Category: Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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B.C. Court of Appeal Denies Class Certification of Environmental Nuisance Claim

February 21, 2017

On February 15, 2017, the B.C. Court of Appeal issued its decision in Baker v. Rendle (Baker) denying class action certification in a case about nuisance claims against industrial operations. Baker lends further weight to the view that private claims by landowners for environmental nuisance are ill suited for resolution by class action. BACKGROUND The defendants obtained a composting facility…

Navigating Securities Litigation Risk: A Review of Recent Developments

February 17, 2017

The stakes have never been higher for defendants facing civil and enforcement proceedings relating to their capital market activities. New take-over bid rules, securities class action developments and an ever-changing regulatory landscape pose continuous challenges for public issuers and their directors and officers. Our panel of securities and litigation practitioners address recent trends and developments in securities litigation and hear…

Ahead of the Class: Important Updates and Developments in Class Actions

February 7, 2017

This seminar discusses the latest trends in class actions and jurisprudence in Canada. This interactive discussion will span a cross-section of recent developments and hot-button topics in areas such as: Cybersecurity and privacy Multijurisdictional issues Post-certification strategies Mandatory Continuing Education The Plenary Session contains 20 minutes of Professionalism content and 40 minutes of Substantive content. This organization has been approved as…

New Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

February 7, 2017

After several months of consultation and deliberations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rendered public a revised draft Guidance on Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC Guide). Comments on the draft may be provided to the OECD by February 9, 2017. Draft revisions will be carried out over the next few months with the proposed adoption of…

ICC Looks to Streamline Arbitrations with Amended Rules

February 2, 2017

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is streamlining its arbitration process to reduce the length and cost of arbitrations and has released amendments to its Rules of Arbitration (ICC Rules), which will come into force on March 1, 2017. Among the most notable changes is a new expedited procedure for resolving disputes in which the amount claimed is less than…

Risky Business: B.C. Court of Appeal Lets Action About Foreign Operations Proceed in Canada

February 1, 2017

On January 26, 2017, the B.C. Court of Appeal’s (Court) decision in Garcia v. Tahoe Resources Inc. (Garcia) challenged the premise that claims will be dealt with where they occur. The decision will be a factor in future cases where defendants argue that claims against them for overseas events should be stayed in favour of foreign jurisdictions, especially where there…

Corporate Veil Preserved: Court Dismisses Action Against Canadian Subsidiary in Chevron Case

January 27, 2017

On January 20, 2017, in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (Court) dismissed the plaintiffs’ action to execute against the shares and assets of Chevron Canada Limited (Chevron Canada) in satisfaction of a judgment of a foreign court. In doing so, the Court reaffirmed principles of corporate separateness and confirmed the high threshold that…

Styles Overturned: Alberta Court of Appeal Clarifies Treatment of Incentive Payments upon Termination

January 6, 2017

In Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation (Styles), a recently released decision that has been eagerly awaited by employers and employees alike, the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) clarified the law with respect to how long-term incentive plans (LTIP) should be treated when an employee is terminated. In doing so, the Court overturned a trial-level decision that would have greatly…

Federal Court of Appeal Says There is No Duty to Consult on Legislation

December 23, 2016

Does the Crown have a duty to consult when contemplating and introducing legislation that may adversely impact aboriginal rights? In its recent decision in Canada (Governor General in Council) v. Courtoreille, the Federal Court of Appeal (Court) said no, but the Court’s decision may not be the last word on the topic. BACKGROUND Chief Steve Courtoreille, on behalf of himself…

Dispute Resolution under CETA: A New Investment Court for Canada and Europe

December 15, 2016

Canada and the European Union recently signed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which establishes a new tribunal, called the Investment Court System, to resolve investor-state disputes. CETA’s rules on investor-state dispute settlement contain numerous innovations that distinguish the agreement from existing investment treaties. The new tribunal and rules could be a model for future international agreements…

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