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Monthly Archives: October 2011

SCC to Consider Rectification of Contracts

Posted in Case Previews, Contracts, Tax

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in a case involving the rectification of contracts. The appeal in Services Environnementaux raises the question of whether Quebec law permits the rectification of agreements, in a manner that is retroactively enforceable against tax authorities, when their written terms diverge from the common intentions of the parties.

As part of a reorganization of the first respondent, Centre technologique, the second respondent, AES, decided to sell some of its shares in Centre technologique to a third party. AES and Centre technologique the entered into a reorganization agreement in which AES exchanged … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Hears YouTube DMCA Cases

Posted in Case Comments, Communications, Intellectual Property, Media

In mid-October, the influential United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments in a $1-billion battle over the responsibility of Internet intermediaries for infringing content posted by third parties on their systems. The appeal in Viacom Intl. v. YouTube Inc. involves crucial questions that may have a ripple effect on litigation taking place across the world. Along with the Veoh case being heard by the Ninth Circuit and the iiNet appeal being heard by the High Court of Australia this year, the results in the YouTube appeals will set important ground rules for Internet litigation for … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses

Posted in Bankruptcy and Debt, Case Previews, Class Actions, Procedure

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to revisit the issue of whether a statute can override an arbitration clause in a consumer agreement. This time, at issue is the remedial legislation entitled Credit Repair Organization Act (CROA), which provides consumers with “the right to sue a credit repair organization” that violates the Act.

The case arose out of a class action by a number of consumers who applied for and received a card marketed as a tool to “rebuild poor credit” and “improve credit rating.” The consumers alleged that they were charged fees which had not been disclosed in … Continue Reading

The Law Related to Priority – Moot or Not Moot?

Posted in Bankruptcy and Debt, Case Previews

The Alberta Court of Appeal will hear the appeal of Transportaction Lease Systems Inc on the issue of whether a previous judge:

  1. ruled that the appeal in a CCAA matter was not moot; and
  2. concluded, in any event, that the appeal was not moot.

This confusing issue stems from the lease from Transportaction of vehicles and other equipment to Skyreach under a Master Lease Agreement. Companies leasing equipment will want to follow this appeal closely, as it may ultimately change how Courts will view priority.

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BCCA Asked to Review Advance Costs Made Against Private Litigants in Charter Litigation

Posted in Case Comments, Charter of Rights, Communications, Constitutional, Procedure

In Dish Network L.L.C. v. Rex, the Supreme Court of British Columbia took the rare step of ordering advance costs in a constitutional challenge. More surprisingly, the court ordered three private litigants to pay 50% of those costs. This case is now headed to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.

Mr. Rex sold satellite receivers to Canadian residents and, using false U.S. addresses, arranged subscriptions for them from American signal providers. Two American providers and one Canadian provider sued Mr. Rex under the Radiocommunication Act and at common law. In his defence, Mr. Rex alleged that aspects of

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