The Canadian Supreme Court holds that class action plaintiffs can obtain wiretap evidence (Imperial oil)

Class action plaintiffs can obtain wiretap evidence* Class action plaintiffs can obtain court-ordered disclosure of wiretap evidence obtained by the Competition Bureau, Canada’s Supreme Court held today in Imperial Oil v Jacques. This decision will make it easier for plaintiffs to obtain evidence in price fixing cases by effectively allowing second-hand wiretapping. Over 220,000 intercepts The plaintiffs were seeking production from the Competition Bureau of wiretap intercepts it obtained in the course of its investigation into retail gasoline price fixing in Quebec. Initially the plaintiffs sought all 220,000 intercepts of private communications. Later, they narrowed the motion to the 5,175 intercepts that had been produced to the accused in criminal proceedings. The intercepts

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Michael Osborne, The Canadian Supreme Court holds that class action plaintiffs can obtain wiretap evidence (Imperial oil), 17 October 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2014, Art. N° 69784

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