Helping individuals falsely imprisoned by the state Obtain financial compensatioN for the deprivation of their personal liberty

Nanda Law is one of the few firms in Alberta that acts in correctional and police accountability matters against the state. Recently, the firm represented a young man who was illegally imprisoned by the Province of Alberta for nearly 3 days. The firm acted swiftly to ensure that the man asserted his right to damages for the loss of his liberty and negotiated a settlement that far exceeded the client's expectations. 

 

respecting first nations sovereignty over reserve land taxation and on-reserve economic development

Nanda Law acted for the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) in Musqueam Indian Band v. Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review, et al., an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada concerning the governmental authority of First Nations to tax reserve lands and the interpretation of a specific provision of the Musqueam reserve land taxation bylaw. The firm argued on behalf Cando that the Court must engage in a purposive interpretation of the provision in dispute. A purposive interpretation requires the court to recognize and incorporate the fact that the purpose behind the broader legislative framework is to provide First Nations the mechanism to tax reserve lands in order to foster the principles of First Nations sovereignty and greater control over on-reserve economic activity. 

Related:

Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers Factum in Musqueam Indian Band v. Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review, et al.

protecting the right to free democratic expression in the face of civil contempt actions

In April 2016, Nanda Law appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group in Jean-François Morasse v Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, an important public law appeal involving statements made by a leader of the 2012 Quebec student protests. At issue in the appeal is the court's inherent jurisdiction over contempt powers and how these powers can impinge an individual's free expression — a right protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The firm argued that courts must exercise their contempt powers in a manner that respects Charter values, including free expression. In order to assist in the exercise of these powers, the firm proposed that the Supreme Court of Canada adopt the Dagenais framework to balance the rule of law with the protection of civil liberties when deciding civil contempt proceedings that impact an individual's right to free expression.

Related:

Alberta Public Interest Research Group Factum in Jean-François Morasse v Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

Pre-Judgement Relief: Attaching Assets of a business partnership in the midst of a partnership disagreement

Nanda Law acts for an individual involved in a dispute with its partners in a commercial enterprise. After the Defendants attempted to dissolve the partnership and collect the partnership's assets, the firm moved quickly to attach the assets of the partnership in order to ensure that the client's interests and basis for recovery were secured. Obtaining an attachment order in this context — a form of pre-judgment relief where a significant remedy is granted pending final determination of the merits of a claim — is rare, and requires specialized legal knowledge and experience. Please contact our office if you require assistance obtaining similar pre-judgment relief.

Related:

Roth v Garber, 2016 ABQB 103

helping Persecuted SEXUAL MINORITIES obtain refugee protection in canada 

In January 2016, Nanda Law appeared before the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) and obtained a positive decision on behalf of a gay man from Pakistan seeking refugee status in Canada. The man initially arrived in Canada on a work permit, which was not extended on renewal, requiring him to leave the country. Fearing the consequences of returning to Pakistan — a country that criminalizes homosexuality, and where sexual minorities face widespread discrimination and are routinely subject to violence — the man filed a refugee claim. In its decision, the RPD accepted the submission that dominant understandings of homosexuality in Canada may differ from understandings of homosexuality and gay lifestyles in Pakistan.

DEFENDING A FAMILY-RUN SMALL BUSINESS AGAINST A BILLION DOLLAR PUBLIC CORPORATION

In October 2015, Nanda Law obtained judgment against Canada's largest independent fuel wholesaler on behalf of a family-run small business that operates a gas station in rural Alberta. On the pretence that the family's business had signed a binding Letter of Intent, the wholesaler argued that both the business and members of the family were liable for breaching a $20,000,000.00 agreement. The firm brought a summary judgment application arguing that the Letter of Intent was not binding. The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench agreed, granting the family's business judgment in the approximate amount of $133,000.00.

Related:

Letter of Intent: Binding Agreement or Agreement to Agree? (November 10, 2015)

Civil liability before criminal liability

 
 

The firm recently established a precedent in the area of wrongful death claims in Alberta. In a particularly challenging case involving the death of a family member during a domestic abuse episode, a claim was commenced on behalf of a minor against his mother for the wrongful death of his father. It was successfully argued on summary judgment application that the mother caused the wrongful death of the father, and should be liable to the son for bereavement damages and disentitled to any part of the deceased's estate, including a joint tenancy interest in the family home. The court made this determination summarily, and prior to any findings of criminal liability. 

Related:

Edmonton woman charged with second-degree murder in husband’s death, (August 28, 2013)

 
 

LITIGATING DEATH IN CARE CLAIMS

 

Far too many children die in care in Alberta, often through preventable means. The firm has a special interest in representing families who have had children die in provincial care. By litigating these cases, the firm strives to assist families in pushing for systemic reform of the child protective services system in Alberta. Our firm has experience navigating the obstacles and uncertainties that arise with such claims. We have successfully pursued high profile death in care actions in the past, and have developed effective claims and strategies in this area of law.

Related:

Litigating Death in Care Cases in Alberta, (September 2, 2015; ABlawg.ca)