Geophysical Service Incorporated v. Jebco Seismic UK Limited, 2016 ABQB 402

The issue before the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta is a challenge to a service ex juris order that was granted ex parte. The foreign Defendants sought to set aside service of the Statement of Claim. The action relates to alleged copyright infringement. The Court determined that the threshold for an arguable case had been met, and found that the Alberta Court has jurisdiction. In particular, the Court found that the foreign parties are necessary and proper parties to the action. The Court held that there was jurisdiction simpliciter on the basis of the Court's statutory jurisdiction in copyright matters, Once there is jurisdiction simpliciter, the court relied on case law that states that the Court can then assume jurisdiction over all aspects. The Court concluded that service ex juris was appropriate.