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Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation survives court appeal 

Media | 06/05/2020 5:03 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the constitutionality of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, commonly known as CASL.  In a decision released Friday, the court dismissed an appeal that sought to challenge the constitutionality of the anti-spam legislation. The appeal, brought by a company doing business as CompuFinder, argued that the legislation -- and a $200,000 administrative fine it received from the CRTC under the law in 2017 after sending out hundreds of unsolicited marketing emails -- violated several sections of the Charter.  Writing for the court, Justice Marc Nadon ruled that CASL did not violate several sections of the Charter, as alleged by CompuFinder. Specifically, CompuFinder had argued that the fine they were handed by the CRTC constituted a penalty without the...

Court will hear Quebecor appeal in TVA Sports signal case

Media | 06/19/2019 4:48 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has granted Quebecor Inc.’s application to challenge the CRTC’s ruling that it must continue to provide its TVA Sports signal to BCE Inc. customers following a tiff earlier this year. Last month, Quebecor asked the court to appeal a CRTC decision in April that forced the telecom to keep providing Bell customers with the signal after it pulled it at the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs over a carriage fee dispute. In its application for appeal, Quebecor said the regulator doesn’t have jurisdiction over economic relationships or affiliation agreements...