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Supreme Court of Canada finds bankrupt energy company cannot ignore environmental obligations

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has overturned the Alberta Court of Appeal, and determined that a bankrupt company does not have carte blanche to ignore its environmental obligations.

Fonts prove forgery

Mark Twain said, "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." That wisdom was driven home in the recent Ontario case McGoey (re), in which a bankrupt tried to prove that two properties registered in his name were actually held by him in trust for someone else, and therefore were not available to his creditors. He produced two trust deeds showing this.

Landlords Must Take Issue with Assignment of Lease Before Court Approval

A recent case out of the Ontario Supreme Court, Re Aeropostale Canada Corp. (Notice of Intention) 2018 ONSC 1468, examined the question of whether a court ordered assignment of a commercial lease pursuant to s. 84.1 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. B-3) (the "BIA") would include all terms of the lease, including those limited to the original lessee under the lease who was now bankrupt.

Only Creditors have Standing in Bankruptcy Proceedings

The recent decision in Re Cooke, 2018 SKQB 329, is a reminder that it is only creditors of the bankrupt who have standing in bankruptcy proceedings.

The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act ("BIA") defines "creditor" as "a person having a claim provable as a claim under this Act".

Federal funds for laid-off workers increased

The federal Wage Earner Protection Program Act (WEPPA) provides funds for employees who go unpaid as a result of their employer's bankruptcy. or receivership This program is administered with the help of the trustee in bankruptcy or receiver (as the case may be).

Creditor's inattention to proposal terms leads to release of joint debtor

When a debtor makes a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act ("BIA"), the terms of that proposal must be put to creditors for a vote. If accepted, the proposal will then be submitted to the court for approval and then performed by the debtor; if rejected, the debtor will be deemed bankrupt.

Bankrupt faces resurrected mortgage debts following discharge

The bankruptcy process is generally considered a means for a person facing an overwhelming debt burden to obtain a "fresh start" through the release of their debts upon discharge from bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act prescribes a number of exceptions to that principle, and a recent decision out of Alberta serves as a stark reminder that a bankrupt's conduct can also cause a debt to survive bankruptcy, or even be revived.

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