Québec – Stay of arbitrator’s decision to add third parties, force them to meet timetable, and refusal to hear them without payment – #553

In Mullen v Nakisa inc., 2021 QCCS 4388, Justice Granosik granted applications to stay an arbitration as against parties who were added as cross-respondents, even though they were not parties to the arbitration agreement, pending judicial review of the arbitrator’s decision to add them. Justice Granosik was concerned that the applicants could be deprived of their right to have a matter determined by a court, and even risked having the arbitration take place in their absence.

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Québec – confidentiality order denied in court proceedings; parties reminded of confidential arbitration as an alternative – #526

In Douville v St-Germain, 2021 QCCS 3374, Justice Daniel Urbas denied a Defendant’s application for a confidentiality order in a defamation action, but reminded the parties that they could submit their dispute to arbitration, which would afford them the protection sought. Justice Urbas found that the applicant failed to establish a serious risk to an important public interest, but that a further application could be made in due time to seek the protection of specific exhibits or information.

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Québec – case referred to arbitration despite some parties and some claims possibly not covered by the arbitration agreement – #517

In Césario v Régnoux, 2021 QCCS 3009, Justice Johanne Mainville granted Defendants’ application to the Court to decline jurisdiction and refer the parties to arbitration (declinatory exception). Justice Mainville held that the record did not allow her to rule on the Court’s jurisdiction because of unanswered questions regarding the relationship between the parties and their conduct prior to executing the arbitration agreement. The arbitrator must therefore first rule on its own jurisdiction, even though Justice Mainville noted that some parties and some claims were possibly not covered by the arbitration agreement.

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