Michael is a respected and practised litigator who acts for and advises parties in a wide range of competition matters, a variety of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholders' disputes, commercial fraud, and employment matters, and also in administrative law and constitutional issues.
- Successfully represented the Commissioner of Competition in cases before the Competition Tribunal.
- Acted as trial and appellate counsel before all levels of court, including the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
- Active member of both the Canadian Bar Association's Competition Law Section and the American Bar Association's Anti-trust Section.
- Michael is Managing Editor and a primary contributor on thelitigator.ca, Affleck Greene McMurtry's widely-read blog offering Compelling Commentary on Law Affecting Business.
- Michael is also an editor of the Canadian Competition Law Review. He was responsible for redevelopment of the CBA Competition Law Section website, and has previously chaired the Section’s Reviewable Matters and Unilateral Conduct Committee, and assisted in preparing the new Competition Tribunal Rules as a member of the Tribunal’s rules working group.
- Michael speaks frequently on competition law and commercial litigation topics, and teaches in CPD programs sponsored by the Advocates Society.
- Frequent contributor to newsletters published by the ABA's Anti-trust Section, The Litigator, and other renowned legal periodicals.
- Martindale-Hubbell CV Peer Review Rated
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- Administrative Law
- Appellate Counsel
- Arbitration (domestic and international, ad hoc and institutional)
- Civil Anti-Competitive Conduct
- Civil Litigation
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Competition Bureau Investigations
- Competition Criminal Matters
- Competition Law (Anti-trust)
- Competition Litigation
- Competition Marketing Practices
- Competition Tribunal Litigation
- Compliance Programs
- Constitutional Law
- Contractual Disputes
- Corporate & Commercial Law
- Corporate Litigation
- Criminal & Civil Anti-Competitive Conduct
- Employment Law
- Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
- Franchise Litigation
- Fraud, Misrepresentation, Deceit
- International Law
- Partnership Disputes
- Partnership Litigation
- Shareholder Disputes
- Trade-mark Litigation
Education and Experience
- B.A. (High Honours) in Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan (1988)
- M.A. in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (1991)
- LL.B., Dalhousie University (1996)
- Partner, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, 2006-Present
- Associate, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, 2003-2006
- Associate, Kelly Affleck Greene, 1999-2003
- Associate, Borden & Elliot, 1998-1999
- Called to the Bar, Ontario, 1998
- Articles, Law Clerk to the late Justice John Sopinka, Supreme Court of Canada, 1996-1997
Professional Activities And Associations
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association
- Member of the Ontario Bar Association
- Member of The Advocates Society
- Chair of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society's (TCAS) Program Committee.
- Member, Board of Trustees of the Toronto Lawyers' Association
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Industry Sector Experience
- Waste Management
- Hi-tech Hardware and Software
- Banking and Payment Systems
- Public Office Holders
In The News
- "Pecman reacts to bureau's losses" GCR - Pallavi Guniganti, February 23, 2015
- "Give antitrust plaintiffs wire-tap evidence, Canada Supreme Court says" GCR - Harry Philips, October 20, 2014
- "Supreme Court of Canada says indirect purchasers can sure in price fixing cases" Financial Post: Legal Post, October 31, 2013
- "SCC decisions mean business as usual" AdvocateDaily.com, October 31, 2013
- "Supreme Court decision will shape future of price fixing class actions" Financial Post: Legal Post, October 30, 2013
- "Supreme court to rule on lawsuits against price fixing" The Globe and Mail: Report on Business, October 30, 2013
- "Oil giants didn't conspire to lessen competition, appeal court rules" Canadian Legal Newswire, July 2, 2013
- "Consumers' power tested in Supreme Court appeals on price fixing" Financial Post, October 18, 2012
- "Class Inaction, Arbitration clauses offer class action defence" Lexpert Magazine, September 2012
- Article: "Supply management a stumbling clock for free trade" The Lawyers Weekly, August 24, 2012
- "How the new TMX was created" IFLR, August 9, 2012
- "The Maple monopoly" Financial Post, August 1, 2012
- "Michael Osborne comments on Etobicoke Centre election case for SUN TV's Daily Brief" July 9, 2012
- "Michael Osborne: B.C. decisions are big news in competition law" AdvocateDaily.com, April, 2011
- Article: Maître Michael Osborne, «Le droit et nos droits» L'Express, 27 avril, 2010
Canada (Commissioner of Competition) v. Canadian Waste Services Holdings Inc. : Acted for the Commissioner of Competition in successfully opposing, under the merger provisions of the Competition Act, CWS’ acquisition of a landfill in southwestern Ontario. Reported at: (2001), 11 C.P.R. (4 th) 425 (Comp. Trib.), (2001), 15 C.P.R. (4 th) 5 (Comp. Trib.), affirmed, (2003) 24 C.P.R. (4 th) 178 (F.C.A.).
Canadian Waste Services Holdings Inc. v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition) : Acted for the Commissioner of Competition in successfully opposing an application by CWS for rescission of order of the Competition Tribunal that it divest itself of a landfill in southwester Ontario. This is now one of the leading cases under s. 106 of the Competition Act. Reported at: (2004), 33 C.P.R. (4th) 275. See: Competition Tribunal orders sale of landfill (again); CWS appeals (again)
Canada (Commissioner of Competition) v. Air Canada : Acted for the Commissioner of Competition in a case involving an alleged abuse of dominance by Air Canada arising from Air Canada’s response to entry by WestJet and CanJet into eastern Canada. The Tribunal’s decision defines the “avoidable costs” of Air Canada. The Tribunal accepted Commissioner’s approach to avoidable costs. Its decision will likely be applicable to future predatory pricing cases. Reported at: (2003), 26 C.P.R. (4th) 476 (Comp. Trib.). See THE LITIGATOR: Competition Law Update - The Year in Review 2003
3Com Corp. v. Intelligent Decisions Inc. and 3Com Corp. v. Zorin International Corp. : Obtained judgments after trials of nearly US$10 million against companies and certain individuals who fraudulently obtained significant discounts on computer products by claiming that they were for governmental and educational end users when in fact the equipment was grey-marketed. Jim Orr was lead counsel. Reported at:  O.J. No. 2348 and  O.J. No. 1767. See: 3Com wins nearly US$10 million in two grey marketing fraud cases (PDF)
Henry Schein Arcona v. Mullin : Opposed a motion for an injunction to prevent a departed employee accused of competing against his former employer, in violation of his employment agreement, and obtained solicitor-client costs after the former employer dropped the motion. This is now a leading case on costs after an unsuccessful injunction. Reported at:  O.J. No. 3733.
Dry cleaner franchise litigation : Successfully resisted and settled a motion for an injunction against a franchisee.
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