Commercial Litigation 2018

Course Date: June 22, 2018

Total: 4h 59min

Welcome and Introduction 

Fraud in Civil Proceedings

  • is 'civil' fraud distinguishable from fraudulent misrepresentation
  • the life cycle of a fraud claim

Claire E. Hunter — Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver
D. Ross McGowan — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver 
Abbas Sabur — Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP, Vancouver 

Restitution and Equity 

  • pleadings and the elements of a claim for restitution
  • restitution in the face of illegal conduct
  • restitutionary remedies including constructive trusts
  • accounting and tracing

The Honourable Mr. Justice Geoffrey B. Gomery — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Scott A. Turner — Burns Fitzpatrick LLP, Vancouver


Arbitration Practice 

  • when to choose arbitration or litigation
  • choosing your arbitrator
  • bespoke arbitration—tailoring your process to the needs of your dispute
  • amendments to the International Commercial Arbitration Act 

Ludmila B. Herbst, QCFarris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Joseph C. McArthurBlake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver
Emily KirkpatrickMcEwan Partners, Vancouver 

Networking Lunch

Certificates of Pending Litigation 

  • an overview of the legislative framework in the Land Title Act and other statutes to file CPLs
  • an overview of the circumstances and procedure to discharge CPLs, including:
    • recent developments and implications of Bilin v. Sidhu, 2017 BCCA 429 and Berthin v. Berthin, 2018 BCCA 57
    • when do CPLs constitute an abuse of process

Eric Bojm — Bojm & Funt LLP, Vancouver
Malcolm B. Funt — Bojm & Funt LLP, Vancouver

Shareholder Remedies 

  • overview of opression proceedings and derivative actions, including:
    • recent trends and developments including Jaguar Financial Corp. v. Alternative Earth Resources Inc., 2016 BCCA 193 and Minnillo v. Intramodal Inc., 2016 SCC 51
    • can a minority shareholder be removed?
  • an overview of dissent proceedings, including:
    • recent trends and developments including InterOil Corp v. Mulacek, 2016 YKCA 14

Robert W. Cooper, QC — McEwan Partners, Vancouver 
Alexandra C. Luchenko — Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver
Peter R. Senkpiel — Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP, Vancouver 


The Doctrine of Abuse of Process 

  • inconsistent pleadings, positions, and evidence; illegal bargains, abuse of process, and the administration of justice
  • commercial relationships and cause of action estoppel? When is enough enough?
  • inconsistent factual allegations in related and unrelated proceedings
  • just the facts: the re-litigation of factual findings in a subsequent cause of action

J. Kenneth McEwan, QC — McEwan Partners, Vancouver 
Sheila M. Tucker, QC — Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP, Vancouver 

Closing Comments