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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. IP Osgoode 2. Legal Feeds 3. Alcohol & Advocacy 4. First Reference 5. Know How

IP Osgoode
Enforcing Your Crypto Contracts and Avoiding Criminal Transactions

Every month, TorontoStarts hosts a Toronto Cryptocurrency Conference focusing on a different aspect of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. One of these events featured talks by Justin Hartzman (co-founder of CoinSmart, an online cryptocurrency exchange platform), Chetan Phull (founder of Smartblock Law), and Scot Johnson (founder of Digital Shovel, a guide…

Legal Feeds
Trademark’s reputation must be based on Canadian not foreign use, says FCA

The publisher of a daily newspaper in India lost his appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal last week when that court found that the appellant’s word mark lacked distinctiveness. The decision “affirms the test for distinctiveness when you’ve got two competing traders, and whether the second trader has negated the distinctiveness of the mark for the first trader,” says Tamara Ramsey, a civil litigator at Chitiz Pathak LLP in Toronto, who was counsel for the respondent in the case. …

Alcohol & Advocacy
BC Liquor Law: Serving after hours and drinking on the job

On November 26, 2018 the General Manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch released reasons for the decision in Re Oak & Carriage EH18-041. That decision can be read in full here. The Oak & Carriage is licensed as a liquor primary establishment in Duncan, BC and is operated by a third party. …

First Reference
Potential reprisal complaint on the horizon? Act fast!

When an employee is terminated in acrimonious circumstances, employers may get the sense that litigation is on the horizon (especially where the employee declares as much on their way out the door!). Given the usual delays before civil litigation is commenced, and the leisurely pace that civil litigation proceeds at, employers justifiably may not take steps to prepare for that expected litigation right away, figuring that is tomorrow’s problem (or, in this case, next year’s problem). …

Know How
Prohibited Pets and Where to Find Them – Researching Municipal By-laws

Can my neighbour keep ferrets as pets, and if so how many? This question about what animals are permitted as pets in the City of Toronto recently led us into the world of municipal by-law research. The City of Toronto website provides three great tools for this type of research: …

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