The Canadian government is being sued by a software developer over allegedly not paying a user fee for using intellectual property. The commercial litigation suit between the Ontario developer and the government stems from the allegation that Employment and Social Development Canada has been using the company's source code without a proper licence -- an allegation the government disputes. The company's management team says this supposed misuse was instrumental in the company not meeting its 2019 financial projections and contributed to layoffs and shareholder problems.
The owner of a well-known consulting firm is at odds with the government. The primary owner of Ontario-based Bronson Consulting is embroiled in a commercial litigation lawsuit with the federal government and has had his security clearance revoked as well as being at risk of not being able to vie for future contracts with the feds. He pins his current problems on disputing a contract last year that was awarded to another firm.
Business customers who have Telus as a service provider can't launch class actions against the company. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that business owners can't join commercial litigation lawsuits against Telus concerning its billing practices. Court judges ruled 4-3 that a judge in Ontario made an error allowing a business client of Telus to become part of a class action against the company.
Shareholders in Sears Canada were paid millions of dollars while the company was floundering in 2013. An insolvency monitor appointed by the court has found that those payments are accompanied by unresolved concerns. The findings could lead to major commercial litigation in Canada.
Getting into a legal battle can be incredibly hard on the pocketbook for a business owner. But those battles can also be quite lucrative and that's why some investors are choosing to fund litigation in hopes of sharing in the possible proceeds. Some business owners in Canada find it difficult to pay for expensive lawsuits, but there are some investors who will wager on commercial litigation cases like those regarding patents and trademarks or contract disputes and will step up to the plate to foot the bill.
Writing fan fiction has become a popular pastime for many fans. But when does doing so cross any legal lines? Taking an existing copyrighted piece of work and adding to it or changing it in any way could create an environment ripe for possible commercial litigation. There are laws in Canada governing such practices -- laws that protect those who create bodies of work from others either plagiarizing or stealing them.
Much of today's business marketing happens on the internet and so domain names have become an increasingly important factor in the branding, marketing and public relations of companies. Because the online industry is booming, there are now laws and regulations in Canada and the rest of the world dealing with issues such as domain names. In fact, there have been a significant amount of commercial litigation over who gets what name or who had the name first, etc.
The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled on whether directors of corporations can be held personally liable in oppression cases. The court ruled that they can be held liable.
The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued a ruling that forbade Google from displaying the websites from a company accused of counterfeiting a Canadian technology company’s product.