associations: Recent New Zealand Case a Reminder that Voluntary Industry Associations are Not Price Regulators

A New Zealand association related case announced a few days ago is a recent reminder that voluntary industry associations are not price regulators (see: Commission issues warning over “no discounting” clause). While there can sometimes be a temptation for trade associations and their leadership to get involved in the competitive activities of their members, and…

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Proposed Amendment to Canada’s Competition Act to Prohibit “Unjustified” Cross-Border Price Discrimination

On February 11, 2014, the Canadian government included in its federal budget a proposed amendment to the Competition Act to prohibit unjustified price discrimination to reduce the gap between consumer prices in Canada and the United States. The Minister of Finance made clear that the Commissioner of Competition, the head of Canada’s Competition Bureau, would…