Marginal note:Qualified privilege for statements
338. Any oral or written statement or report made under this Act by the auditor or a former auditor of a company has qualified privilege.
Marginal note:Derivative action
339. (1) Subject to subsection (2), a complainant or the Superintendent may apply to a court for leave to bring an action under this Act in the name and on behalf of a company or any of its subsidiaries, or to intervene in an action under this Act to which the company or a subsidiary of the company is a party, for the purpose of prosecuting, defending or discontinuing the action on behalf of the company or the subsidiary.
Marginal note:Conditions precedent
(2) No action may be brought and no intervention in an action may be made under subsection (1) by a complainant unless the court is satisfied that
(a) the complainant has, not less than 14 days before bringing the application or as otherwise ordered by the court, given notice to the directors of the company or the company’s subsidiary of the complainant’s intention to apply to the court under subsection (1) if the directors of the company or the company’s subsidiary do not bring, diligently prosecute or defend or discontinue the action;
(b) the complainant is acting in good faith; and
(c) it appears to be in the interests of the company or the subsidiary that the action be brought, prosecuted, defended or discontinued.
Marginal note:Notice to Superintendent
(3) A complainant under subsection (1) shall give the Superintendent notice of the application and the Superintendent may appear and be heard in person or by counsel at the hearing of the application.
- 1991, c. 45, s. 339;
- 2005, c. 54, s. 440.
Marginal note:Powers of court
340. (1) In connection with an action brought or intervened in under subsection 339(1), the court may at any time make any order it thinks fit including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing,
(a) an order authorizing the Superintendent, the complainant or any other person to control the conduct of the action;
(b) an order giving directions for the conduct of the action;
(c) an order directing that any amount adjudged payable by a defendant in the action be paid, in whole or in part, directly to former and present security holders of the company or of the subsidiary instead of to the company or to the subsidiary; and
(d) an order requiring the company or the subsidiary to pay reasonable legal fees incurred by the Superintendent or the complainant in connection with the action.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the court may not make any order in relation to any matter that would, under this Act, require the approval of the Minister or the Superintendent.
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