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Last month Judge Chin denied the proposed Google Books Settlement (the Amended Settlement Agreement, or ASA). While I’m pleased with the outcome, I’m troubled with some aspects of the opinion. Setting aside the issues of adequacy of representation, notice, privacy, and whether a class action...
I have posted a draft of a new working paper on SSRN. It is entitled, "Price Discrimination in Income Taxation: Defending Half-Hearted Anti-Avoidance" and is available for download now. Here is the abstract: Governments throughout the developed world worry incessantly about the implications of...
Magna Panel Discussion Thursday, March 3 4:00-6:00 p.m. The Faculty of law will be hosting a roundtable to discuss the collapse of Magna’s dual class share structure, one of the largest change-in-control transactions in Canadian history. Controlling shareholder Frank Stronach received consideration...
ForeignPolicy.com’s Middle East Channel published my latest thoughts on Egypt’s labor movement and its role in Egypt’s future democracy. The essential argument is that if Egyptians want to establish a successful democracy, they must establish a social democracy along the lines of the Scandinavian...
Last week many newspapers reported on a new development in the protests that have been focussing the world's attention upon Egypt. As the New York Times headline put it, "Protest in Egypt Takes New Turn as Workers Go on Strike". Reporters described how workers in myriad work places had decided to...
One of the most unexpected features of the ongoing revolution in Egypt, a/k/a "the January 25th Youth Movement," is its leadership, or more precisely, its apparent lack of leadership. Accordingly, some have dubbed it the "Facebook" or "Twitter" or more generically, the "Social Media" revolution. In...
This commentary was first published on the Foreign Policy magazine website on Feb. 2, 2011. The nationwide decline in housing prices that began in 2006 was supposed to be, we were told, impossible. Because its impact was limited initially to the sub-prime mortgage market, which was a relatively...
For several decades, various expert panels have examined the possibility of creating a national securities regulator in Canada. On May 26, 2010, the Government of Canada tabled for information in Parliament the proposed Canadian Securities Act, which would establish a Canadian securities regulator....
The Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing Copthorne Holdings Ltd. v. Her Majesty the Queen this coming Friday, January 21 at 9:30 a.m. The appeal is concerned with interpreting various elements of the "general anti-avoidance rule" ("GAAR") of section 245 of the Income Tax Act. To seize the moment...
By Kate Mikos and Prof. Mariana Prado Haiti is currently in the headlines again due to the ravages of a cholera epidemic that has hit citizens still reeling from a humanitarian disaster brought on by last year's earthquake, and has been compounded by hurricanes, floods, a problematic election and...