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    Craig is a litigator and acts for clients in commercial and business disputes. His particular areas of specialization include shareholder remedies, trust, pension and fiduciary disputes, securities and transactional ...

Posted in Commercial

On October 2, 2012, I blogged about court intervention in shareholder proxy contests in British Columbia.  One of the cases referenced was a petition brought by TELUS to quash a meeting of TELUS’s shareholders requisitioned by an American hedge fund, Mason Capital Management LLC (“Mason Capital”).  This meeting was requisitioned in an attempt to block a merger of ...

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Posted in Commercial

2012 has seen a large increase in court applications relating to shareholder proxy contests in British Columbia.  In the face of these increased number of applications, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has shown an increased willingness to intervene to ensure meetings and proxy contests are conducted fairly.

On September 20, 2012, the Court gave oral reasons in ...

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Posted in Commercial

On September 7, 2012, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, sitting as the Yukon Court of Appeal, heard the appeal from the Yukon Supreme Court decision in Matre et al v. Crew Gold Corporation, 2011 YKSC 75.  The Court of Appeal’s eventual decision will address the question of whether beneficial, as opposed to registered, shareholders can exercise dissent rights under ...

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Posted in Civil Procedure

Canada has two official languages – English and French - arising from our unique heritage as a country.  Given this status, one may have assumed both official languages were freely used in the courts across the country.  Not so says the British Columbia Court of Appeal which recently ruled that documents, not in the English language, without a certified translation cannot be ...

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Posted in Real Estate

On August 26, 2011, I blogged on the British Columbia Supreme Court decision in 229 Burrard Residential Limited Partnership v Essolat (“299”).  299 was seen as levelling the ground for disputes under the Real Estate Development Marketing Act  (British Columbia) (“REDMA”).  This decision increased the likelihood that developers would be able to enforce ...

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In a recent case, Club Resorts Ltd. v. Van Breda, the Supreme Court of Canada elaborated on the “real and substantial connection” test, bringing greater clarity and predictability to the determination of whether a court is entitled to assume jurisdiction over a case which also has ties to a foreign jurisdiction.  In doing so, the Supreme Court of Canada has greatly ...

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Posted in Civil Procedure

As a lifelong Canucks fan, I will never forget the video footage of Todd Bertuzzi tackling Steve Moore and the subsequent North American wide television coverage.  This incident was back in the news recently because Master Dash of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered production of the Minutes of Settlement among Todd Bertuzzi, Marc Crawford (the former coach of the ...

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Posted in Real Estate

Last summer, I blogged on the ever expanding body of jurisprudence arising from purchasers of “pre-built” condominiums attempting to use their rescission rights provided under the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (British Columbia) (“REDMA”) to avoid completing their condominium purchases.  In particular, my blog related to the more developer friendly ...

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Posted in Real Estate

Agreements to purchase real estate are generally negotiated between real estate agents without the benefit of legal advice.  This can often lead to vagueness when “special” terms are added to the standard form agreements of purchase and sale. A case in point is the recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Peier v. Cressey Whistler Townhomes Limited ...

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I previously wrote on the legal issues faced by developers of residential condominium projects in British Columbia relating to the Real Estate Marketing Development Act (“REDMA”). The focus on REDMA compliance must not, however, distract a developer from focusing on more basic contractual compliance which can also create enforceability issues.  A case in point is ...

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