By Cindy Macdonald
Catalyst Paper is being sued by the Halalt First Nation and its business partners, alleging trespassing on the part of Catalyst’s Crofton mill and breach of confidentiality.
The company denies the allegations contained in both claims and says it will vigorously defend itself.
The first claim was filed by the Halalt and its members alleging Catalyst has illegally trespassed on, and caused damages to, the Halalt’s asserted territories and fisheries resources through the operation of Catalyst’s Crofton Mill, which has been in operation since 1957. The Halalt is seeking an interim and permanent injunction restraining Catalyst from conducting its operations at the Crofton Mill that interfere with the Halalt’s claimed riparian, water and land rights and are also seeking approximately $2 billion in damages.
The second claim was filed jointly by the Halalt, Sunvault Energy Inc. and Aboriginal Power Corp., alleging that Catalyst disclosed certain confidential information pertaining to a proposed anaerobic digester facility in breach of a confidentiality agreement. The plaintiffs are seeking, among other things, approximately $100 million in damages from Catalyst in connection with the alleged breach of contract and a permanent injunction restraining Catalyst from constructing, owning or operating an anaerobic digester facility.
Catalyst Paper manufactures printing papers, newsprint, directory grades and market pulp from five mills across North America.