17: Franchise Law (Chris Horkins) - May 18, 2016

Chris Horkins

On Episode 17, Chris Horkins fills us in on the hottest issues in franchise law!

Topics: a franchisor’s obligation to protect brand strength; application of good faith obligations and when courts will blue-pencil contractual agreements.

Full Episode (37:51) Download

1. Protecting Brand Strength (11:09) Download
Dunkin’ Brands Canada Ltd. c. Bertico inc., 2015 QCCA 624 6432


2. Good Faith and General Motors (14:16) Download

Trillium Motor World Inc. v. General Motors of Canada Limited, 2011 ONSC 1300
Bhasin v. Hrynew, [2014] 3 SCR 494, 2014 SCC 71


3. Reading Down the Contract (12:47) Download

2176693 Ontario Ltd. v. Cora Franchise Group Inc., 2015 ONCA 152


About the Guest:

Chris Horkins is an associate with Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP in the advocacy law practice group.

He has a diverse litigation practice, consisting of such areas a franchise, product liability, insolvency, and class actions law, and has appeared before a number of tribunals and Courts, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Chris is a member of the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee, which promotes the interests of advocacy lawyers in their first ten years of practice.

His franchise litigation practice primarily consists of representing franchise stores, including good faith claims brought under the Arthur Wishart Act and the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants. Chris has spoken at a number of franchise law conferences and also frequently writes for his firm’s Franchise Law publication as well as the newsletter of the International Bar Association’s Franchise Law section.

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