CFLSE Montreal Speaker Series

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Norton Rose Fulbright (Bureau 2500)

1 Place Ville Marie

25th Floor

Montreal, QC H3B 1R1

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Netflix and Cannabis …how chill is chill? Not to mention, Ponzi Schemes.

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Join us for an interesting seminar on contemporary legal cases presented by distinguished Alumni in the legal field.

Maximum capacity is 32 persons – so register quick while spaces last! Drinks and food will be provided at the event.

For questions reach out to cflsemontreal@gmail.com

Topic 1: Netflix Tax

Presented by: Louis-Frédérick Cote (Spiegel Sohmer)

Summary

A review of the basic Canadian Constitutional aspects of the so-called Québec Netflix tax, including the possibility to force non-resident suppliers to collect and remit local taxes and the possibility to enforce local tax judgments in other jurisdictions, he will propose solutions to the issues relating to the lack of powers of the local jurisdictions in such a context. Louis-Frédérick will also review the American approach and the efforts of the Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia jurisdictions to force non-residents to collect their local taxes.

Topic 2: Is tobacco the right model for cannabis?

Presented by: Gregory Bordan (Norton Rose Fulbright)

Summary

In 2018, Canada legalized cannabis. One of the government’s stated goals was to put an end to the illegal market. However, the government also could not be seen as encouraging cannabis use, especially among young people. In seeking to reconcile its diverse objectives, the government elected to model its policy on cannabis promotion on its existing policy on tobacco promotion. This has meant that all cannabis promotion is banned, except for a few narrow exceptions, and that cannabis must be sold only in unattractive standardized packaging. But was the Tobacco Act the right model for cannabis? There are clearly certain commonalities between the products and the legislative objectives being pursued. However, there are also important differences between the products: their respective social histories, the proven health risks of the products and the legislator’s objectives all differ in significant ways. This talk will suggest several key differences that raise the question of whether the tobacco model will prove to be an appropriate choice for cannabis.

Topic 3: Lawyers and Financial Advisors

Presented by: Azim Hussain (Norton Rose Fulbright)

Summary

Azim will review the recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Salomon v. Matte-Thompson. The case involved a lawyer’s liability for negligent advice to his client, a widow who had inherited millions of dollars from her husband, in recommending unlicensed financial advisors and unsuitable offshore funds. All the while, he was receiving payments from one of the financial advisors, without disclosing them to his client. The financial advisors were running a Ponzi scheme and fled Canada once the scheme starting collapsing. The widow lost her investments and sued the financial advisors and the lawyer. She obtained a default judgment against the advisors since they didn’t defend against the suit. The lawyer defended against the suit but the Supreme Court held the lawyer to be just as responsible for her losses as were the advisors.

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Norton Rose Fulbright (Bureau 2500)

1 Place Ville Marie

25th Floor

Montreal, QC H3B 1R1

Canada

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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