Halliburton: Deepening the Divide Between Certification of US and Canadian Securities Class Actions

Everyone has been talking about the recent decision from the US Supreme Court in Halliburton Co v Erica P. John Fund Inc (Halliburton) and its rulings regarding the “fraud on the market” doctrine in US securities class action litigation (previously reported on here and here).

Oil and Gas Trends in Q1 and Q2 2014

Oil and Gas Trends in Q1 and Q2 2014

The short take on energy trends in the last two quarters is “what a difference a Polar Vortex can make”. That weather phenomenon is partly responsible for a change in the current and the predicted future prices of natural gas. The winter heating season ended with significantly lower quantities of gas in storage than usual. As well, the demand for gas continues to escalate with gas continuing to replace coal as a power generation fuel. 

Loose Lips Sink Ships: Be Careful How You Communicate Pension Plan Changes

Loose Lips Sink Ships:  Be Careful How You Communicate Pension Plan Changes

In a recent British Columbia arbitration decision NCR Canada Ltd. v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 213, an employer was precluded from requiring members of a defined benefit (DB) component of its pension plan to switch to the defined contribution (DC) component for future service, many years after the DB plan members had been offered an opportunity to voluntarily switch to the DC component of the plan.