Posts Tagged ‘Quebec Superior Court’

The Gloaming of International Human Rights in Canada?

November 1, 2012

I prevously blogged about  Bill C-10 (short title: Safe Streets and Communities Act), an omnibus criminal law statute, which received Royal Assent on March 13, 2012 —which includes the “Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and to amend the State Immunity Act” ["JVTA"] —creating a specific cause of action for victims of terrorism, enabling them to sue for loss or damage as a result of actions punishable under the Criminal Code. This part also amends the State Immunity Act (“SIA”) lifting state immunity of foreign states that sponsor terrorism or terrorist activity, but does nothing to improve the prospects for access to justice to Canadian victims of torture and war crimes.

Recently, the Quebec Court of Appeal in Islamic Republic of Iran c. Hashemi, 2012 QCCA 1449 (CanLII) upheld state immunity for torture of Canadian citizens abroad. See my previous post here.

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada denied an application for leave to appeal in Association canadienne contre l’impunité v. Anvil Mining Limited (Québec C.A., January 24, 2012) (34733). The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) issued a press release describing the Court’s decision denying leave as the “end of any judicial relief in Canada for victims of the Kilwa massacre”. The CCIJ adds: (more…)

Quebec Court of Appeal Upholds State Immunity for Torture

August 29, 2012

The Quebec Court of Appeal in Islamic Republic of Iran c. Hashemi, 2012 QCCA 1449 (CanLII) has upheld state immunity for torture of Canadian citizens abroad. The judgment was delivered by Morrisette J.A. (Wagner and Gascon JJ.A. concurring). (more…)

Quebec judge issues Letters Rogatory on alleged spoliation of evidence by US and UK lawyers

August 10, 2011
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The Quebec court decision in Conseil québécois sur le tabac et la santé c. JTI-MacDonald Corp., 2011 QCCS 2376 (CanLII), involved an application for letters rogatory in two tobacco industry class actions (recently settled on July 4, 2011,  between the Plaintiffs and the Government of Canada.  The Defendants had no part in this Agreement.)

The class plaintiffs sought to examine two attorneys: John Meltzer of London, England and David Schechter of Louisville, Kentucky, USA , whom they alleged were involved directly or indirectly with the spoliation of evidence (destruction of documents) by Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltee (“ITL”) during the early 1990’s:  Mr. Meltzer, then of the firm Lowell, White, Durrant, acted as outside counsel to British American Tobacco (“BAT“) and Mr. Schechter appears to have been in-house counsel at Brown and Williamson (“B&W“).

The Plaintiffs sought an order compelling each Attorney “to appear (near his place of business) to be examined, by way of a videoconference, by the attorneys for Petitioners on all facts of which he has knowledge with respect to the litigation between the parties and to give communication of any documents that may be in his possession and which are relevant to this litigation”. (more…)


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