What is the test to apply in determining whether a defendant should be permitted to make payments out of funds subject to a proprietary injunction?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Credit Valley Institute of Business and Technology, 2003 CanLII 12916 (ON SC):

The test to be applied in determining whether a defendant ought to be permitted to make payments out of funds subject to a proprietary injunction begins (as does the variation of a Mareva injunction) with a consideration of whether the defendant has established on proper evidence that he has no other assets available to him to pay the expenses. If the defendant passes that hurdle, the court must engage in a balancing exercise “as to whether the injustice of permitting the use of the funds by the defendant is out-weighed by the possible injustice to the defendant if he is denied the opportunity of advancing what may of course turn out to be a successful defence”: Halifax plc v. Chandler at para 17.

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