Canada: Issues For Litigation

Last Updated: March 17 2011
Article by Christopher J. Ramsay

This paper is a summary of some of the litigation issues facing counsel in bankruptcy and insolvency matters and will briefly highlight the following areas:

  1. Fraudulent Preferences and Transfers at Undervalue
  2. Section 138 Claims
  3. Appeals from Disallowances of Claims by Trustees: True Appeals or Hearings de novo?
  4. Section 163 Examinations
  5. Waiving Solicitor/Client Privilege on behalf of a Bankrupt Company
  6. Claiming Legal Costs in an Insolvency Proceeding
  7. Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy and Insolvency – Ex Parte orders

1. Fraudulent Preferences and Transfers at Undervalue

The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, RSC 1985, c. B‐3 (the "BIA") was recently amended to repeal the settlement and reviewable transaction sections of the Act, and replaced these sections with provisions regarding transfers under value and preferences. The aim of these new provisions is to prevent bankrupts from unfairly preferring certain creditors over others and to prevent bankrupts from transferring assets for significantly less than they are worth.

1.1 Fraudulent Preferences (Section 95 of the BIA)

Under section 95, a trustee is able to attack any transfer where the bankrupt makes a transfer with the intent to prefer one creditor over others. The trustee bears the burden of proving that the bankrupt intended to give a preference to that creditor, although a transaction will be presumed to have the requisite intent if it has the effect of giving a creditor a preference. It is then the responsibility of the bankrupt and the transferee to rebut this presumption. A trustee may attack any transactions creating a preference that occur in the time beginning three months prior to the initial bankruptcy event and ending on the date of bankruptcy, provided the transferee is at arms' length with the transferor. This time is extended to one year prior to the initial bankruptcy event if the transferee is not at arms' length with the transferor. It is important to note that, for the purposes of section 95 and 96, related persons are only presumed to deal not at arms' length and such a presumption can be overcome with evidence that they were, in fact, dealing at arms' length.

1.2 Transfers at Undervalue (Section 96 of the BIA)

Section 96 provides the trustee with a mechanism for attacking transactions between the debtor and persons who provide the debtor with either no consideration or inadequate consideration for the asset, goods, or services provided. If the debtor is in the business of providing services, the provision of such services for no fee or for a fee undervalue can be attacked under section 96. The purpose of section 96 is to prohibit the debtor from disposing of its assets for inadequate consideration. The transferee need not be a creditor of the debtor to have the transaction attacked, but only needed to provide inadequate consideration in the transaction. If the parties to a transaction were dealing at arms' length, a transaction can be found void if it was completed in the year prior to the initial bankruptcy event, the debtor was either insolvent at the time or became insolvent because of the transaction, and the debtor intended to delay, hinder, or defraud a creditor. All the aforementioned conditions must be met to vacate such a transaction. If the parties are not dealing at arms' length, all transactions for undervalue can be found void if they were completed in the year prior to the initial bankruptcy event, or if the transaction occurred between five years and one year before the initial bankruptcy event, the debtor was either insolvent at the time or became insolvent because of the transaction, and the debtor intended to delay, hinder, or defraud a creditor.

1.3 Voidable Transfers under Provincial Statutes

However, the fact that a trustee does not meet the requirements under either section 95 or section 96 does not mean that the transaction is incapable of being attacked. A trustee may also seek to void a transaction under provincial legislation, such as the Fraudulent Conveyance Act, RSBC 1996, c. 163 (the "FCA") or the Fraudulent Preference Act, RSBC 1996, c. 164. While any conflict between either the BIA or the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, RSC 1985, c. C‐36 (the "CCAA") and provincial legislation will result in the federal legislation being applicable, it is important to note that provincial legislation is available to trustees to use in certain circumstances. The FCA is a particularly useful statute for trustees, as it allows the trustee to attack transactions made prior to the debtor having any creditors, so long as the trustee can prove that the debtor intended to delay, hinder or defraud creditors or others. This is exactly the action the trustee took in the recent case of Botham Holdings Ltd. (Trustee of) v. Braydon Investments Ltd., 2008 BCSC 1547, aff'd 2009 BCCA 521 ("Botham").

In Botham, the owner of Botham Holdings Ltd. engaged in several transactions which had the effect of transferring all the assets of Botham to Braydon Investments Ltd., which was owned by the same shareholders, in the same proportions as Botham, prior to entering into a risky partnership. When the partnership failed and Botham and the partnership went bankrupt, Botham's trustee in bankruptcy sought to apply the FCA to the transaction. The Court held that, despite no dishonest intent, the transaction could not stand as the transferor still intended to delay or hinder its creditors. While the trustee had also sought to set the transaction aside under the BIA's former provision on settlements, the Court chose to determine the matter under the FCA. Botham highlights the usefulness of the FCA to trustees or creditors seeking to attack transactions that fall outside of the scope of sections 95 and 96 of the BIA.

2. Section 38 Claims

Section 38 provides a mechanism by which a creditor can take the place of the trustee in any proceeding where the trustee refuses or fails to act. Essentially, the creditor stands in the place of the trustee and, if successful in the proceeding, is entitled to keep all proceeds, except those that exceed the total of the creditor's claim and the creditor's costs of the proceeding. Any surplus proceeds received by the creditor are the property of the bankrupt's estate. A creditor is not, however, entitled to interest on these claims.1 In order to make an application under section 38 a creditor must show that they have asked the trustee to take action in a proceeding and that the trustee refused or neglected to do so. An affidavit setting out these facts, and the fact that the debtor is insolvent, will be sufficient under a section 38 application.2

There are a number of conflicting authorities on whether a creditor is required to make out a prima facie case before the Court will grant leave.3 As such, it is preferable to err on the side of caution and provide the court with evidence, if it is available, that would enable counsel to make out a prima facie case against the potential defendant. The creditor, however, must show that such a proceeding will result in a monetary gain for the estate, if successful for the court to approve a section 38 application.4

While the courts have adopted a more flexible approach in recent years, it is important for counsel to protect their clients by ensuring that they meet all the requirements under section 38 when making their application. A failure to meet such requirements will not necessarily be fatal, as the court can excuse such a failure under subsection 187(9) of the BIA, but such an application will be dismissed where that failure has caused prejudice to any party. While section 38 does not require the notification of other creditors prior to making a section 38 application, counsel must ensure that, once the application is granted, sufficient notice is given to other creditors. The Creditor beginning the action must give the other creditors a reasonable amount of time to make a decision on whether to join the action.5 The creditor is, however, required to serve the trustee prior to making an application under section 38.6

Section 38 is a particularly useful tool where the trustee has insufficient funds to conduct such litigation, but the creditor feels such litigation is likely to be successful and has the ability to fund the proceedings. Counsel seeking to use such a section should ensure that they have the requisite affidavit information and that, if successful, the case will provide a profit or monetary benefit to the estate. Counsel should also try to make out a prima facie case against the potential defendant, as there have been some decisions that have made this a requirement to approval of such an application.

3. Appeals from Disallowances of Claims by Trustees: True Appeals or Hearings de novo?

One of the duties of a trustee is to examine each claim presented by a potential creditor of the bankrupt and to determine whether such a claim is valid. A trustee is entitled, under subsection 135(2) of the BIA, to disallow any claim, priority or security that it finds unproven or invalid. In the event that a creditor's claim is disallowed by a trustee, that creditor is entitled to appeal that decision to the superior court in the province. A creditor has 30 days after the receipt of the trustee's reasons for disallowance to file an appeal, although an extension may be requested during that 30‐day period.

Neither the BIA nor the Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules, C.R.C. 1978, c. 368, as amended specifies whether such an appeal is a true appeal or a hearing de novo. A hearing de novo would permit a creditor to introduce new evidence on appeal, whereas a true appeal would restrict the creditor to an appeal based on the record. In the recent case of Re Galaxy Sports Inc., 2004 BCCA 284 ("Galaxy"), the Court reviewed previous case law on this point, much of which had held that an appeal under subsection 135(4) was a hearing de novo. In rejecting these cases, the Court stated that "the law in British Columbia is clear that unless the statute that provides an appeal also states that it is to take the form of a trial de novo, [...] the appeal will be an ordinary appeal."7 The Court went on to state that to allow a hearing de novo as of right would be an inefficient use of resources, especially as a trustee has specialized knowledge and expertise in the field on which they are making a determination.8 However, the Court also stated that where it is alleged that the trustee has made a reviewable error, the court may permit the creditor to adduce fresh evidence where it would be in the interests of justice to do so.9

On the issue of the appropriate standards of review for the decisions of a trustee in disallowing a claim, the standard depends on the nature of the decision. Where the appeal is based on a trustee erring in law, the standard of review is correctness. Where the error alleged is factual, the standard is reasonableness.10

In Re Sran, 2010 BCSC 937 ("Sran"), the Court followed the decision in Galaxy, before going one step further and determining when fresh evidence would be admissible. The Court, quoting Scott v. Scott, 2006 BCCA 504 ("Scott"), held that fresh evidence would be admissible where:

the evidence was not discoverable by reasonable diligence before the end of the trial; that the evidence is credible; that it would be practically conclusive of an issue before the court; and that if believed, the evidence could have affected the result of the trial.11

As the recent case law in British Columbia has not permitted a hearing de novo as of right to a creditor appealing a disallowance, counsel must ensure that they bring all the evidence to the attention of the trustee when putting forth a proof of claim. If counsel has new evidence that they wish to adduce at the appeal, they must either be able to meet the requirements in Scott or show that not admitting the new evidence would be unjust in the circumstances.

4. Section 163 Examinations

Section 163 gives the trustee the broad power to examine the bankrupt, any person who would be reasonably thought to know the affairs of the bankrupt, or any person who is or has been an agent, clerk, officer, director or employee with respect to the bankrupt or the bankrupt's dealings. Essentially, this section gives the trustee the power to examine any person who is capable of providing information on the bankrupt. While a trustee cannot act on their own in conducting an examination under section 163, they only require either an ordinary resolution of the creditors or a resolution passed by the majority of the inspectors. Most importantly, a trustee does not require an order of the Court to conduct such an examination. A trustee is also not limited to conducting the examination of a single person, but is entitled to examine as many persons as it considers necessary and for which it can obtain the requisite creditor or inspector approvals. A trustee may examine a person more than once under section 163.12

In addition to conducting an examination under section 163, a trustee can require the person being examined to produce any books, documents, correspondence, or other relevant papers relating to the bankrupt or the bankrupt's property. This includes documents that would be otherwise confidential, unless they are subject to solicitor/client privilege.13 Counsel can be examined by a trustee under this rule on issues and communications that are not subject to solicitor/client privilege.14

Creditors are also entitled to conduct such examinations under subsection 163(2), but require an order of the court to do so. A creditor is entitled to examine the trustee, the bankrupt, an inspector, another creditor, or any other relevant person that can provide information on the administration of the bankrupt's estate. If the creditor also seeks to have the examined person produce documents relevant to the administration of the bankrupt's estate, the creditor must include this in their application for examination. However, the court will only grant the order where the creditor can show that their "efforts are directed at assisting the estate generally [and not at assisting the creditor's] private remedies as a secured creditor of [the debtor], which is not a permissible use of [subsection] 163(2)."15

The powers of examination given under section 163 are very broad. A trustee is entitled to ask the person being examined any questions regarding the bankrupt, the bankrupt's property, and the causes of bankruptcy. While a creditor is more limited in the scope of its examination, it is still entitled to ask any questions regarding the administration of the bankrupt's estate. The courts have determined that a person being examined is not entitled to refuse to answer a relevant question on the grounds that it may incriminate them.16

Subsection 163(3) provides for the use of information obtained in an examination under either subsection 163(1) or 163(2), stating that a transcribed examination must be filed in the court. This information can then be read in to any civil proceedings to which the examined person is a party. However, to the extent that such evidence is self‐incriminating, the information may not be used in criminal proceedings per section 13 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms17 and subsection 5(2) of the Evidence Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C‐5, although a trustee may use such evidence to obtain leave to institute criminal proceedings under section 205 of the BIA.18

Section 163 is an exceptionally useful tool for counsel to trustees and creditors, as it greatly assists in locating and collecting as much of the bankrupt's assets as possible and leads to a more fulsome recovery for creditors. In addition, it provides evidence that can be read in at any other civil proceedings to which the examined person is a party. This would be particularly useful, for example, in a situation where a director of a bankrupt company was examined and the examining creditor was engaged in a proceeding against the director in his or her personal capacity.

5. Waiving Solicitor/Client Privilege on behalf of a Bankrupt Company

The waiver of Solicitor/Client privilege by a bankrupt company is a difficult matter and one distinct from the waiver of such privilege by an individual bankrupt. As there is nothing in the BIA that either gives or denies a trustee the right to waive solicitor/client privilege on behalf of a company, the courts have had to turn to the common law for guidance on the issue.

The case law is very clear that the right to waive privilege in relation to pre‐bankruptcy legal advice given to a bankrupt company is not a right conferred on the trustee.19 In St. Anne, the Court highlighted the fact that the legislature chose to give a trustee very wide powers under the BIA, but made no mention anywhere of the right to waive privilege on behalf of the bankrupt.20 Additionally, the Court pointed out that a corporate bankrupt still exists post‐bankruptcy and so would be able to waive privilege if it wanted to do so.21 Most importantly, the Court recognized that a trustee acts for the creditors and not the bankrupt, and is often in conflict with the bankrupt.22 As such, the Court refused to permit the trustee to waive privilege.

In Bre‐X, the Court determined that the trustee was not permitted to waive privilege on behalf of the company, regardless of the fact that all the directors of the company had resigned.23 The Court stated that the resignation of all the directors and officers of the company did not make waiver of privilege impossible, as a meeting of the remaining shareholders could be called to deal with the issue, such as by electing new directors.

Confirming the decision in Bre‐X, the Court in Ultra Information Systems Inc. v. Pushor Mitchell LLP (2008), 45 C.B.R. (5th) 108 ("Ultra") held that only current directors have the ability to waive privilege on behalf of the company. Former directors of a bankrupt company are not permitted to waive privilege on behalf of the company, regardless of whether they were directors at the time the privileged communication was created.24

While some cases prior to Bre‐X appeared to indicate that a trustee would be able to waive privilege in certain circumstances, the most recent cases on the issue have not given the trustee such a right. The Court in Bre‐X mentions that those cases that did permit the waiving of privilege dealt with fraudulent or criminal behaviour, which is an exception to the privilege rule.25

In the event that privileged information is required by the trustee, attempts should be made to ask the directors of the company to waive privilege on behalf of the company. If there are no directors of the company, the trustee should attempt to deal with the matter through a shareholders' meeting to either elect directors or deal directly with the issue. A solicitor faced with a request for privileged materials by a trustee should ensure that privilege has been waived by the current directors of the company before disclosing such information.

6. Claiming Legal Costs in an Insolvency Proceeding

Recovery of legal costs in insolvency proceedings can be a difficult procedure, as the ability of counsel to claim costs depends on the work performed, the timing of the work, and for whom the work was done.

Subsection 197(4) of the BIA permits the recovery of costs from the estate of the bankrupt only where such costs have been authorized by the trustee in writing or where such costs have been awarded against the trustee. If there is no written authorization for legal fees, such fees will not be payable out of the bankrupt's estate. In the event that the estate has insufficient costs to cover the permitted legal fees, the BIA sets out, in subsection 197(6), a priority structure as follows:

  1. Commissions on collections;
  2. Costs incurred by the trustee after bankruptcy, but prior to the first meeting, where such fees are authorized by either the court or the creditors;
  3. Costs on an assignment or incurred by the application creditor up to the issue of a bankruptcy order;
  4. Costs awarded against the estate or the trustee;
  5. Costs for legal services otherwise rendered to the trustee or the estate.

Counsel acting for the bankrupt prior to the assignment into bankruptcy for work done in connection with the assignment into bankruptcy will be entitled to have their legal costs payable out of the estate, even though such costs are not approved by the trustee.26 Additionally, the legal costs for a creditor who petitions a debtor into bankruptcy will generally be payable out of the estate of the bankrupt, unless the court otherwise orders.27 Counsel is not entitled to submit claims for fees for legal services provided to the debtor post‐bankruptcy. Such fees may be claimed against the debtor and will survive a discharge of the bankrupt, but may not be claimed against the estate.28 The Court also does not have the jurisdiction to give counsel a charge over the assets of the bankrupt for past or future legal fees incurred by the bankrupt.29 However, if a debtor plans to make a proposal under section 50 of the BIA, the terms of such a proposal could include the payment of legal fees incurred or future legal fees.30

If counsel is preparing to request a stay to put forward a plan of arrangement under the CCAA, counsel should request a super‐priority administrative charge in the initial order to cover the legal fees it expects to incur on behalf of the debtor in relation to the plan. Under section 11.52 of the CCAA, the court is permitted to make an order granting a charge over all the debtor's property for certain administrative fees incurred by the debtor company during CCAA proceedings. As the court is entitled to fix the amount of such a charge at a level they consider appropriate, Counsel should ensure that they provide a thorough estimate of administrative fees in their request. Subsection 11.52(1) of the CCAA permits the court to award an administrative charge for the following fees:

  1. The monitor's fees, including the any legal, financial or expert fees incurred by the monitor in the performance of their duties.
  2. Any financial, legal or expert fees incurred by the debtor company for the purpose of the CCAA proceedings.
  3. Any financial, legal or expert fees incurred by any other interested party, provided they satisfy the court that such a charge is necessary for effective participation in the proceedings.

In light of the fact that several fees are covered by the administrative charge, counsel making the request for the charge should ensure that they incorporate estimates from all other parties eligible to claim against the charge into their request. Some of the factors that the Court may take into consideration in determining the appropriateness of both the administrative charge itself and the amount are:

  1. the size and complexity of the businesses being restructured;
  2. the proposed role of the beneficiaries of the charge;
  3. whether there is an unwarranted duplication of roles;
  4. whether the quantum of the proposed charge appears to be fair and reasonable;
  5. the position of the secured creditors likely to be affected by the charge; and
  6. the position of the Monitor.31

As this list is by no means exhaustive, counsel should, in addition to addressing these factors, address any other factors that may be relevant to the court's decision to grant or deny the order. Finally, it is important to note that such a request cannot be made ex parte. Subsection 11.52(1) specifically requires that notice be given to all secured creditors likely to be affected by the charge before the Court may grant such an order.

Ensuring that counsel has requested such super‐priority in the initial order is essential, as counsel will be an unsecured creditor in respect of its fees if it does not make this request and the plan fails. If this happens, counsel will be far less likely to recover than they would if they had requested and received a super‐priority charge on the assets.

7. Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy and Insolvency

7.1 Ex Parte Orders

There are a number of ethical issues facing lawyers today in bankruptcy and insolvency litigation. One of the main issues is the level of disclosure in ex parte applications, such as those for a stay of proceedings in order to file a proposal under the BIA or a plan under the CCAA. The courts have held that counsel must make full and frank disclosure of all material facts and circumstances that may be relevant to the court's decision, as the court does not have the benefit of opposing counsel to ensure that all facts are brought to their attention.32 Counsel must note that this includes facts that may be harmful to the applicant's case. While the client may request that counsel present only the facts that assist in the application, counsel has a duty to the court to put forward all relevant information, particularly in the cases of ex parte applications where the bankrupt's counsel is the only counsel present. If counsel fails to make full and frank disclosure, the ex parte order will likely be set aside.33 As there can be serious consequences to an ex parte order made on deficient facts, counsel must make sure that they have all the relevant facts and present those facts to the court in any ex parte application.

The court will not accept an excuse from counsel that there was insufficient time to prepare such materials.34 While ex parte applications are generally brought on an urgent basis, counsel should ensure that they take the time to include all relevant materials available to them at the time of application. In addition to ensuring that full and frank disclosure is made, counsel should also ensure that applications made ex parte are necessary. Orders obtained through ex parte applications, where insufficient reasons were found for bringing such applications ex parte, may vacated regardless of whether counsel made full and frank disclosure in such application.35 In making any ex parte application, counsel must provide reasons for not providing notice to the other parties, such as urgency due to a potential seizure of assets, or the court may refuse to grant such an order without notice to other parties.

7.2 Solicitor/Client Privilege

It has been well established that "solicitor‐client privilege is an essential element of the judicial system that will be rigorously protected by the law and which will not yield to any but the most essential exceptions."36 However, the bankruptcy and insolvency process can make keeping such protections more difficult. This difficultly is particularly prominent where a trustee of a corporate bankrupt wishes to access and use privileged materials in the bankruptcy proceedings for the benefit of the creditors. In these circumstances, the bankrupt's prior counsel must ensure that the bankrupt has waived privilege over the materials before providing such information to the trustee. In the case of a corporate bankrupt, counsel must obtain a waiver from the company's current directors or through a shareholder's resolution, if the company has no directors.

Previous counsel for the bankrupt may also find themselves subject to an examination under section 163 of the BIA. In this case, counsel must ensure that they take care to protect privileged communications, while answering all questions that do not require privileged information honestly. If required to produce documents, counsel must produce all documents, even if confidential, unless they are privileged. In these circumstances, counsel must take special care to cooperate with the examination process while at the same time protecting privileged information until the bankrupt has waived privilege.

As the trustee acts for the creditors and not the bankrupt, former solicitors for the bankrupt are not entitled to act for the trustee once the bankrupt makes an assignment into bankruptcy.37 As the holders of privileged materials, acting for the trustee puts the solicitor in a position of conflict that cannot be resolved. Counsel has access to privileged information that it should be protecting, but at the same time knows it has information useful to the trustee, which it may feel obligated to provide.38 While counsel may believe that the trustee stands in the place of the bankrupt entirely and their interests are aligned, this is not the case as the trustee acts in the interest of the creditors. Even in the case of a corporate bankrupt, the bankrupt continues to survive post‐bankruptcy and continues to have interests that may or may not be in line with the trustees. If a solicitor's firm has previously acted for the bankrupt, but the solicitor has not, the solicitor may only act for the trustee where the strong presumption of shared information amongst firm members is overcome.39


1 Royal Bank v. King (1991), 13 C.B.R. (3d) 292 (Ont. Gen. Div.).

2 Re Dominion Trustco Corp. (1997), 45 C.B.R. (3d) 25 (Ont. Gen. Div.) at para. 17.

3 L.W. Houlden, Geoffrey Morawetz, and Janis Sarra, The 2011 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, (Toronto: Carswell, 2010) at 98 (Houlden).

4 Re Beothic Fish Processors Ltd., 2009 NLTD 19, at para. 4 [Beothic]

5 Toyota Canada Inc. v. Imperial Richmond Holdings Ltd. (1993), 10 Alta. L.R. (3d) 127 (A.B.Q.B.).

6 Beothic, supra at para. 4.

7 Galaxy, supra at para. 40. See also Johnson v. Erdman (trustee of) (2005), 276 Sask.R. 10 (S.K.Q.B.) [Johnson] and Re Tong, 2008 BCSC 814.

8 Galaxy, supra at para. 41.

9 Ibid. at para. 42.

10 Johnson, supra at para. 7.

11 Scott, supra at para. 16 in Sran, supra at para. 29.

12 Chiang (Trustee of) v. Chiang (2008), 44 C.B.R. (5th) 145 (Ont. S.C.J.) at para. 4.

13 Re Cygnus Industries Ltd. (1990), 80 C.B.R. (N.S.) 220 (Ont. Gen. Div.).

14 Re Canadian Triton International Ltd. (1998), 3 C.B.R. (4th) 231. (Ont. Sup. Ct.) at para. 9.

15 Re Dave, 2010 ABQB 358, 69 C.B.R. (5th) 65 at para. 13.

16 Re Rieger Printing Ink Co. (2009) 94 O.R. (3d) 440 (Ont. S.C.J.) at paras. 13‐14.

17 The Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (U.K.), 1982, c. 11.

18 Houlden, supra at 743‐744.

19 See Re St. Anne‐Nackawic Pulp Co. (2005), 12 C.B.R. (5th) 65 (N.B.Q.B.) [St. Anne] and Bre‐X Minerals Ltd. (Trustee of) v. Verchere (2001), 206 D.L.R. (4th) 280 (A

20 St. Anne, supra at para. 8.

21 Ibid. at para. 10.

22 Ibid.

23 Bre‐X, supra at para. 65.

24 Ultra, supra at para. 19.

25 Bre‐X, supra at para. 40.

26 Houlden, supra at 885.

27 Subsection 45(1) of the BIA.

28 Downey v. Charland (1943), 26 C.B.R. 268 (Que.S.C.) in Houlden, supra at 886.

29 Re Melnitzer (1991), 9 C.B.R. (3d) 30 (Ont. Bktcy.).

30 Anderson v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, 1999 CarswellOnt 1896 (Ont. Gen. Div.).

31 Re Canwest Publishing Inc., 2010 ONSC 222, 63 C.B.R. (5th) 115 at para. 54.

32 United States of America v. Friedland, [1996] O.J. No. 4399 (Ont. Gen. Div.) at para. 27.

33 Forestwood Co‐operative Homes Inc. v. Pritz (2002), 156 O.A.C. 359 (Ont. S.C.J.) at para. 25.

34 Patel v. Shikar Properties Inc. (2009), 176 A.C.W.S. (3d) 1134 (Ont. S.C.J.) at para. 49.

35 Re Marine Drive Properties Ltd., 2009 BCSC 145 at para. 47.

36 Refco Alberta Inc. v. Nipsco Energy Services Inc. (2002), 42 C.B.R. (4th) 292 at para. 28. See also R. v. McClure [2001] 1 S.C.R. 445 and Bre‐X, supra.

37 West Edmonton Mall Property Inc. v. Duncan and Craig, [2001] 11 W.W.R. 615 (A.B.C.A.).

38 Ibid. at para. 6.

39 Ibid. at para. 9.

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We require site users to register with Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to view the free information on the site. We also collect information from our users at several different points on the websites: this is so that we can customise the sites according to individual usage, provide 'session-aware' functionality, and ensure that content is acquired and developed appropriately. This gives us an overall picture of our user profiles, which in turn shows to our Editorial Contributors the type of person they are reaching by posting articles on Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) – meaning more free content for registered users.

We are only able to provide the material on the Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) site free to site visitors because we can pass on information about the pages that users are viewing and the personal information users provide to us (e.g. email addresses) to reputable contributing firms such as law firms who author those pages. We do not sell or rent information to anyone else other than the authors of those pages, who may change from time to time. Should you wish us not to disclose your details to any of these parties, please tick the box above or tick the box marked "Opt out of Registration Information Disclosure" on the Your Profile page. We and our author organisations may only contact you via email or other means if you allow us to do so. Users can opt out of contact when they register on the site, or send an email to with “no disclosure” in the subject heading

Mondaq News Alerts

In order to receive Mondaq News Alerts, users have to complete a separate registration form. This is a personalised service where users choose regions and topics of interest and we send it only to those users who have requested it. Users can stop receiving these Alerts by going to the Mondaq News Alerts page and deselecting all interest areas. In the same way users can amend their personal preferences to add or remove subject areas.


A cookie is a small text file written to a user’s hard drive that contains an identifying user number. The cookies do not contain any personal information about users. We use the cookie so users do not have to log in every time they use the service and the cookie will automatically expire if you do not visit the Mondaq website (or its affiliate sites) for 12 months. We also use the cookie to personalise a user's experience of the site (for example to show information specific to a user's region). As the Mondaq sites are fully personalised and cookies are essential to its core technology the site will function unpredictably with browsers that do not support cookies - or where cookies are disabled (in these circumstances we advise you to attempt to locate the information you require elsewhere on the web). However if you are concerned about the presence of a Mondaq cookie on your machine you can also choose to expire the cookie immediately (remove it) by selecting the 'Log Off' menu option as the last thing you do when you use the site.

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies and we are not aware of any at present that do so.

Log Files

We use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Mondaq (or its affiliate sites) are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of these third party sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose any information requested. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and delivery address), and demographic information (such as postcode, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the functionality of the site.


If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Mondaq stores this information and may contact the friend to invite them to register with Mondaq, but they will not be contacted more than once. The friend may contact Mondaq to request the removal of this information from our database.


This website takes every reasonable precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected using firewalls and other security technology. If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as postcode), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavour to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user’s personal data provided to us. This can usually be done at the “Your Profile” page or by sending an email to

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our Terms & Conditions or Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on our site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

How to contact Mondaq

You can contact us with comments or queries at

If for some reason you believe Mondaq Ltd. has not adhered to these principles, please notify us by e-mail at and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to determine and correct the problem promptly.