D.E. & Sons Fisheries Ltd. v. Goreham

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This case involved an action by a fish processing company to enforce an alleged agreement by a fisherman to hold a lobster licence as nominee for the company. Upon a summary judgement application, the court gave judgement for the fish processing company and ordered the fisherman to execute all necessary documents to transfer the licence to a nominee of the fish processor. The fisherman appealed the decision and sought a stay of execution of the order pending appeal.

The Court of Appeal applied the test set out in Fulton Insurance Agencies Ltd. v. Purdy (1990), 100 N.S.R. 92d) 341 (C.A.) to deny the stay for the following reasons:

(1) The applicant satisfied the first part of the test by establishing it had an arguable case on the appeal;

(2) Since the applicant could be compensated in damages and the respondent appeared to have the financial ability to pay the damages, there was no irreparable harm; and

(3)There were no exceptional circumstances, such as an egregious error on the face of the judgement, which would make it fit and just to grant a stay.