Alberta Court Dismisses Action Against Newfoundland Board

On November 5, 2013, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Master Keith Laycock dismissed an action against a Newfoundland regulatory board alleged to have improperly released seismic data to the plaintiff's Alberta business competitor.  The Court found that the plaintiff could establish no real and substantial connection which could allow the Court to find jurisdiction simpliciter, and that there were insufficient connecting factors between Alberta and the claims maintained against the board.  Alberta was not, in any event, a forum conveniens for the claims.  James W. Rose, Q.C. of Rose LLP appeared on behalf of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board in the case, which is referenced as Geophysical Service Incorporated v. Arcis Seismic Solutions Corp. and C-NLOPB.