Appeals - Case Summaries
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Constitutional Law – Distribution of Powers – Navigation and Shipping – Salvage
Gulf Log Salvage Co-Operative Assoc. v. Early Recovered Resources, 2003 FCA 35
This case concerned the constitutional validity of the Log Salvage Regulations of British Columbia. An application for summary judgment was brought by the Province of British Columbia for a declaration that the Regulations were valid. The motions Judge dismissed that application leaving no doubt that he considered the Regulations ultra vires (2002 FCT 184). The Province of British Columbia appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal but the Court of Appeal held that it was not appropriate to rule on the constitutional validity of a statute except upon an adequate record and that there was not an adequate record before the Court.
Appeals - Stay Pending Appeal
Saskatchewan Wheat Pool v. Armonikos Corp. Ltd., 2002 FCA 444
In this matter the Appellant applied for a stay of a judgement pending appeal. The judgement appealed from had ordered that the Federal Court proceedings be stayed in favour of London arbitration pursuant to an arbitration clause in a charter party. The court noted that the test to be applied was three-fold: (a) there must be a serious issue to be tried; (b) the applicant must show irreparable harm will result if a stay is not granted; and, (c) that the balance of convenience favours granting a stay. The court held that the first part of the test had been met as the appeal was not frivolous or vexatious. The court held the second part of the test had also been met in that the London arbitration had already and prematurely been commenced and the Appellant had lost its right to appoint an arbitrator. Moreover, if the Respondent obtained and collected an award, the Appellant would not be able to recover the payment, if successful on the appeal, as the Respondent had no Canadian assets. Finally, on the question of balance of convenience, the court held that the balance favoured granting the stay to avoid the costs and effort of the arbitration and because the Appellant was prepared to post security.
Appeals - Dismissal for Delay
Korea Heavy Industries & Const. Co. Ltd. v. Polar Steamship Line, 2002 FCA 173
This was an application to dismiss an appeal for delay in failing to file appeal books within the prescribed time. The facts were that the Plaintiffs had notified the Defendants of their intention to examine representatives of the Defendants for discovery but failed to do so and failed to move their case forward. As a consequence, a Prothonotary ordered that the Plaintiffs were precluded from examining the Defendants and set down guidelines for the continuation of the action. The Prothonotary’s order was affirmed on appeal to a Judge of the Court. The Plaintiffs further appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal but failed to file the Appeal Books in time. The Defendants then brought this motion to dismiss the appeal for delay. The Plaintiffs did not appear on the motion and the Court of Appeal granted the order dismissing the appeal with costs.
Stay of Proceedings - Jurisdiction Clause - Appeals Prothonotaries
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. v. Anraj Fish Products Industries Ltd. et al., 2000 CanLII 15628
This was an appeal from an order of a Motions Judge in which the Motions Judge overturned the order of a Prothonotary staying the action on the grounds of a jurisdiction clause in the bill of lading selecting Korea as the appropriate jurisdiction. The Federal Court of Appeal stated that the standard of review on an appeal of this sort, whether from a decision of a Motions Judge or a Prothonotary, is that the court of appeal must uphold the order unless it was arrived at on a wrong basis or was plainly wrong. The Court of Appeal noted that the court should not microscopically examine the reasons of the Motions Judge or Prothonotary in applying this test and held that the Motions Judge had erred in overturning the decision of the Prothonotary. The Court of Appeal further re-stated that prima facie an application to stay proceedings based on a jurisdiction or arbitration clause must succeed unless "strong reasons" are shown that it would not be reasonable or just to enforce the clause. The Court examined the factors set out in The Eleftheria,  1 Lloyd’s Rep.237, (i.e. the country in which the issues of fact are situated, the applicable law, the country with which the parties are most closely connected, whether the defendant genuinely desires trial in a foreign country and the prejudice to the plaintiff of litigating in a foreign country) and concluded that there were not strong reasons to decline to enforce the jurisdiction clause. In the result, the action was stayed.