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

 
 
Blakes was named Competition Law Firm of the Year in 2018 by Benchmark Canada. Members of our Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group are consistently ranked as leading practitioners in the most recent editions of the following publications:
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood are recognized as leading lawyers.
  • Global Competition Review’s GCR 100 ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in the “Elite” category, the review’s highest designation, noting that Blakes “continues to be at the top of Canadian competition law, and is considered ‘the firm to beat’ by several of its rivals.”
  • Canadian Lawyer Magazine names Brian A. Facey one of Canada’s Top 25 Influential 2017.
  • Who's Who Legal: 2017 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.
  • 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.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group as a leader, with four competition lawyers individually ranked, including Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway.
  • 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. Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood 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.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Thought Leaders recognizes Brian A. Facey, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway as thought leaders in the area of Competition Law.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders recognizes Cassandra Brown, Joshua Krane, Kevin MacDonald and Micah Wood as the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under.
  • 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.
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada - Competition recognizes Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood as leading lawyers.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law) recognizes Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Micah Wood as leading lawyers.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • The Legal 500 Canada (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes in the top tier with clients referring to us as “market leader.” Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter are ranked as leading lawyers. Navin Joneja, Julie Soloway, Kevin MacDonald and Joshua Krane are all recommended for competition and antitrust. Cassandra Brown is ranked in the Next Generation category.
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognizes Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter for their expertise in Competition Litigation.
  • Chambers Canada Awards 2016 names Blakes “Competition Law Firm of the Year.”
  • 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.
  • 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 as a leading competition lawyer.
  • 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, 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, 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: 416-863-3327
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, Arbitration, 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, Cannabis
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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