Federal – no need to serve non-participating arbitral party with materials regarding post-recognition enforcement procedures

In Heddle Marine Service (NL) Inc. v. Kydy Sea (Ship), 2019 FC 1140, Mr. Justice Peter G. Pamel relieved a third party from serving a losing, non-participating arbitral party with court materials related to post-recognition enforcement measures instituted by the successful arbitral party.   The case offers a rare view into post-recognition skirmishes between an arbitral party and a third party competing over assets subject to judicial sale authorized as part of award enforcement.  The facts also confirm that the arbitration process – from award to execution on assets – will proceed whether a duly-notified arbitral party participates or not.

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Federal – confidentiality of arbitration must be re-established independently on appeal to court

In a pair of decisions, the Federal Court in Canadian National Railway Company v. Gibraltar Mines Ltd., 2019 FC 225 and in Canadian National Railway Company v. Gibraltar Mines Ltd., 2019 FC 963 held that there is no general principle that confidentiality of arbitration proceedings carries over to court when a party appeals the arbitral award.  Even if confidentiality was imposed by statute for the purpose of the arbitration, absent specific wording in the statute, confidentiality does not automatically extend into the courts which are open and public.

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Québec – distinctions for service and notice to banks offers guidance for arbitral practice

In 1068754 Alberta Ltd. v. Québec (Agence du revenu), 2019 SCC 37, on appeal from Québec, the Supreme Court of Canada distinguished between two (2) provisions of the Bank Act, SC 1991, c 46 which stipulate how to effectively serve banks with legal proceedings and provide notice.

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Federal Court of Appeal applies distinction between final offer arbitration and interest arbitration

In Laurentian Pilotage Authority v. Pilotes du Saint-Laurent Central Inc., 2018 FCA 117, the Federal Court of Appeal restored an arbitrator’s choice between two final awards, noting that the lower court’s judicial review had effectively converted the parties’ final offer arbitration into interest arbitration. In restoring the award, the Court refreshed guidelines on conducting final offer arbitration and distinguished it from interest arbitration. The reasons also identify arguments – compelling in principle but unsuccessful on the particular facts – to disqualify final offers which purportedly contain terms and conditions in conflict with legislation or exceed a party’s capacity to contract. Continue reading “Federal Court of Appeal applies distinction between final offer arbitration and interest arbitration”

Federal Court of Appeal notes 1890’s provincial undertakings to arbitrate with other provinces as predecessor to current court rule on jurisdiction

In Alberta v. Canada, 2018 FCA 83, the Federal Court of Appeal analyzed the legislative evolution of section 19 of the Federal Courts Act, RSC 1985, c F-7 to resolve a modern day challenge to the Federal Court’s jurisdiction over a Third Party Claim filed by Canada against Ontario regarding contribution and indemnification in an aboriginal law dispute.  In doing so, the Court drew attention to legislation from the 1890’s which confirmed the provincial undertakings to arbitrate against other provinces.  Those legislated undertakings, like many current private agreements, sought to solve difficult, albeit different, procedural challenges created by court litigation. Continue reading “Federal Court of Appeal notes 1890’s provincial undertakings to arbitrate with other provinces as predecessor to current court rule on jurisdiction”