Hurdles To Recognition and Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments

Sabrina Saltmarsh, B.A. (Hons), J.D.Commercial, Cross-Border Litigation, Debt and Enforcing Judgments, Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, Interjurisdictional Disputes, International Litigation, International Sale of Goods, International Sale of Goods Arbitrator, International Trade Fraud, International Traders, Jurisdictional Challenges, Letters Rogatory, Of Interest to US Counsel, Offshore, Request for International Judicial Assistance0 Comments

In the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision of H.M.B. Holdings Limited v. Antigua and Barbuda, 2020 ONCA 12, the Court of Appeal rendered a split (2-1) decision regarding the recognition of a foreign judgment which muddies the waters on the analysis to be applied to s.3(b) of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. R.5 (REJA) Original Judgment: In this case H.M.B. Holdings Limited (HMB) was successful in obtaining judgment on February 26, 2014, against Antigua and Barbuda from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the JCPC), which is the highest court of appeal for certain British territories and Commonwealth countries including Antigua and Barbuda. The case related to damages sought by HMB due to the expropriation of resort lands by the Antiguan government. The case has garnered some media attention because of the manner in which the lands were expropriated. HMB then brought a common law … Read More

Letters Rogatory | Letters of Request | Request for International Judicial Assistance | Commission Evidence 

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer and ArbitratorCross-Border Litigation, Letters Rogatory0 Comments

Free Initial Consultation for US Attorneys  Canada is not a party to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory. Accordingly, we are frequently consulted by US attorneys on behalf of parties to US litigation, and retained to advise upon and obtain enforcement in the courts in Ontario Canada of US court issued Letters Rogatory,  Letters of Request or Request for International Judicial Assistance. These sometimes pertain only to the production of documents and other times require the examination in Ontario, Canada of a non-party to the US litigation, or both. We advise on the likely range of costs involved in intended enforcement proceedings. Early retention allows us to advise whether the intended Letters Rogatory,  Letters of Request or Request for International Judicial Assistance would likely be enforced by the court in Ontario, Canada. Discovery Deadlines in US Proceedings  We are mindful that US attorneys are often working with discovery deadlines within which to complete all examination (deposition) and document production. Once retained, we can proceed efficiently to … Read More