Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc

Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc[1] was a 2017 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada dealing with the authority to issue injunctions against foreign companies.

Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc
Supreme Court of Canada
Hearing: December 6, 2016
Judgment: June 28, 2017
Citations2017 SCC 34
Prior historyAPPEAL from Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc, 2015 BCCA 265, affirming Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc, 2014 BCSC 1063
RulingAppeal dismissed.
Court membership
Chief Justice: Beverley McLachlin
Puisne Justices: Rosalie Abella, Michael Moldaver, Andromache Karakatsanis, Richard Wagner, Clément Gascon, Suzanne Côté, Russell Brown, Malcolm Rowe
Reasons given
MajorityAbella J, joined by McLachlin CJ and Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Wagner, Gascon and Brown JJ
DissentCôté and Rowe JJ


On November 2, 2017, a California district court granted an injunction against the enforcement of the order of the Supreme Court of Canada on the grounds that the order undermines the US law and threatens freedom of speech.[2]

However, The Court of British Columbia dismissed Google's application (2018 BCSC 610) to respect the US judgment saying
The effect of the U.S. order is that no action can be taken against Google to enforce the injunction in U.S. courts. That does not restrict the ability of this Court to protect the integrity of its own process through orders directed to parties over whom it has personal jurisdiction.[3]

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