It seems that some sort of "secret agreement" was made between Orca Bay, Marc Crawford and Todd Bertuzzi via their lawyers absolving each other of blame and counter suits. Apparently, it was not disclosed to either the court in Ontario or to Steve Moore's lawyer Tim Danson.
The Superior Court of Ontario has given lawyers defending Todd Bertuzzi, Marc Crawford and the former owners of the Vancouver Canucks seven days to produce a secret agreement they signed that essentially absolves each of them of blame and counter-suits in the multi-million dollar civil claim by former hockey player Steve Moore.
This seems somewhat suspect and the judge appeared to agree...
“In my view, the agreement has changed the landscape of the litigation,” Dash wrote in his ruling. Dash also seemed unhappy that the defendants in the case “refused or neglected” to inform Moore’s lawyer, Dansen, on the change in status.
It thinking about why this might have happened...is it possible that such an agreement (if viable) could limit Bertuzzi's and Crawford's personal exposure within the lawsuit/countersuits (or at least give them an idea that they won't then be countersued by Orca Bay - or vice versa) such that they could have an idea what they might have to contribute to any settlement to Steve Moore in terms of compensation. Any MGoLawyers want to weigh in and clarify the implications of this material?