Being unprepared or unknowledgeable can cost your company thousands of dollars or more
By Paul K. grover, Fillmore Riley LLP
On July 1, 2017, Canada will be “celebrating” the third anniversary of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – generally known as CASL (pronounced “castle”).
Whether a celebration is warranted is questionable. While the legislation was purportedly designed to protect Canadians from spam, its actual effect on what we would all term “spam” is arguably negligible. Rather, it has created a tremendous amount of work for legitimate Canadian businesses in an effort to comply with a very difficult law.
Furthermore, with a private right of action scheduled to become available on July 1, 2017, contraventions of CASL will most certainly result in businesses (and in the case of corporations, also their directors and officers) being sued for damages. While CASL provides for compensatory damages, it also provides for statutory damages of $200 for each contravention of CASL to a maximum of $1 million per