Licensing IP International S.À.R.L., et al. v. Sweet Productions Inc., et al.

(Federal) (Civil) (By Leave)


Civil procedure — Delay — Motion to dismiss action for undue delay — Standard of review of order of Prothonotary — What is the proper approach to dismissal for delay in civil cases? — What standard of review applies when an appellate court reviews a trial judge’s review of a Prothonotary, Master or similar judicial officer, including factual findings made for the first time by the trial reviewing court?


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The underlying dispute is a copyright infringement action before the Federal Court. The applicants were defendants before the Federal Court and brought a motion to dismiss the respondents’ action for undue delay. The motion was denied by a Prothonotary of the Federal Court, granted by a judge of the Federal Court on appeal, and denied again upon further appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal.

Lower Court Rulings

March 10, 2021
Federal Court

2021 FC 216, T-1440-19
Appeal of order of Prothonotary allowed; action dismissed.
June 10, 2022
Federal Court of Appeal

2022 FCA 111, A-100-21
Appeal allowed in part; order of Prothonotary that proceeding continue as a specially managed proceeding reinstated.