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The End of A Saab Story?: The Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Lower Court Decision on Jurisdiction Over a Franchise Dispute

Published: 01/27/2017

By Derek Ronde, Stefanie Holland

In our previous newsletter, we discussed the Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s decision in Stuart Budd & Sons Limited v. IFS Vehicle Distributors ULC (Budd), wherein the Court held that Ontario was an appropriate forum to hear an automotive dealer dispute. (A copy of our discussion can be found here.)

As an update, in late December 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld this decision, largely relying on the reasons outlined by the motions judge. Subject to any appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision is likely the final word on the jurisdiction component of the parties’ dispute.

A copy of the Court of Appeal’s decision can be found here.