Law Firm’s Administration Fees Disallowed in Great North Data Ltd....

Background This was an application by Benson Buffett (“BB”), legal counsel to PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PWC”) in its capacity as receiver of Great North Data Ltd. (“GND”), a failed cryptocurrency hosting company formerly based in Labrador City. Section 18 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules, C.R.C, c. 368, says that “[a]ll bills of costs for legal […]

December 17, 2020

Risk Management Counsel of Canada’s Guide to Litigation in Canada

Cox & Palmer is a proud member of the Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC), a national association of independent law firms offering a comprehensive range of legal services to the insurance industry, risk retention groups and self-insureds. Below is RMC’s 2020 informational Guide to Litigation in Canada which encompasses litigation process details in provinces […]

An “Adequate” Makeover? Canadian Privacy Law gets a 21st Century Upgrade

On November 17, 2020, the federal government introduced Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 (DCIA), which, if passed, will significantly reshape the Canadian privacy landscape. Organizations handling personal information must consider how the CPPA could impact their operations and take steps to implement the necessary data protection procedures to meet their obligations under the new law. 

Defence of Slip, Trip and Fall Liability Claims 101

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, a panel of Cox & Palmer insurance lawyers from across the region presented our Defence of Slip, Trip and Fall Liability Claims 101, which covered a review of the fundamentals of the law, including evidentiary basics, standards, approaches and strategies associated with the defence of slip, trip and fall liability […]

November 19, 2020

New Brunswick Court of Appeal Rules on Child Support Obligations...

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal’s decision in ASL v LSL, 2020 NBCA 15, reaffirmed the high standard on judges determining child support obligations for parents with equal amounts of parenting time. Background In ASL, the parties had a separation agreement, signed shortly after their separation, which provided the parents with roughly equal parenting time […]

Getting it Right on Human Rights

Regardless of size or sector, unionized or non-unionized, all provincially regulated employers in Newfoundland and Labrador are required to abide by the Human Rights Act, 2010 (the “Act”). It should also be noted, however, that if your business also operates outside of NL, you are required to abide by the human rights legislation in that […]

Required to Register as a Lobbyist? Another 2020 Surprise for...

2020 has been marked by a series of significant public health and economic actions by both the federal and provincial governments in Canada in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In developing these policies, governments engaged and continue to engage with business groups, unions, social groups, and non-governmental agencies in Canada. They have received and continue to receive solicited and unsolicited representations from the public, including businesses, as the policies and programs evolve.

November 9, 2020

Family Law and Taxes

The area of law where family and taxes cross paths can be difficult to navigate. This article will outline the most relevant income tax issues facing couples who are separating or people considering separation. Child Related Tax Issues The Canada Child Benefit This is a tax-free benefit paid to parents monthly, available to both separated […]

Virtual Court Should Remain a Tool to Benefit Litigants

“Virtual court”, or remote hearings by telephone, video, and communication platforms may have been adopted in response to crisis, but the merits of such technology could open the door to more cost-effective and timely access to justice in the post-pandemic future. 

A Word of Caution for Employers: When Terminating Employees Say...

What do employment contracts and termination letters have in common? They both have the potential to end, or at least limit, an employer’s liability in the event of a termination. However, to be effective, they must be properly drafted. A termination letter that fails to assert just cause for termination, and specify the reasons for […]