DLA Piper wins injunction appeal for Teal Cedar Products Ltd.
On January 26, 2022, the British Columbia Court of Appeal granted Teal Cedar Products Ltd.’s appeal, extending an injunction to protect Teal Cedar’s forestry operations on Vancouver Island. DLA Piper represented Teal Cedar on the successful appeal.
Teal Cedar’s forestry operations on Vancouver Island have been disrupted for over a year by persistent, unlawful blockades. DLA Piper first obtained an injunction for Teal Cedar on April 1, 2021. The injunction was to expire in September 2021. Teal Cedar applied to the British Columbia Supreme Court to renew the injunction until September 2022, but the BC Supreme Court declined to extend the injunction.
DLA Piper brought an urgent appeal to the BC Court of Appeal and on October 8, 2021, secured a temporary extension of the injunction from the Court of Appeal while Teal Cedar’s appeal was pending.
The Court of Appeal issued reasons on January 26, 2022 allowing Teal Cedar’s appeal and extended the injunction to September 26, 2022, as Teal Cedar had requested. The Court of Appeal affirmed the importance of the injunction in upholding the rule of law and the democratic process. The Court of Appeal noted that the blockaders who interfered with Teal Cedar’s operations had chosen to abandon the democratic process and sought to impose their will on others by force.
The Court of Appeal's decision can be accessed here.
DLA Piper is pleased to have represented Teal Cedar in securing this win, in which the Court of Appeal affirmed the longstanding principle that the courts must come to the aid of a party like Teal Cedar who has been wronged by the blockaders’ illegal interference.
The DLA Piper team was led by Dean Dalke with Alex Hudson and Emily Snow also appearing on the appeal. They were assisted in preparing for the appeal by John Landry, Q.C., Monika Gehlen and Alexandra McCawley.