The Kansas district court issued letters of request so that a representative of Shell Canada could be examined with respect to issues in Kansas class proceedings. Shell Canada objected to the request, saying that it was an overly broad fishing expedition. Wittmann CJQBA acceded to the request of the Kansas court, but also agreed that it was over-broad – some of the matters it covered were only remotely relevant. The judge narrowed the scope of inquiry to fit Alberta’s conception of relevance and its rules of civil procedure and applied local rules with respect to refusals on examination – but he did say OK to videotaping the examination (which is not common in Alberta) if this was acceptable under Kansas procedure: Richardson v Shell Canada Ltd, 2012 ABQB 170.

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