Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Essential Reading on Costs

Allergan Inc v Sandoz Canada Inc 2021 FC 186 Crampton CJ

2,507,002 / silodosin / RAPAFLO / NOC

This costs decision by Crampton CJ provides an extremely helpful summary of costs principles in patent litigation at [19]–[36] and it will no doubt be the “go to” decision for costs awards going forward. Crampton CJ's discussion will be essential reading, so I’ll simply flag it without further comment.

The underlying decision is 2020 FC 1189 (discussed in posts here and here). 

PS: The following remark is of particular interest (my emphasis):

 [28] In recognition of the fact that Tariff B no longer provides an adequate level of partial indemnification, the Federal Courts Rules Committee decided in 2016 that the amount recoverable under Tariff B should be increased by approximately 25%: Minutes of the October 28, 2016 Meeting of the Rules Committee. Following a further consultation with the bar, a sub-committee of the Rules Committee is preparing proposed amendments for publication in Part I of the Canada Gazette and approval of the Governor in Council.

Something to look forward to.

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