May 5, 2022

This Month in Nova Scotia Family Law – April 2022

Our NS Family Law team provides summaries of recent cases which have appeared in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

May 4, 2022

No Restarting the Limitations Clock in Balsom v. Rideout: Settlement...

In Balsom v. Rideout, 2022 NLCA 20, Cox & Palmer was successful in the appeal of a lower court decision which denied an application to dismiss the action for being commenced outside the limitation period. There were two broad issues: (1) whether an insurance adjuster’s communications were protected by settlement privilege, and (2) if not, […]

April 29, 2022

Sound Recording Copyright Vs. Musical Work Copyright

Subject to granting an assignment of copyright/license to a music publisher or record label, the author of the musical work (i.e. songwriter) will generally be the owner of the musical work copyright, while the performer of the song on the record and/or producer will generally be the owner of the sound recording copyright (referred to as the “maker” under the Copyright Act).

Secretly Recording Workplace Conversations Can Result in Termination

In recent years, there has been an increase in the prevalence of employees secretly recording conversations in the workplace. While it is not unlawful for a conversation to be recorded when only one person is aware that the recording is being taken, the undisclosed recording of conversations can raise privacy concerns. The recent decision of […]

Property Ownership Implications for Non-Residents: Nova Scotia Deed Transfer Tax,...

The Nova Scotia government introduced two tax measures impacting non-residents in the 2022-2023 provincial budget. Effective April 1, 2022, the Province is implementing the Nova Scotia Non-Resident Deed Transfer Tax (the “PDTT”) and Non-Resident Property Tax.

April 14, 2022

10 Questions for a Music Lawyer

A simple conversation with a lawyer who has experience in the music business can assist in flagging potential issues and provide useful information and guidance as you navigate through this complex and dynamic terrain, whether as an artist or industry professional (or both). 

Record Deals and Contract Tips: Part 2

This article focuses on some common provisions within recording agreements and tips to consider. Of course, this overview is only meant to scratch the surface as there are many more issues to consider in every deal. Furthermore, there is no “one size fits all” recording agreement, so artists should always contact an entertainment lawyer before signing anything.

Omicron Variant at the Forefront of COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Challenge

The recent arbitration decision of Toronto District School Board and CUPE, Local 4400 (Re: PR734 Vaccine Procedure) (the “Decision”) considers the reasonableness of the Toronto District School Board’s (the “TDSB”) COVID-19 vaccination policy while taking into consideration the Omicron variant. It also addresses the question of whether section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights […]

This Month in Nova Scotia Family Law – March 2022

Ward v Murphy, 2022 NSCA 20 Justices Carole A. Beaton, Elizabeth Van den Eynden and J. Edward Scanlan Issues: Application to Vary | Child Support Guidelines | Child Support | Parenting and Support Act Mr. Ward applied to reduce his child support payment. The trial judge applied ss. 18 and 19 of the Provincial Child […]

Reminder: New Requirements On All Corporations As Amendments Going Into...

As discussed in our previous article, Amendments Affecting All Newfoundland and Labrador Corporations, amendments to the Newfoundland and Labrador Corporations Act come into force on 1 April 2022. These amendments will affect and require action by all corporations incorporated in Newfoundland and Labrador, and have the potential for unexpected changes (particularly requirements for increased disclosure […]