Steve Szentesi

Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
Lawyer (Partner)

Steve Szentesi advises domestic and foreign business clients in relation to a range of competition and regulatory law matters and has provided legal advice in relation to corporate, competition, advertising, trade, litigation and other matters. He counsels individuals and organizations on how to comply with laws and regulations in these areas.

 Steve also provides compliance, education and policy services to companies, associations and government agencies. He has practiced at several leading Canadian and international business law firms including Lang Michener (Vancouver), Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg (Toronto) and Linklaters (London, U.K.).

 His academic work includes three years as adjunct professor of competition law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law. He also served as in-house competition counsel for The Canadian Real Estate Association in Ottawa, one of Canada’s largest single industry trade associations. He has published widely in the competition and regulatory law areas, is a frequent guest speaker at conferences, seminars, compliance and industry events and is the author and co-author of several books: The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada (Carswell 2012) and Competition Law and REALTORS®: What You Say and Do Matters (ACRE and CREA 2010), a national competition law course for Canadian REALTORS®.

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6101 Bulletin

Steve Szentesi The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (Canada) rules a private claim regarding a joint venture agreement between two purchasers of chemicals products (Dow Chemical Canada / Nova Chemicals Corporation)

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Alberta Court of Queen* In a recent decision handed down by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, in Dow Chemical Canada ULC v. NOVA Chemicals Corporation, 2018 ABQB 482 (“Dow Chemical”), the Court established both new law and confirmed earlier case law under sections 45 and 90.1 of the federal (...)

Steve Szentesi The Ontario Court of Appeal (Canada) clarifies the application of the discoverability principle and makes easier for plaintiffs to add defendants (Mancinelli / Royal Bank of Canada)

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Ontario Court of Appeal Makes It Easier For Plaintiffs to Add Defendants Under Competition Act Limitation Provision* The Ontario Court of Appeal recently issued a significant decision in Mancinelli v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2018 ONCA 544 (C.A.), in which the Court clarified the application of (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Supreme Court confirms plaintiffs’ ability to obtain disclosure of wiretap evidence obtained in connection with criminal competition law investigations (Imperial Oil)

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Canadian Supreme Court Clears Criminal Wiretap Evidence For Use in Competition Class Actions* In an important decision released on October 17, 2014, Imperial Oil v. Jacques, 2014 SCC 66, the Canadian Supreme Court confirmed plaintiffs’ ability to obtain disclosure of wiretap evidence obtained (...)

Steve Szentesi The US FTC settles charges of two Internet resellers of UPC barcodes used by retailers for violation of the FTC Act by inviting competitors to collude to raise prices for barcodes sold over the Internet (680 Digital)

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Scanner Emergency in Aisle Five: US FTC Settles Bar Code Seller Invitation to Collude Case* In an interesting case that caught my eye yesterday and today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a settlement in a case involving allegations that an online bar code re-seller engaged (...)

Steve Szentesi The US FTC discusses the impact of licensure on occupations from nursing to accounting and describes how it evaluates the potential competitive effects of regulating professions

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Why Is a Cartel Not a Cartel When at the Hands of Regulators?: The FTC’s Recent Licensing Note* In Canada, the United States and many other open western and eastern economies we fortunately live in free markets. That is to say companies in any sector can enter, devise a new product (or improve (...)

Steve Szentesi The Australian Competition and Consumer Authority announces commencement of proceedings in the Federal Court on the allegation of attempt to build a cartel affecting the availability of eggs on the retail market (AECL)

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Antitrust & Associations: Two Association Related Output Restriction Cases – One Settling (Doctors), the Other Starting Up (Eggs)* On my media sweep earlier, two interesting trade association cases caught my eye, both including allegations of “output restriction” or “boycott” type activities. (...)

Steve Szentesi The Irish Competition Authority secures High Court undertakings required from domestic medical association in order to amend the contract for treatment of public patients (General Medical Service)

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Antitrust & Associations: Collective Refusals to Supply – What’s the Deal* Well summer is here and I have to admit that my blog output has slowed a bit (and likely will through the summer). Nevertheless, on my daily media and competition authorities sweep earlier I read what I thought was a (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Competition Bureau supports the Government’s intention to address unjustified cross-border price discrimination to reduce the gap between consumer prices in Canada and the United States

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New CD Howe Report on Canada/US Price Gap: Tariff and Supply Management Issues (Not Retailer Market Power)* Earlier on 6 May 2014, the C.D. Howe Institute issued a new report on the Canada/U.S. retail price gap issue entitled Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Competition Bureau announces criminal charges for involvement in an illegal bid-rigging arrangement relating to the provision of IT services (Library and Archives)

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Bid-rigging Cases: Competition Bureau Charges IT Company, 6 Individuals in IT Bid-rigging Case* The Canadian Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced earlier on 2 May 2014 that criminal charges have been laid in a federal government IT contract-related bid-rigging case. According to the Bureau, (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Competition Bureau announces that a corporation and two individuals have pleaded guilty to price-fixing in relation to an ocean freight cartel (ECU Line Canada)

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Guilty Pleas in Ocean Freight Price-Fixing Cartel, Bureau Begins Promoting New Compliance Materials Earlier today, the Competition Bureau announced that one company and two individuals have pleaded guilty to price-fixing under the Competition Act in relation to an ocean freight cartel (see: (...)

Steve Szentesi The US FTC orders two professional associations to amend the codes of ethics in order to eliminate the anticompetitive restrictions imposed by each of them on its members (CALSPro / MTNA)

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U.S. FTC Finalizes Settlements in Association Code of Ethics Cases* As an update to two association cases that I blogged about last December (see: here), this past Friday the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had approved settlements with two professional associations for (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Supreme Court of British Columbia certifies a competition law class action subject to a requirement for the plaintiff to redraft her pleadings to conform to several key court holdings (Watson / Bank of America)

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BC Court Certifies Visa/MasterCard Conspiracy Class Action* In an interesting and important decision issued late last week, the British Columbia Supreme Court has certified a Competition Act class action against Visa Canada Corporation, MasterCard International Inc. and a number of major banks (...)

Steve Szentesi The Japanese Fair Trade Commission takes action against a trade association for its alleged participation in price-fixing the fees for voluntary flu shots service (Yoshikawa Matsubushi Medical Association)

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Antitrust & Associations: German, Japanese Antitrust Authorities Take Action Against Associations in Price-fixing Cases* In two interesting trade association related cases that caught my eye today, the German (Bundeskartellamt) and Japanese (Fair Trade Commission – “JFTC”) antitrust (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission announces a new public consultation on the state of competition on the market for wholesale mobile wireless services

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Competition & Wireless: Want Your Say on Roaming, Wireless Regulation? CRTC Launches New Public Consultation* Earlier today, and close on the heels of the announcement of winners in the Government’s 700 MHz spectrum auction yesterday (see: here), the CRTC has announced that it is launching (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Superior Court of Justice imposes fines on multinational corporation for its participation in a bid-rigging conspiracy on the market for motor vehicle components (Panasonic)

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Auto Parts Investigation Rolls Along: Former Auto Parts Executive Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison for Deleting E-mails, Panasonic to Pay $4.5 M in Canada* In what can only be called a sobering reminder earlier on 20 February 2014 of the importance of not obstructing an ongoing criminal antitrust (...)

Steve Szentesi The German Competition Authority finds that the sugar cartel agreement has been implemented under the umbrella of the national industry association (Pfeifer / Südzucker / Nordzucker)

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Trade Association Reportedly Used as Umbrella for Market Division, Output Restriction Cartel Agreement Among German Sugar Manufacturers* On 18 February 2014 the German antitrust authority (Bundeskartellamt) announced that it had fined Germany’s three largest sugar manufacturers € 280 million in (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Supreme Court rules on the matter of standing to sue for damages held by indirect purchasers in class action proceedings (Pro-Sys Consultants / Microsoft)

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New C.D. Howe Institute Report on Indirect Purchaser Class Actions Before Supreme Court Decision – Consensus? Open the Door* Canada’s Supreme Court is expected to release a long awaited indirect purchaser competition class action decision on 31 October 2013. This case, and the tortuous (and (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Supreme Court rules on the matter of standing to sue for damages held by indirect purchasers in class action proceedings (Infineon Technologies / Option Consommateurs)

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New C.D. Howe Institute Report on Indirect Purchaser Class Actions Before Supreme Court Decision – Consensus? Open the Door* Canada’s Supreme Court is expected to release a long awaited indirect purchaser competition class action decision on 31 October 2013. This case, and the tortuous (and (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Supreme Court rules on the matter of standing to sue for damages held by indirect purchasers in class action proceedings (Sun-Rype Products / Archer Daniels Midland)

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New C.D. Howe Institute Report on Indirect Purchaser Class Actions Before Supreme Court Decision – Consensus? Open the Door* Canada’s Supreme Court is expected to release a long awaited indirect purchaser competition class action decision on 31 October 2013. This case, and the tortuous (and (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Supreme Court clears the way for indirect purchaser competition class action related to compensation for harm caused by inflating the price of microchips (Infineon Technologies, Pro-Sys, Sun-Rype)

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Canadian Supreme Court Clears the Way for Indirect Purchaser Competition Class Actions: Reason and Clarity Prevail in Previously Muddled Area* Earlier today the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released three long-awaited companion judgments that finally create clarity and certainty in the area (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Competition Bureau launches the "Whistleblowing Initiative" in order to encourage the general public and the business community to report suspected violations of the Competition Act

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New Competition Act Whistleblowers Page* Given the recently increased focus on criminal competition law matters (e.g., cartels) and whistleblowing, the latter in the competition law world and corporate crime area generally, I thought I would launch a new whistleblowing page on the blog. A (...)

Steve Szentesi The Canadian Competition Bureau jointly lays 77 charges against 11 individuals and 9 companies in the construction industry in connection with a Quebec bid-rigging case (Carrière Bernier, Cie Wilfrid Allen)

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Competition Bureau Jointly Lays 77 Charges Against 11 Individuals and 9 Companies in Quebec Bid-rigging Case – Tough Stance on Criminal Enforcement Continues* On June 21, 2012 the Competition Bureau announced that, together with the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) in Quebec, it has laid (...)

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