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At-a-Glance Issue 60: Canadian government suspends implementation of private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

At-a-Glance is a monthly round-up of the latest news in employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, privacy, and other issues in executive risk.

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Some businesses have breathed a sigh of relief as the imminent threat of private lawsuits under CASL has been suspended. Originally scheduled to come into force on 1 July 2017, the private right of action would have enabled persons who have allegedly suffered harm due to a CASL violation to bring a lawsuit claiming damages.

Back issues

Issue 59: Converting an individual action to a class proceeding May 2017
Issue 58: Individual fined $15,000 for violating Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation April 2017
Issue 57: Settlement reached in Manulife class action February 2017
Issue 56: Oppression in the context of a closely held corporation January 2017
Issue 55: Not-for-profit organization improperly characterizes employees as independent contractors November 2016
Issue 54: Employees may be entitled to damages in lieu of bonus on termination October 2016
Issue 53: Employees may be entitled to damages in lieu of bonus on termination September 2016
Issue 52: Independent contractor class-action lawsuit is first of its kind in Canada August 2016
Issue 51: Cyber breach related derivative lawsuit against target board dismissed July 2016
Issue 50: Alberta regulator reminds directors and officers of statutory responsibilities when ceasing operations May 2016
Issue 49: SCC to hear appeal of corporate directors found liable in oppression remedy lawsuit April 2016
Issue 48: At-a-Glance Issue 48: Settlement reached in Baja mining class action March 2016
Issue 47: Agreement reached on draft text of new EU data privacy laws February 2016
Issue 46: Longest jail sentence to date for criminal negligence issued under Bill C-45 Criminal Code amendments January 2016
Issue 45: Ontario's Sexual Violence and Harassment Plan establishes new duties for employers November 2015
Issue 44: Yates memorandum could impact Canadian companies with ties to U.S. October 2015
Issue 43: New Québec Code of Civil Procedure introduces changes to the class-action regime September 2015
Issue 42: Ontario releases details about New Ontario Retirement Pension Plan August 2015
Issue 41: CRTC targets companies for partial non-compliance with CASL July 2015
Issue 40: Unsuccessful class-action defendants could see costs relief in test cases or matters of public interest June 2015
Issue 39: Environmental regulators make increased use of monetary penalties May 2015
Issue 38: Supreme Court upholds higher threshold for secondary market class action certification April 2015
Issue 37: Supreme Court provides guidance on administrative suspensions and constructive dismissal March 2015
Issue 36: Directors jailed for health and safety offence February 2015
Issue 35: Employee recruitment leads to increased notice period upon termination December 2014