Canadian companies who paid little heed to anti-bribery compliance can no longer afford to be complacent following proposed amendments that will beef up Canada’s anti-corruption laws and bring it somewhat in line with jurisdictions such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Continue reading
On an unusually warm and foggy Saturday evening this past December the $1.7-million home of Dany Perras was set ablaze, the third time in the space of a year an act of vandalism targeted the former Montreal lawyer. Perras, who resigned abruptly from the roll in October 2011, is under investigation by the Quebec Bar for allegedly orchestrated a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme through his lawyers’ trust account. It’s been more than 16 months since the scandal that shook the Montreal legal community erupted, and the fallout is still being felt. Successfully petitioned into bankruptcy, Perras is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe and a host of legal proceedings – many of which are under court seal — launched by more than a dozen creditors seeking an amount surpassing $6 million. Continue reading
New anti-money laundering regulations introduced to demonstrate Canada’s tough stance on dirty money to international authorities will require reporting entities to spend more money, resources, and time to be in compliance, according to experts. Continue reading
Days before the former head of Canada’s largest engineering firm was formally charged with fraud, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. won a key legal battle against the provincial securities regulator. Continue reading
The use of contempt of court in civil proceedings will likely diminish over time as judges begin to exercise discretionary powers to redress abuse of process under legislation originally designed to thwart SLAPPs, or strategic lawsuits against public participation, observed the Quebec Court of Appeal. Continue reading
The lead counsel of a commission of inquiry into allegations of corruption in Quebec’s construction industry inadvertently found himself in the spotlight over a thorny legal question surrounding the immunity of witnesses who testify before the inquiry.
Sylvain Lussier, lead Commission counsel of the Charbonneau Commission, said early this week that the sworn testimony of witnesses who testify during commissions of inquiry cannot be used against them in criminal proceedings. But the same may not hold true for civil proceedings.
He then backtracked after his team ostensibly examined the jurisprudence, and asserted that witnesses are protected from civil suits.
Except that Lussier said nothing new. Continue reading