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Oct 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014

Ackman: Lawyers have documents purported to show Allergan misled on Valeant

TORONTO (Reuters) – Billionaire investor William Ackman turned up the heat on Allergan Inc. on Thursday when he accused the Botox maker’s board of misleading investors to fend off a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Ackman, whose hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management is Allergan’s biggest shareholder, told reporters that his lawyers had seen documents that show Allergan’s board knowingly released misleading statements about Valeant.

Oct 1, 2014
Sep 30, 2014

Ernst & Young agrees to C$8 million settlement in Sino-Forest audit

TORONTO (Reuters) – Accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP [ERNY.UL] agreed on Tuesday to an C$8 million ($7.2 million) voluntary payment with Canada’s biggest securities regulator over its audits of Sino-Forest Corp [SCLC.UL] and another China-focused company.

Ernst & Young, which has already paid C$119 million to settle civil lawsuits in the two cases, did not admit to any wrongdoing in the no-contest settlement, which was approved by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).

Sep 30, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

Canada’s TMX names Lou Eccleston as CEO

TORONTO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – TMX Group Ltd named Lou
Eccleston as its new chief executive officer, the Toronto Stock
Exchange operator said on Monday, after a lengthy global search
to replace retiring CEO Tom Kloet.

Eccleston left McGraw Hill Financial in July. He
had most recently been president of the company’s S&P Capital IQ
unit, a real-time data provider, and chairman of index unit S&P
Dow Jones Indices.

Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

Canada’s TV watchdog to ignore Netflix, Google after data denial

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s broadcast regulator said on Monday it will ignore evidence from Internet-based video providers Netflix Inc and Google Inc when making new rules for television after the companies refused to hand over some data.

In a terse exchange at a regulatory hearing earlier this month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) demanded Netflix provide details about its Canadian operations or risk losing its exemption from rules that govern domestic broadcast distributors.

Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

BlackBerry cuts loss and sees rising sales; shares jump

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BBRY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a 7 percent jump in its shares.

The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPhone and devices running Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a drawn-out turnaround.

    • About Alastair

      "Canada tech, media and telecoms reporter based in Toronto, with emphasis on Research In Motion and including coverage of Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus, the new mobile entrants and the tech companies filling in the gaps. Previously spent two years in Cairo bureau chasing Orascom Telecom's Naguib Sawiris. Prior to that, spent a year learning the ropes in London."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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