Friday, November 18, 2016

Failure to comply with CBCA not, standing alone, oppressive conduct

Mennillo v. Intramodal inc, 2016 SCC 51:

There are two elements of an oppression claim. The claimant must first identify the expectations that he or she claims have been violated and establish that the expectations were reasonably held. Then the claimant must show that those reasonable expectations were violated by conduct falling within the statutory terms, that is, conduct that was oppressive, unfairly prejudicial to or unfairly disregarding of the interests of any security holder.

The fact that a corporation fails to comply with the requirements of the CBCA does not, on its own, constitute oppression. What may trigger the remedy is conduct that frustrates reasonable expectations, not simply conduct that is contrary to the CBCA 

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