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HTMLThe Bellagio Gambles on “Use” Under Canadian Trade-mark Law and Loses
Paul W. Donovan; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2013, previously published on October 28, 2013
An administrative decision of the Trade-marks Opposition Board confirms that a trade-mark owner will not be able to prove use of a trade-mark in association with services unless the owner performs or is prepared to perform those services in Canada.


HTMLAlberta Liquor Licensees and Suppliers Beware
Roland Hung, Kara L. Smyth; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 29, 2013, previously published on October 25, 2013
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (“AGLC”) has recently increased enforcement to ensure that Liquor Agents, Liquor Suppliers and Liquor Licensees are complying with provisions respecting inducements. The industry should be aware that years of adopted practices and interpretations...


HTMLCalifornia Supreme Court Follows Concepcion But Allows Courts to Strike Down Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements
Robert R. Roginson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 29, 2013, previously published on October 25, 2013
Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, No. S174475, (October 17, 2013): As expected following the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the California Supreme Court struck down its own rule on arbitration agreements. In Sonic-Calabasas...


HTMLOntario Court Rules there is No “Material Change” Where the Franchisee Had Knowledge of Changes
Stefanie Holland; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 17, 2013, previously published on October 2013
In 1201059 Ontario Inc. and Pizza Pizza Limited, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressed the disclosure obligations of a franchisor in the context of the renewal of a franchise agreement when the franchisee is required to incur substantial renovation costs to its business premises. In this...


HTMLRecent Decisions Enforcing Arbitration Provisions
Angela L. Beblo, Brienne T. Marco, Sarah B. Smith; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2013, previously published on October 10, 2013
For banking executives and in-house counsel, arbitration can be a preferable alternative to litigation to avoid costly trials and home-town advantages. In this article, we highlight four recent court decisions that affect the way arbitration clauses are enforced. In June, the West Virginia Supreme...


HTMLNinth Circuit Holds that a Properly Structured Voluntary Rental Program Offering Does Not Convert Hotel Condominium Units into Securities
Richard F. Davis; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2013, previously published on September 27, 2013
In a case involving the offering of 450 condominium hotel units and a rental program at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals found in favor of the sponsor and upheld the real estate purchase and sale agreements as just that, a real estate contract...


HTMLNetherland Antilles Employee Allowed to Continue Gender Bias Suit against Employer's U. S. Sister Company
Celia M. Joseph; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2013, previously published on September 20, 2013
In a case that will certainly be of interest to multi-national companies with subsidiaries and affiliates in numerous countries, a New York Federal Court recently allowed a U.S. company to be sued by an employee of its sister affiliate in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. On August 7, 2013, in...


HTMLSixth Circuit Affirms 'Dirtiest Hotel' Defamation Ruling
Jeffrey D. Neuburger; Proskauer Rose LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2013, previously published on September 23, 2013
We previously wrote about a Tennessee district court’s decision holding that a hotel’s inclusion at the top of the 2011 TripAdvisor “Dirtiest Hotels” list constituted hyperbolic opinion and rhetorical exaggeration, and thus was not actionable under Tennessee defamation law....


Adobe PDFHow Immigration Reform Can Attract Increased Tourism Revenue
Anton F. Mertens, Anna L. Scully; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2013, previously published on September 12, 2012
The U.S. immigration system often is not conducive to short visits for tourism, making the U.S. a less than attractive vacation destination for international travelers. The State Department, which administers the processes for getting visitor access to the U.S., must balance concern for national...


HTMLFast Food Strikes Spread Across the Nation
Joshua J. Sudbury, Scott V. Wagner; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 3, 2013, previously published on August 2013
Executive Summary: Recently, unions and union-backed workers' centers have set their sights on employers in the restaurant industry, particularly those operating fast-food establishments. While the groups have touted higher wages and better benefits as the reason for their crusade, another...


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