The Supreme Court of Canada today - November 23, 2017 - granted leave to appeal in this case. Here is the docket.
The Voltage Pictures long saga to sue thousands of Canadians who have allegedly have IP addresses that are allegedly connected to allegedly illegal downloading of its films has recently taken on a new twist. Voltage has changed law firms and tactics. It is now pursuing a “reverse class action”, in which one individual by the name of Robert Salna is being forced to defend not only himself but a class of potentially thousands of supposedly similarly situated defendants. As far as I know, this has never been done before in the Federal Court or in Canadian copyright law, and rarely in other cases. It is certainly not clear that it can, should, or will be done here. However, it is interesting that, apparently, nobody has yet challenged the very possibility that it even can or should be done in this instance.