On August 9, 2013, the Quebec Superior Court signalled a fundamental change, if not a revolution, in the law of corporate criminal responsibility with the judgment of R. c. Petroles Global inc(“Global Fuels”).  The decision of Justice Tôth held that it will no longer be necessary for prosecutors to prove fault in the boardrooms or at the highest levels of a corporation in Canada: the fault even of middle managers may suffice.

To read more about the first litigated case to test Canada’s new corporate criminal liability rules under the Criminal Code, please find our recent and in-depth client alert here.