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Court Finds that Franchisee Took Commercially Reasonable Steps to Dissociate from Franchisor

  • February 20, 2021
  • Steven Goldman and Alana Spira

When the franchise relationship comes to an end, ensuring dissociation from the franchisor while continuing on with business can present challenges. In this case the Court dealt with a dispute as to whether there had been dissociation per the parties' agreement, and provides guidance on what constitutes commercially reasonable efforts.

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Penalty Clauses and Liquidated Damages Provisions in Franchise Agreements

  • January 26, 2021
  • Adrienne Boudreau and Jason Brisebois, Sotos LLP

Penalty and liquidated damages clauses may seem like an attractive option in the contractual legal toolkit for franchise agreements. However, there are potential drawbacks and drafting considerations to keep in mind. This article provides an overview of these clauses, their benefits, and thoughts on their utility in the franchise context.

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Welcome from the Chair

  • November 16, 2020
  • David Shaw, Chair OBA Franchise Section

A note of welcome from our Section Chair, David Shaw, highlighting the group's activities and upcoming programs for this year.

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A Deeper Dive on the New Wishart Act Amendments

  • October 19, 2020
  • Dominic Mochrie, partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, and Christine Jackson, associate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Long-awaited amendments to Ontario's Arthur Wishart Act have now come into force. This article highlights the new amendments and provides insight into their interpretation and potential impact.

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When is a Notice of Rescission a Notice of Rescission?

  • July 30, 2020
  • Rory McGovern and Daniel Freiheit

In 2352392 Ontario Inc. v. Msi, the Ontario Court of Appeal delivered a significant decision that will impact the application of Section 6(3) of the Arthur Wishart Act. The decision, technically read, allows court pleadings to constitute a valid notice of rescission under the Act.  However, the principles applied by the Court of Appeal shed light, more broadly, on a new level for how the Act will be interpreted in favor of franchisees.

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Fit for Rescission?

  • May 13, 2020
  • Jennifer Pocock, Sakshi Pachisia, and David Kornhauser

In Raibex the Ontario Court of Appeal narrowed the availability of rescission for franchisees, stating that the availability of rescission under s. 6(2) of the Arthur Wishart Act was dependent on whether the franchisee was effectively deprived of the opportunity to make an “informed investment decision”. The recent decision of 2483038 Ontario Inc. v. 2082100 Ontario Inc. provided clarification on this issue and on who might constitute a franchisor’s associate pursuant to the Act.   

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Cutting off Franchisee's Supplies Leads to Award of Punitive Damages

  • March 10, 2020
  • Jonathan Messiano-Crookston and Alana Spira

In 0923063 B.C. Ltd. v. JM Food Services Ltd., 2019 BCSC 553, the court held that cutting franchisee's supplies off is breach of contract and of the duty to perform in good faith warranting punitive damages. This case update reports on the court's decision and analysis.

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Franchising in Canada - 2019 Year in Review

  • February 18, 2020
  • John Clifford, W. Brad Hanna, Adriana Rudensky, Mitch Koczerginski, Andae Marrocco and Paola Ramirez

In this update we highlight key judicial decisions and legislative developments in 2019 affecting the landscape of franchise law in Canada.

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Updates to the Arthur Wishart Act Anticipated Following Public Consultation

  • December 09, 2019
  • Clark Harrop, partner at Dale & Lessmann LLP

Coming on the heels of the OBA Franchise Section's November 19, 2019 dinner program "If I Could Revise the Franchise Laws in Canada", the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services recently completed a public consultation process for proposed changes to the regulations under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, SO 2000, c 3 (the “AWA”). This article reviews some important anticipated changes.

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