Securities Defence Case Comments

Lawyers from our Securities Defence Litigation Practice break down notable securities cases and give you the facts, findings and takeaways.

Case Comments: Our lawyers break down notable securities cases and give you the facts, findings and takeaways.

OSC dismisses insider trading and tipping case in re Soave

This case addresses the test for when a person who receives a tip of potentially inside information reasonably ought to know the tipper is in a special relationship with the issuer.

Enforcing advisor loans

Will courts give weight to regulatory findings and sanctions when considering an advisor’s claim that they have been wrongfully dismissed in the face of a dealer’s attempt to enforce repayment of a forgivable loan?

Conflicts of Interest Remain a Regulatory Focus

Regulators are expected to continue to focus on real and perceived conflicts of interest in the coming year.

OSC Weighs FOI Requests Against Protected Information

Can the confidentiality protections under the Securities Act shield evidence from disclosure in freedom of information requests?

Liability for Misuse of Non-Public Information in OSC v. Volk

Can trading based on confidential information about a public company that is not admitted or found to be material give rise to liability under the Ontario Securities Act?

High Standards Expected for Experienced Registrants and Compliance with Client Reporting Obligations in IIROC v Sutton

What is the standard expected of a dealer employee who is tasked with pricing securities for client reporting, and the compliance standard for reviewing that work? Can seniority affect the standard expected by regulators?

Limitation Periods in Investment Losses: Rotzang v. CIBC World Markets Inc.

When does a limitation period begin for an investment loss claim where the client continues to have an account with an investment firm but receives no advice and does no trading in that account?

“Off-book” Investments: Mulley v Lewis

When is a securities dealer vicariously liable for the misconduct of an employee broker relating to “off-book” investments?

Employee “Profit Sharing” Plans: Manastersky v Royal Bank of Canada et al.

Is an employer required to compensate a dismissed employee for lost opportunity to earn “profit sharing” during a termination notice period?

OSC, on appeal from IIROC, in the matter of Lucy Marie Pariak-Lukic

The OSC overturned an IIROC sanction decision, imposing its own more onerous sanctions, thus signaling that IIROC should be imposing tougher sanctions even when unintentional wrongdoing is in issue.

IIROC v. Canaccord Genuity Settlement Agreement

What is the extent of retail branch and head office supervision?

Marlin Investments v. Canaccord

This case addresses the “know your client” standard in the context of KYC forms; off-setting investment gains to reduce losses in damage quantification; and contributory negligence of a vulnerable (geriatric) client, all in the context of the market crash of 2008.

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