Big Suits: McCarthys seminar a “whirlwind tour”

On Wednesday, over a catered lunch of chicken and salad, six partners from McCarthy Tétrault’s National Appellate Litigation Group spoke about recent landmark commercial appeals, many of which were argued by them.

It was, as partner and speaker Geoff Hall quipped,

a whirlwind tour of the law.

It’s likely the participants in the seminar  – corporate counsel and senior executives responsible for directing legal operations – had a handle on at least some of these cases. But for those participants who wanted more detailed knowledge about a particular decision, or those who wanted the information made relevant to them, the speakers delivered an enthusiastic rundown of the following:

  • Neil Finkelstein, the most senior litigation expert at the event, spoke about competition class actions at the Supreme Court of Canada, touching on price-fixing claims cases (Sun-Rype, Microsoft) and the copyright appeals heard by the Court early this year, including SOCAN v. Bell or the Apple i-Tunes case;
  • Dana Peebles spoke on Sharbern Holdings Inc. v. Vancouver Airport Centre Ltd.;
  • Sarit Batner spoke on Combined Mechanical Services Inc v. Flesch;
  • Geoff Hall spoke on Re Indalex and;
  • Brandon Kain spoke on Seidel v. TELUS Communications

To cap off the event, Chris Wayland examined the tactical issue of how to work with intervenors on appeals, and why this should be front-of-mind.

As the editor at Lexpert responsible for the Big Suits section, I am always interested in receiving your case descriptions, and especially those about significance appeals.

Be sure to check out this month’s Big Suits section, which takes a look at the SCC’s recent reference on securities regulation.

Thank you to the McCarthys team (who also have a blog called Canadian Appeals Monitor) for an informative seminar.

– Gena Smith

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