OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

The Blakes Competition & Antitrust group works directly with advertisers and their representatives at all stages of the advertising development process to ensure compliance with the misleading advertising and promotional contest provisions of the Competition Act.

We have experience representing clients provincially and nationally in misleading and comparative advertising claims, injunctions, trials and appeals. Our team includes the leading competition litigators in Canada and has amassed the best record of any Canadian firm in contested proceedings before the Competition Tribunal. Our team also includes lawyers whose practice emphasizes marketing and advertising and regulatory issues. We regularly advise clients with respect to compliance with government regulations and in dealings with the Canadian Competition Bureau.

We have acted as counsel in many of the most important cases in this area and have extensive experience negotiating resolutions under the Competition Bureau’s compliance and alternative case resolution programs. We have even taken the lead in numerous prosecutions under these provisions. Our lawyers are at the forefront of developments in the field of comparative advertising in Canada and have acted as counsel in many of the leading cases in this area, including Bell Aliant v. Rogers, Church & Dwight v. Sifto and UPS v. Purolator.

Our excellent and long-standing relationship with the Competition Bureau and a deep understanding of the Bureau’s policies and operations uniquely positions our team to achieve timely and pragmatic solutions for our clients. Blakes lawyers also regularly work with clients on issues involving public relations concerns and have access to experts in the public relations field. Our lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with the Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) Trade Dispute Procedure.


Representative Matters

  • Bell Aliant v. Rogers – Acted for Bell Aliant in defence of a successful injunction relating to misleading advertising claims.
  • Beatrice Foods Inc. v. Ault Foods Ltd. - Acted for Beatrice in seeking an injunction to stop the defendant from making certain statements in its advertising campaign.
  • Purolator v. UPS - Acted for UPS in an important case dealing with comparative advertising claims, successfully defending UPS against allegations that claims in respect of its shipping rates were misleading.
  • Church & Dwight Ltd. v. Sifto Canada Inc. – Acted for Church & Dwight in seeking an injunction to stop advertising by the defendant.
  • The Commissioner of Competition and the Forzani Group – Acted for the Forzani Group in defending claims of improper ordinary price advertising under the Competition Act and negotiating a consent agreement.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group was named Competition Law Firm of the Year in 2016 by Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Members of our group are consistently ranked as leading practitioners in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Global Competition Review GCR 100 ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in the “Elite” category, the review’s highest designation, for the seventh consecutive year.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway, Debbie Salzberger, Micah Wood and Randall Hofley are recognized as leading lawyers. Clients were quoted as saying: “They are world-class — they really do support not only our legal needs but also our business needs.”
  • Who's Who Legal places Brian A. Facey among an extremely selective list of 25 Thought Leaders in the field of competition law worldwide — the only competition lawyer in Canada to hold this distinction. 
  • Global Competition Review’s Women in Antitrust ranks Julie Soloway as one of the world’s leading female lawyers in the field of competition law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law) recognizes Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Deborah Salzberger as leading lawyers.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group as a leader, with six competition lawyers individually ranked, including Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Debbie Salzberger and Julie Soloway.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway, Micah Wood and Randall Hofley are recognized as leading lawyers. 
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders recognizes Cassandra Brown, Joshua Krane, Kevin MacDonald, David Rosner, Debbie Salzberger and Micah Wood as the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under.
  • The Legal 500 Canada (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes in the top tier with clients referring to us as “market leader.” Brian A. Facey is ranked as a leading lawyer and described by clients as a “standout expert.” Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter are all recommended for competition and antitrust.
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognizes Brian A. Facey, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter for their expertise in Competition Litigation.
  • Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2016 lists Brian A. Facey as one of the Top 10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals in North America, the only Canadian lawyer named in the category.
  • Best of the Best 2016 names Brian A. Facey as one of the Top 30 Competition and Antitrust Attorneys in the world.
  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine Women in Law Awards 2016 names Julie Soloway as “Competition Lawyer of the Year.”
  • BTI Consulting Group names Brian A. Facey "BTI Client Service All-Star" for 2014 for delivering exceptional client service in the area of competition/antitrust. He is one of 15 top antitrust lawyers and the only Canadian competition lawyer to receive this distinction.
  • World Finance Legal Awards 2013 names Blakes the "Best Competition & Anti-Trust Firm."
  • Global Competition Review's 2012 Edition of 40 Under 40 recognizes Navin Joneja and Deborah Salzberger as leading competition lawyers.
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to Leading Practitioners: China 2011 ranks Brian A. Facey as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition & Antitrust: International.​
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2295
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, E-Discovery/SIRs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3184
Areas of Expertise: Australia, Foreign Investment, Competition Litigation, Aviation/Aerospace, China, Technology, Misleading Advertising, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Energy, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Retail & Consumer Products, Life Sciences, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, E-Discovery/SIRs, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Toronto, Ottawa
Toronto: 416-863-2387
Ottawa: 613-788-2211
Areas of Expertise: Competition Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Foreign Investment
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4155
Areas of Expertise: Misleading Advertising, Foreign Investment, Competition & Antitrust
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2352
Areas of Expertise: Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, Misleading Advertising, India, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4187
Areas of Expertise: Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Competition Litigation, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Competition & Antitrust, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3283
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Life Sciences, Class Actions, Foreign Investment, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, E-Discovery/SIRs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4023
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Merger Review & Control, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Misleading Advertising, Competition Litigation, E-Discovery/SIRs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2216
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4014
Areas of Expertise: Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Foreign Investment, Competition & Antitrust, E-Discovery/SIRs, Pension Funds Investment, Retail & Consumer Products, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3327
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, China, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Office Managing Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4014
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Product Liability, Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Capital Markets, Competition Litigation, Misleading Advertising, International Dispute Resolution, Automotive, Equity Capital Markets, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2765
Areas of Expertise: Drugs & Medical Devices, Anti-spam, Trade-marks, Life Sciences, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Misleading Advertising
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4164
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising
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