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Supreme Court Victory for Goodmans LLP: Six-Year Battle Between the Electric Power Utility and Cable Television Industries Ends


Lawyer Peter Ruby
Area Energy Law, Litigation


Supreme Court Victory for Goodmans LLP

On May 16, 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision of the Federal Court of Appeal overturning a 1999 decision of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), ending a six year legal battle between the electric power utility and cable television industries.  In Barrie Public Utilities v. Canadian Cable Television Association, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the CRTC erred in interpreting subsection 43(5) of the Telecommunications Act as authorizing the CRTC to regulate access to power poles. 

The successful power utilities were represented at the CRTC, Federal Court of Appeal Supreme Court of Canada by Peter Ruby of Goodmans LLP.