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Koskie Minsky LLP

Koskie Minsky LLP

Nortel Networks Corporation


On January 14, 2009, Nortel Networks Corporation and several of its affiliated companies ("Nortel") were granted protection from their creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (the "CCAA") pursuant to an Order of the Honourable Justice Morawetz. Ernst & Young was appointed as Monitor of Nortel's CCAA proceedings.

On May 27, 2009, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) granted a Representation Order appointing Koskie Minsky LLP as Representative Counsel for all former employees of Nortel. In accordance with the Representation Order, KM will act as Representative Counsel to all former employees of Nortel, unless specifically excepted or unless the individual chooses otherwise.

On July 30, 2009, Koskie Minsky was appointed as Representative Counsel for employees of Nortel who are in receipt of long-term disability benefits, subject to certain exceptions.

On March 31, 2010, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved a Settlement Agreement which secures the continuation of medical and life insurance benefits, and long-term disability and survivor income benefits, through 2010. As part of the negotiated settlement, eligible terminated employees will also get a lump sum payment in advance of the claims process.

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Latest Developments

December 9, 2014

Justice Newbould released his decision denying all but one claim asserted by the UK Pension Claimants against the Canadian Debtor. He allowed their claim to a Funding Guarantee. For further information please see our Allocation Litigation tab by clicking here.  A copy of the decision of Justice Newbould can be viewed here.

November 27, 2014The Ontario Court of Appeal granted the Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders leave to appeal application for one of the three issues raised. The Court will consider whether the “interest stops rule” was correctly applied. That is, whether Newbould J. erred in deciding that the Guaranteed Bondholders are not entitled to claim or receive post-filing interest and other amounts owing under the relevant debtentures above and beyond the outstanding principal debt and pre-petition interest. A copy of the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal granting leave to appeal can be viewed here. For further information please see our Allocation Litigation tab by clicking here.

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