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Julia Taylor Rejoins Dentons as Real Estate Partner in Kansas City
Dentons, the global law firm, today announced that Julia Taylor has rejoined the Firm as a partner in the Real Estate practice. In her role, Taylor will clients on a broad range of real estate matters including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development, multifamily, construction and financing of retail, office and industrial properties.
Bar Association President Laura Gibson joins Dentons to head Houston Labor and Employment team
The global law firm Dentons today named Houston Bar Association (HBA) president Laura Gibson as partner in the Firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.
Launch of the South African Marine Research and Exploration Forum
On 29 January 2016, the Department of Science and Technology and the Offshore Petroleum Association of South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding in terms of which the South African Marine Research and Exploration Forum (SAMREF) was established.
Policing Your Trademark — How Far Is Far Enough?
Trademark owners and practitioners must tread a fine line between overly aggressive “bullying” and lax enforcement efforts that may result in consumer confusion, lost profits and goodwill, and claims of abandonment.
TSX and TSXV join regulators in accommodating rights offerings
The rights offering exemption has historically been an underutilized means of raising capital for public issuers. This exemption from the requirement to file a prospectus allows issuers a method of financing whereby existing security holders of the issuer are given the opportunity to acquire additional securities at a discount from the market price.
Starting your career as a student at Dentons exposes you to a world of experience and opportunities
With 125+ locations in 50+ countries, Dentons is home to top-tier talent that is found at the intersection of geography, industry knowledge and substantive legal experience. Working with Dentons, you will have the opportunity to learn from the best lawyers in the industry at the largest law firm in the world.
Global franchising partners contribute to award-winning book
Dentons' global franchising team have contributed to 'The Franchise Book' (Aranzadi /Thomson Reuters), a newly published book providing a multidisciplinary study of franchising as a business model of the century, while offering the reader an account of the experiences of some of the most important franchises.
Dentons US Chief Innovation Officer joins the Economic Innovation Group's Policy Council
The global law firm Dentons announced today that John Fernandez, US Chief Innovation Officer and Global Chair of NextLaw Labs, joined the Economic Innovation Group’s (EIG) newly created Policy Council, an external advisory group comprised of leading experts and practitioners for the think tank based in Washington, DC.
Dentons ranked in the top 100 by Stonewall in their Top 100 Employers 2016
Dentons is pleased to announce that the Firm has been ranked 97 in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016, which ranks employers that are the highest performing organisations in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index 2016.
Canada's new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) was enacted in December 2010. A part of Canada's Strategy for the Digital Economy, the Act is intended to promote e-commerce by deterring spam, identity theft, phishing, spyware, viruses, and botnets, as well as misleading commercial representations online. The Act creates new offences, enforcement mechanisms and penalties to address these online threats. CASL’s email and communications provisions entered into force on July 1 2014.
Canada is the last of the G-8 countries to introduce an over-arching legislative framework to address spam, which continues to represent approximately 80% of all global e-mail traffic.
Canada has distinguished itself, however, in making its legislation tough. The Act's consent standards are higher than those in the U.S. CAN-SPAM legislation. Moreover, the Act's significant penalties have led some to nickname it "Canada's $10 million anti-spam law".
The Act applies to "electronic messages" and "electronic addresses" applying broadly to any means of telecommunication, including text, sound, voice, or image, via e-mail, instant messaging, telephone or "any similar account", which could include social media postings. The Act also applies to the “installation of computer programs”. These latter provisions enter into force on January 15, 2015.
The Act has considerable extra-territorial reach. Its anti-spam provisions apply to messages where "a computer system located in Canada is used to send or access" the electronic message – catching emails sent, for example, in the United States, but received in Canada.
Because of the above reach outside of Canada, and because the Act goes further than similar legislation in other countries, CASL effectively raises the bar for online communications that may flow into Canada.
This new legislation will affect how companies do business online in Canada. Proactive businesses can use the lead time prior to the Act's entry into force as a transition period to prepare for compliance. For example:
Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) is a new regime, with significant administrative monetary penalties (maximum CA$10 million), and is broader in scope than the anti-spam laws of the US and other countries. In addition to prohibiting “spam”, CASL generally prohibits installing an app, widget, software or other executable data on a computer system (including a computer or device) in the course of a commercial activity unless the program is installed with consent and complies with disclosure requirements. These CASL provisions will come into force on January 15, 2015. Read more
The CASL regime is aimed at unsolicited commercial electronic messages (CEMs). It also includes provisions addressing the installation of computer programs, and unfair or deceptive online practices. As it is based on opt-in consent to send CEMs, CASL effectively raises the bar for organizations that have long communicated with customers and other organizations on an opt-out basis. Since CASL is a new regime, contains a private right of action and significant administrative monetary penalties (maximum $10 million), and is broader in scope than the anti-spam laws of the US and other countries, many organizations within and outside Canada have been monitoring its status closely. Some have already begun to take steps and adopt practices intended to allow them to comply with the Act. Read more
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