The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, all in civil cases. Two Quebec cases involve corporations being sued for professional misconduct or breach of contract, while a British Columbia case has to do with contract law as it concerns subsidized tenants with trust funds. Finally, Rogers Communications is seeking payment from a film production company for producing customer records.
April 23 – Quebec – Brunette v. Legault Joly Thiffault
Civil law: Between 2004 and 2008, the Melior Group, which was made up of a large number of corporations whose share capital was held by 9143 1304 Québec inc., developed projects to build, renovate and manage seniors’ residences. In 2009, Revenu Québec issued notices of assessment, accompanied by collection action, against several corporations in the Group. This resulted in the bankruptcy of several of those corporations and of 9143 1304 Québec inc. The applicants, which were trustees of Fiducie Maynard 2004, the sole shareholder of 9143 1304 Québec inc., instituted a civil liability action for the loss in the value of the trust patrimony against the nine corporate respondents, which they alleged to have committed professional misconduct in setting up a tax structure that was supposed to manage the corporations’ consumption taxes in accordance with regulations.
Read the appellate court decision here.