Saskatchewan securities legislation provides that where an offering memorandum or amendment to the offering memorandum is sent or delivered to a purchaser that contains a Misrepresentation, a purchaser who purchases a security covered by the offering memorandum is deemed to have relied upon that Misrepresentation, if it was a Misrepresentation at the time of purchase, and has a right of action for rescission against the issuer or a selling security holder on whose behalf the distribution is made or has aright of action for damages against: (a) the issuer or a selling security holder on whose behalf the distribution is made; (b) every promoter and director of the issuer or the selling security holder, as the case may be, at the time the offering memorandum or any amendment to it was sent or delivered; (c) every person or company whose consent has been filed respecting the offering, but only with respect to reports, opinions or statements that have been made by them; (d) every person who or company that, in addition to the persons or companies mentioned in (a) to (c) above, signed the offering memorandum or the amendment to the offering memorandum; and (e) every person who or company that sells securities on behalf of the issuer or selling security holder under the offering memorandum or amendment to the offering memorandum.
Such rights of rescission and damages are subject to certain limitations including the following: (a) if the purchaser elects to exercise its right of rescission against the issuer or selling security holder, it shall have no right of action for damages against that party; (b) in an action for damages, a defendant will not beliable for all or any portion of the damages that he, she or it proves do not represent the depreciation in value of the securities resulting from the Misrepresentation relied on; (c) no person or company, other than the issuer or a selling security holder, will be liable for any part of the offering memorandum or any amendment to it not purporting to be made on the authority of an expert and not purporting to be a copy of, or an extract from, a report, opinion or statement of an expert, unless the person or company failed to conduct a reasonable investigation sufficient to provide reasonable grounds for a belief that there had been no Misrepresentation or believed that there had been a Misrepresentation; (d) in no case shall the amount recoverable exceed the price at which the securities were offered; and (e) no person or company is liable in an action for rescission or damages if that person or company proves that the purchaser purchased the securities with knowledge of the Misrepresentation.
In addition, no person or company, other than the Company or a selling security holder, will be liable if the person or company proves, among other things, that: (a) the offering memorandum was sent or delivered without the person's or company's knowledge or consent and that, on becoming aware of it being sent or delivered, that person or company immediately gave reasonable general notice that it was so sent or delivered; or (b) with respect to any part of the offering memorandum purporting to be made on the authority of an expert, or purporting to be a copy of, or an extract from, a report, an opinion or a statement of an expert, that person or company had no reasonable grounds to believe and did not believe that there had been a Misrepresentation, the part of the offering memorandum did not fairly represent the report, opinion or statement of the expert, or was not a fair copy of, or an extract from, the report, opinion or statement of the expert.
Saskatchewan securities legislation also provides: (a) similar rights of action for damages and rescissionin respect of a Misrepresentation in advertising and sales literature disseminated in connection with an offering of securities; (b) that where an individual makes a verbal statement to a prospective purchaser that contains a Misrepresentation relating to the security purchased and the verbal statement is made either before or contemporaneously with the purchase of the security, the purchaser is deemed to have relied on the Misrepresentation, if it was a Misrepresentation at the time of purchase, and has a right of action for damages against the individual who made the verbal statement; (c) a purchaser with the right to void the purchase agreement and to recover all money and other consideration paid by the purchaser for the securities if the securities are purchased from a vendor who is trading in Saskatchewan in contravention of Saskatchewan securities legislation; and (d) a right of action for rescission or damages to a purchaser of securities to whom an offering memorandum was not sent or delivered prior to or at the same time as the purchaser enters into an agreement to purchase the securities, as required by the Saskatchewan securities legislation.
Saskatchewan securities legislation provides that no action shall be commenced to enforce any of the foregoing rights more than: (a) in the case of an action for rescission, 180 days after the date of the transaction that gave rise to the cause of action; or (b) in the case of an action for damages, the earlier of: (i) one year after the plaintiff first had knowledge of the facts giving rise to the cause of action; or (ii) six years after the date of the transaction that gave rise to the cause of action.
Saskatchewan securities legislation also provides a purchaser who has received an amended offering memorandum delivered in accordance with such legislation has a right to withdraw from the agreement topurchase the securities by delivering a notice to the person who or company that is selling the securities, indicating the purchaser's intention not to be bound by the purchase agreement, provided such notice is delivered by the purchaser within two business days of receiving the amended offering memorandum.