NAFTA - Chapter 11 - Investment

Cases filed against the Government of Canada

William Jay Greiner and Malbaie River Outfitters Inc. v. Government of Canada


William Jay Greiner is a U.S. citizen and he owns and controls Malbaie River Outfitters Inc., a Canada-based salmon fishing outfitter.


  • 1102 (National Treatment)
  • 1103 (Most-Favoured Nation Treatment)
  • 1105 (Minimum Standard of Treatment)
  • 1110 (Expropriation)

Damages claimed

$8 million CAD


Withdrawn before the establishment of a Tribunal.

Arbitration rules



Procedural history

Mr. Greiner filed a Notice of Intent to Submit a Claim to Arbitration on September 16, 2008, a Notice of Arbitration on November 2, 2010 and an Amended Notice of Arbitration on December 2, 2010. He withdrew his claim on June 10, 2011.

Factual overview and nature of the claim

Mr. Greiner claimed that changes made in 2006 by the Quebec government to the lottery system used to issue fishing licenses on certain rivers in the Gaspé peninsula breached NAFTA Articles 1102 (National Treatment), 1103 (Most-Favoured Nation Treatment), 1105 (Minimum Standard Of Treatment) and 1110 (Expropriation). He further claimed that the Quebec Government improperly revoked his authorizations of commerce and provided preferential treatment to other outfitters in violation of these same articles.

Legal documents (all documents are in pdf)

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