Investor claims unfair treatment in relation to revocation of authority
to operate outfitting business on rivers in Quebec
NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City-based Law Offices of
Brett G. Canna, P.C. announced today that on behalf of its clients, William
Greiner and Malbaie River Outfitters, Inc., a Notice of Intent to Submit a
Claim to Arbitration pursuant to Chapter Eleven of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was recently served on the Canadian Government. The
multimillion-dollar claim involves the unfair treatment, in violation of
NAFTA, of U.S. citizen, William Greiner, concerning his Canadian-formed
company Malbaie River Outfitters, Inc., which operates a lodge and outfitting
business related to Atlantic Salmon fishing and hunting within Quebec.
Mr. Greiner made a large monetary investment to start and build his
outfitting business over the past six years. However, earlier this year, the
Quebec Government revoked his licenses to conduct business on various rivers
within Quebec, depriving Mr. Greiner and Malbaie River Outfitters, Inc. of the
ability to service hundreds of, mainly American and European, clients. This
action by the Government was taken discriminatorily, without legal authority
and in violation of NAFTA and raises issues regarding the unfair treatment of
American citizens investing in businesses in Canada.
"I will no longer be able to operate my business going forward, the
action of the Canadian Government has rendered my business essentially
worthless," says Greiner. "After years of hard work promoting the beautiful
natural resources Canada has to offer, I am truly disappointed that all those
years and the vast amount of money I have invested in Canada were taken from
me. This hostile act by the Canadian Government should sound an alarm to any
U.S. investor considering investing in Canada. I am anxiously pursuing my
NAFTA claim and eager to hear the testimony of the Ministers who made these
Claims of Chapter Eleven violations also have been made concerning
actions taken by the Quebec Government against Mr. Greiner in 2006. It is
alleged that the Quebec Government, discriminatorily and in violation of
NAFTA, revised fishing licensing regulations to deprive Mr. Greiner and
Malbaie River Outfitters, Inc. of the ability to obtain fishing licenses to
service hundreds of American clients.
The U.S. State Department is monitoring developments regarding Mr.
Greiner's NAFTA claim and has been in contact with Canadian officials and Mr.
"It is an unfortunate situation, as Mr. Greiner has complied will all
Canadian laws in running his business and vigorously has promoted Canada
tourism in the United States," says Brett Canna, Mr. Greiner's attorney.
"Yet, for political reasons, the Quebec Government decided to prohibit this
American citizen from conducting business on rivers in eastern Canada.
Fortunately for Mr. Greiner, NAFTA provides a legal mechanism for obtaining
compensation for just this sort of unfair treatment."
About Chapter Eleven of NAFTA
Chapter Eleven of NAFTA contains provisions designed to protect
cross-border investors and facilitate the settlement of investment disputes.
For example, each NAFTA Party must accord investors from the other NAFTA
Parties national (i.e. non-discriminatory) treatment and may not expropriate
investments of those investors except in accordance with international law.
Chapter Eleven permits an investor of one NAFTA Party to seek money damages
for measures of one of the other NAFTA Parties that allegedly violate those
and other provisions of Chapter Eleven. Investors may initiate an arbitration
against the NAFTA Party under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations
Commission on International Trade Law ("UNCITRAL Rules") or the Arbitration
(Additional Facility) Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of
Investment Disputes ("ICSID Additional Facility Rules").
About Malbaie River Outfitters, Inc.
Malbaie River Outfitters, Inc. operates in Barachois, Quebec and has been
featured on ESPN, NESN, OLN, and The Outdoor Channel, as well as in
publications such as The Denver Post, The Houston Chronicle, and The San Diego
Union Tribune. Additionally, one of its key employees was the subject of an
article in Forbes. In all, over 30 articles have been written featuring the
business, and nearly two dozen television shows aired highlighting Malbaie
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