The Canadian Supreme Court confirms plaintiffs’ ability to obtain disclosure of wiretap evidence obtained in connection with criminal competition law investigations (Imperial Oil)

Canadian Supreme Court Clears Criminal Wiretap Evidence For Use in Competition Class Actions* In an important decision released on October 17, 2014, Imperial Oil v. Jacques, 2014 SCC 66, the Canadian Supreme Court confirmed plaintiffs’ ability to obtain disclosure of wiretap evidence obtained in connection with criminal competition law investigations. This case was an appeal from a decision of the Quebec Superior Court. The lower court granted a motion by Quebec class action plaintiffs for disclosure of wiretap recordings obtained by the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) in connection with its ongoing Quebec gas price-fixing investigation. During the investigation the Bureau intercepted and recorded some 220,000 private communications pursuant to seven court

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Steve Szentesi, The Canadian Supreme Court confirms plaintiffs’ ability to obtain disclosure of wiretap evidence obtained in connection with criminal competition law investigations (Imperial Oil), 17 October 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2014, Art. N° 69489

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