Geophysical Service Incorporated v. Nwest Energy Corp., 2014 ABQB 205

The plaintiff sought to amend its Statement of Claim to add new defendants, including some identified by name and 26 defendants identified as Companies A – Z. The plaintiff also sought to increase the amount of the claim. The action relates to claims of breach of confidence, infringement of copyright, conversion and inducing breach of contract.

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta allowed proposed “housekeeping” amendments but did not allow the addition of the majority of the proposed defendants. The Court allowed the addition of one defendant that has some commonality with one of the original defendants, noting that the test is whether the proposed claim is arguable.