Marketing, Advertising & Product Compliance

Miller Thomson is home to one of Canada’s leading legal practices in marketing, advertising and consumer product regulatory and compliance matters.  Our national practice group consists of dedicated and dynamic lawyers who are responsive to the needs of our clients and who provide practical advice.  We work with clients from inception through execution of advertising campaigns, marketing strategies, and new product launches.  Whether it is developing a complex social media promotion, substantiating a product performance claim (or challenging that of a competitor), or introducing a new product or brand into the Canadian market, our professionals can help you to find efficient and forward-thinking solutions to your legal challenges.

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2018

Miller Thomson earned a top Band 1 ranking for two practice areas in the 2018 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded for “its novel and innovative approach to complex matters arising within the charitable and non-profit market,”...

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Catherine Bate serves as lead editor of international guide on sweepstakes and contests

The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) recently released Sweepstakes & Contests: A Global Legal Perspective, which provides an overview of the laws governing sweepstakes and contests in over 50 international jurisdictions. Catherine Bate, Canadian GALA member and lead of Miller Thomson’s...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance has released two new video series on complying with advertising laws around the world.  Catherine Bate speaks with other leading advertising lawyers from around the world to present timely and important updates on critical advertising...

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Kelly Harris appointed Chair of CBA marketing practices committee

The committee, formed under the CBA’s Competition Law section, deals with with deceptive marketing provisions of the Competition Act, including misleading advertising, telemarketing and marketing practices.

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Catherine Bate featured in video series on global advertising

Catherine Bate, a partner in the Toronto office who practices marketing and advertising law, is featured in a newly released video series on complying with advertising laws around the world. Created by the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (“GALA”), the series...

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Kelly Harris promoted vice chair of CBA marketing committee

Kelly Harris, an Associate in Miller Thomson’s Marketing, Advertising and Regulatory group, was promoted to Vice-Chair, of the Canadian Bar Association’s Marketing Practices Committee. The committee is formed under its Competition Law Section.

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Jennifer Bishop appointed to International Bar Association committee

Jennifer Bishop, a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson’s Business Law Group and Chair of the firm’s National Marketing, Advertising and Regulatory Group, has been appointed to the Women Lawyers’ Interest (WIG) Group of the International Bar Association....

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Jennifer Bishop contributes to Getting the Deal Through-Product Recall 2014

Miller Thomson congratulates Jennifer Bishop on the publication of her Canada Chapter, which appears in the newly released book Getting the Deal Through-Product Recall 2014. Special thanks to Barbara Prikrylova, student-at-law, for her invaluable assistance in the preparation of this article.

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Kelly Harris presents Compliance webinar

Kelly Harris speaks at the Canadian Bar Association webinar on “Compliance in a Digital World: The Changing Role of In-House Counsel”. As digital technologies and capabilities continue to evolve at a fast pace, the role of in-house counsel is also...

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Kelly Harris speaks on Advertising and Marketing Law

Kelly Harris presents at the Canadian Institute’s 24th Annual Advertising & Marketing Law conference, on the topic of “The Highs and Lows of Advertising Marijuana Products…A Spotlight on Cannabis”.  

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Catherine Bate chairs advertising and marketing law seminar

Catherine Bate is the program chair for the Ontario Bar Association’s course on Advertising and Marketing Law: Social, Digital, Online Compliance.

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Catherine Bate speaks at ANA Advertising Law and Public Policy conference

Catherine Bate speaks on “A Global Perspective”, whether preparing a multinational program, or simply considering potential regulation at home, it is important to be armed with an understanding of global trends.

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Catherine Bate speaks on advertising law

Catherine Bate presents “Global Advertising Law: Year in Review” at the Practising Law Institute seminar.

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David Schnurr presents trademark and advertising law seminar

David Schnurr presents a seminar on new developments in trademark and advertising law at the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

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Imran Ahmad co-chairs CBA teleconference

Imran Ahmad is a Co-Chair of “Criminal Deceptive Marketing Practices:  What You Ought to Know”, a teleconference presented by the CBA Competition Law Section’s Mergers Committee and the International Committee. The Competition Act contains two adjudicative regimes to address deceptive...

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Catherine Bate and Kelly Harris speaks on Advertising and Marketing Law

Catherine Bate and Kelly Harris presents at the Canadian Institute’s 23rd Annual Advertising & Marketing Law seminar. Kelly will present on Sponsorship, Ambush Marketing and Cause Marketing on January 23, and Cathy presents on Best Practices for Lawyers on January...

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Catherine Bate speaks at advertising law seminar

Catherine Bate speaks at the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (“GALA”) international law seminar.

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Catherine Bate moderates session at Marketing Law Conference

The topic of the session is “Regulatory Tightening of Consumer Relationship Marketing in Europe and North America”. Miller Thomson is pleased to provide our clients with a discount code to receive the best rates available. Please register at the link below and input code: SPONSHARE

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Advertising Law and the Digital Economy

The Marketing, Advertising and Product Compliance Group hosts an informative morning program designed to help advertising industry professionals keep up with the changing demands of digital and social when developing compliant marketing and advertising initiatives.   Group leader Catherine Bate will...

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Marketing & Advertising Seminar – Toronto

Catherine Bate, Kelly Harris, Catherine Dennis Brooks and Janet Feasby of Advertising Standards Canada present A One-Stop Marketing & Advertising Law Workshop. Regulatory enforcement with respect to various marketing practices is on the rise. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and holding...

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Marketing & Advertising Seminar – Vancouver

A One-Stop Marketing & Advertising Law Workshop Regulatory enforcement with respect to various marketing practices is on the rise. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and holding companies accountable, too. For the sake of both your bottom line and brand reputation,...

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Marketing and Advertising Seminar – Waterloo

A One-Stop Marketing & Advertising Law Workshop Regulatory enforcement with respect to various marketing practices is on the rise. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and holding companies accountable, too. For the sake of both your bottom line and brand reputation,...

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Hot Topics in Advertising Law in the United States and Canada

Miller Thomson and the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) host a program on important advertising issues to consider when advertising in the United States and Canada. The program covers key areas of regulatory enforcement, advertising in social media, sweepstakes and promotions,...

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Cannabis Legalized with Strict Advertising and Packaging Rules

Cannabis will be a legal product in Canada on October 17, 2018, albeit with rigorous regulatory restrictions, including highly restrictive packaging and advertising rules. This comes after significant dialogue between the House of Commons and the Senate, and almost three...

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Ad Standards Introduces New Influencer Disclosure Guidelines

On March 28, 2018, Ad Standards introduced new Disclosure Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). Developed with the cooperation of influencers and advertisers, the Guidelines are intended to provide suggested best practices for when, and how, to disclose any material connection between an...

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Ontario Amends Gift Card Regulation

On July 1, 2018, amendments to the general regulation under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (the “Ontario CPA”) will come into force.  The amendments carve out cards issued by federally regulated financial institutions (“FRFIs”) from the application of the Ontario...

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It’s Official: Mandatory Data Breach Notification Coming on November 1, 2018

Last week, the Government of Canada published an Order in Council that will bring into force, as of November 1, 2018, the much anticipated mandatory breach notification and record-keeping requirements under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”)....

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Hail Mary Pass to Supreme Court Missed Its Mark: Application to Stay CRTC Order Prohibiting Simultaneous Substitution during the Super Bowl Dismissed

Canadians watching “The Big Game” last night on U.S. network television were able to see the much-anticipated commercials from the American broadcast feed.  But, that outcome was not guaranteed, nor is it a certainty for future years. On January 24,...

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Potential ban on cosmetic animal testing in Canada: Bill S-214, Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Bill S-214 (“Bill”) proposes a prohibition on testing cosmetics on animals and selling cosmetics manufactured using cosmetic animal testing. Introduced by Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen back on December 10, 2015, the Bill would amend the Food and Drugs Act. It...

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Rewards Points Regulation in Ontario Coming Into Force January 1, 2018

Happy new year, indeed. As we first reported in a bulletin last year, Ontario is moving to ban the expiration of rewards points based on the passage of time, and implementing other controls and restrictions on rewards/loyalty programs in the...

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CASL Reprieve – Private Right of Action No Longer Imminent

By an Order in Council released June 7, 2017, the federal government has suspended the private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (or “CASL”). The provisions, which were to come into force on July 1, 2017, would have provided...

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Agriculture Law Netletter

LexisNexis, Issue 366

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Ontario will Ban the Expiration of Reward Points

On December 8, 2016, legislation to ban the expiration of reward points received Royal Assent in Ontario. While not yet proclaimed into force, Bill 47 –  Protecting Reward Points Act (the “Act”) – will amend Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002...

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Dorman Products completes cross-border acquisition of MAS Automotive Distribution

Canadian counsel to Dorman Products, Inc.

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Alltech acquires Masterfeeds, creating one of Canada’s largest animal nutrition offerings

Counsel to Ag Processing Inc. in its sale of shares of Masterfeeds Inc. to Alltech

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Marketing, Advertising & Product Compliance Communiqué

Read the latest issue of our new publication.

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