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Sixth Guilty Plea in Montreal Condo Development Bid Rigging Scheme

Posted in Cartels & Other Competition Criminal Matters, Competition Litigation
On October 27, 2017, Cardinal Ventilation Inc. was fined $375,000.00 after pleading guilty to one count of bid rigging related to three condominium development projects in Montreal. The contracts in question related to the supply and installation of ventilation and/or air conditioning systems in residential high-rise construction projects in the greater Montreal region. Cardinal Ventilation… Continue Reading

The Canadian Competition Tribunal’s Jurisdiction: Broader Than You May Think

Posted in Competition Compliance Programs, Competition Litigation
The Canadian Competition Tribunal recently dismissed a jurisdictional challenge by HarperCollins to the Commissioner of Competition’s application for an order prohibiting the implementation of an alleged agreement between HarperCollins and other e-book publishers.  The Commissioner’s application is under section 90.1 of the Competition Act (“non-criminal agreements between competitors”).  It alleges, broadly speaking, that in 2010, HarperCollins… Continue Reading

More penalties for digital “drip pricing”

Posted in Competition Litigation, Marketing & Advertising
Hertz and Dollar Thrifty agree to pay $1.25 million The Competition Bureau announced this week that Hertz and Dollar Thrifty have agreed to pay an administrative monetary penalty of $1.25 million and to implement compliance procedures to resolve the Bureau’s investigation of “drip pricing” by the companies.  “Drip pricing” refers to advertised prices that are… Continue Reading

CASL, the Competition Act and Class Actions:  A Primer for Forthcoming Private Enforcement

Posted in Competition Litigation, Marketing & Advertising
Now that 2017 has arrived, we are less than seven months away from private enforcement (particularly through class actions) for false or misleading electronic messages. CASL’s  amendments to the Competition Act sought to address deceptive marketing practices in the electronic marketplace. Three reviewable practices were created – all within section 74.011 of the Competition Act –… Continue Reading

The Competition Bureau, Criminal Conspiracies and Making History

Posted in Cartels & Other Competition Criminal Matters
The Competition Bureau Continues to Make History in its Enforcement of the Criminal Conspiracy Provisions of the Competition Act For the second time in as many months, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) has made an historic announcement about its efforts to enforce the criminal conspiracy provisions of the Competition Act (the “Act”). On July 20,… Continue Reading

Competition Bureau Issues “No Action” Letter Despite Likely Anti-Competitive Effects of Proposed Merger

Posted in Competition Litigation, Merger Notification & Review, Pricing and Distribution
Despite the fact that Canada’s Competition Bureau had concluded that the proposed acquisition of Canexus Corporation by Superior Plus Corp. would likely result in a substantial lessening of competition for the supply of various industrial chemical products in Canada, the Bureau issued a “no action” letter clearing the transaction under the Competition Act because of… Continue Reading