Leonard Glenn Francis is a Malaysian national who is the CEO and owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a general contractor to the United States Navy. He is suspected of using Glenn Defense Marine Asia to defraud the Navy out of an estimated $20 million. At a November 22, 2013 court filing, prosecutors argued that Mr. Francis “ has built a business empire based on defrauding the United States.”
The story of class actions in 2013 has some interesting themes, some of which were furthered by the long-awaited commentary from the Supreme Court of Canada. This is the second of five posts in which we highlight five themes we saw in 2013 and how we expect them to develop in 2014.
In one’s darker moments at work the prospect of 12 months’ compulsory paid leave sounds like the way to go. In reality, the damage done to your name, skills and client connections could be very substantial. How could the employer ever justify that requirement?
On October 25, 2013, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress (“SCNPC”) passed the amendment (“Amendment”) to the Law on Protection of Consumers’ Rights and Interests (“CPL”), which will enter into force on the 15th of March 2014. This Amendment is significant to both consumers and business operators as it is the first time in twenty years that China makes substantial amendments to the CPL.
On November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court held Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) to be unconstitutional, holding that an individual’s right to freedom of expression in the labor strike context outweighs the individual’s right to control his or her information in public. The ruling is suspended for 12 months to give Alberta’s legislature time to consider how to best amend PIPA.