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A Mediator’s Take on the U.S. Stalemate

Toronto Star – Toronto, Ont. Author: Nicki Thomas Date: Jul 28, 2011 Democrats and Republicans are dead locked over how to raise the country’s $14.3 trillion (U.S.) debt ceiling before an Aug. 2 deadline. With both sides at an impasse, the Toronto Star asked Allan Stitt, a Toronto-based mediator and arbitrator who lectures on conflict […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Saves Both Time and Budgets

A recent legal seminar in Toronto provided owners and contractors, as well as the legal profession with some practical alternatives to costly, time-consuming and possibly business relationship-destroying litigation in construction project disputes. With more complex construction and the compilation of claims and counterclaims a project can be completed and several years elapsed before the issue […]

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Recent Ruling Clarifies Time Limits For Going After Unpaid HST

By Rob Lamberti AdvocateDaily.com Toronto litigator and commercial arbitrator Marvin Huberman says a recent sales tax ruling in one of his cases establishes time limitations for launching an action for unpaid remittances. He tells AdvocateDaily.com the ruling in his successful case clarified two significant points in law: under the Excise Tax Act, there are no time limitations in a s. 224 suit […]

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Investors vs. The State

By Doug Beazley nationalmagazine.ca winter 2015-2016 Should trade deals like the TPP give foreign investors their own justice system to settle claims against states? Many say no – but can anyone agree on what should replace it? It’s a system that has evolved to respond to the legal challenges inherent to the global trade environment. […]

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New Investment Rules Offer Opportunities

By Judy van Rhijn | Publication Date: Monday, 19 April 2010 | Law Times Key investment, banking, and securities organizations are realigning their internal procedures to satisfy new complaint-handling rules designed to give investors and customers access to straightforward and expeditious dispute resolution. Likewise, service providers are offering revamped programs and considering higher award limits […]

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Changes to Ontario’s Franchise Legislation

by Frank Zaid Article originally published on February 13, 2017 in the Canadian Business Franchise Magazine Q: What changes have been made recently to Ontario’s franchise legislation and what further changes are expected in the future? A: Ontario’s franchise legislation, the Arthur Wishart (Franchise Disclosure, 2000) Act, was recently amended to allow for the electronic […]

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Q&A With Frank Zaid: Mistakes to Avoid in Franchising

By Frank Zaid www.franchiseinfo.ca November 6th, 2017 Q: What common mistakes do you see in franchising and how can they be avoided? A: I have been involved in franchising in many capacities for nearly 45 years, as a lawyer, a mediator, an ombudsman, an arbitrator, an expert witness, an investor and a member of franchisors’ […]

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Q&A with Frank Zaid: Issues Regarding Intellectual Property

By Frank Zaid www.franchiseinfo.ca April 18, 2017 Q: What issues are being raised in today’s Canadian franchise agreements and disclosure documents with regard to intellectual property? Historically, the term ‘intellectual property’ referred to statutory patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyrights. With the fast-changing world of the Internet and social media, however, the term has become […]

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Expedited Arbitration

ADR Chambers announces the launch of the brand new Expedited Arbitration Rules. Expedited Arbitrations are fast and cheap.  And there’s no wiggle room. There’s a fixed fee so parties know exactly what they’re paying.  The fee is $7,500 per party for everything including the arbitrator’s fees, the room rental fees and the administration fees (including […]

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Kitchener to use Toronto firm for integrity commissioner services

By Catherine Thompson therecord.com June 13, 2016 KITCHENER — Kitchener will pay a Toronto firm $250 an hour to advise councillors on the municipal Code of Conduct. Councillors voted Monday to appoint ADR Chambers, a dispute resolution firm, to provide integrity commissioner services for the next three years, replacing London, Ont., lawyer Greg Levine, who […]

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