A judge who’s calling escalating prices on the court’s time has given the parties in a bankruptcy proceeding just two weeks to file a joint litigation plan after he took over aggressive management of the case.
Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown made the order in Atlas Holdings v. Vratsidas last Thursday. It stemmed from the 2007 bankruptcy of Canaclean Building Services Inc., from which Atlas Holdings is seeking $251,000 in outstanding claims. According to the ruling, George Vratsidas and his family allegedly diverted Canaclean customers to a numbered company and later First Maintenance Solutions Ltd. that they had incorporated in the meantime.
But the dispute has since become bogged down in disputes over document production. In June, for example, the court ordered the defendants to provide information about its customers within 10 days of an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling in the case. The appeal court issued written reasons dismissing the appeal on Sept. 6, but First Maintenance and Vratsidas have only partially complied with the court order given their concern that the plaintiff is a competitor, Brown noted. In his ruling last week, Brown, citing the plaintiff’s agreement to restrict access to the documents to its own counsel, said the defendants had breached the court’s order.