The Oppression Remedy versus the Derivative Action

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Author: Shannon O’Bryne

This paper explores the extent to which Alberta law maintains a strict distinction between oppression remedy and derivative action. First, this paper distinguishes between personal action and derivative action in the context of Foss v Harbottle and discusses the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent Burnette decision outlining a two-step test that differentiates them. Next, this paper distinguishes between the nature of harm that must be established in each case. Finally, the paper assesses important appellate case law, including cases from the Alberta Court of Appeal.

This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Shareholder Disputes program in Calgary on October 25, 2019 and in Edmonton on October 29, 2019.

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