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A Mining Claim is not an “Interest in Land” – Ontario Court Dismisses Expropriation Claim

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Overview

In the decision of 1520658 Ontario Inc. v. Her Majesty the Queen, 2017 ONSC 4141 released earlier this month, Justice Goldstein of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice determined that a mining claim is not an equitable interest in land under the Ontario Expropriations Act.

This decision lays out the framework for the analysis of determining the definition of land, specifically the interplay between the Mining Act and the Expropriations Act, and may have broader implications for the mining and excavation industries as a whole.… Continue Reading

Mining in Latin America: An Overview of Mining Law in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru

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The article “Mining in Latin America: An Overview of Mining Law in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru” by Frederico Marques and Etienne Ravilet Guzman (available here) offers an in depth analysis of the regulatory framework for investment and development of mineral exploration and mining projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. The goal is to provide stakeholders with a broad understanding of the suitability of these Latin American jurisdictions for mineral exploration and mining projects. It will also assist Canadian and international companies, as well as policy makers, to navigate contemporary challenges in the sector and at the same … Continue Reading

Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation – The Enforcement Saga Continues

Posted in Litigation, Mining

What’s At Stake?

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada in Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje (discussed here) determined that Ontario courts have jurisdiction to adjudicate a recognition and enforcement action against an Ontario affiliate of a foreign corporation. In this case, the enforcement action was brought by Ecuadorian plaintiffs against Chevron Corporation (“Chevron”), a US-based corporation, and its seventh level indirect subsidiary, Chevron Canada Limited (“Chevron Canada”).… Continue Reading