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Federal Court of Appeal Eliminates Commissioner of Competition’s ‘Public Interest’ Class Privilege

Posted in Case Comments, Privilege

For nearly thirty years, the Commissioner of Competition has been able to assert ‘public interest’ privilege – on a class basis – to prevent the disclosure of documents obtained from informants in the course of its investigations.[1] Not anymore.

Access by litigants to the Commissioner’s investigation file is an important and developing issue.[2] In Vancouver Airport Authority v. Commissioner of Competition, 2018 FCA 24, Justice Stratas, writing for a unanimous panel with Justices Boivin and Laskin, held that the Commissioner can no longer invoke ‘public interest’ privilege on a class-wide basis to prevent access.[3] While the Commissioner can still … Continue Reading