In May 2015, however, the bureau suffered a major setback in another bid-rigging case, one that the defendant’s lawyer, Peter Mantas of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, said offered a key message for lawyers and clients accused of fraud.
An 11-person jury, following an eight-month trial, found six individuals and three corporations, including TPG Technology Consulting, not guilty of 60 charges under s. 47 of the Competition Act. The allegations concerned responses to request for proposals in 2005 by several government bodies by several companies in the Ottawa information technology consulting industry.
Mantas, who represented TPG, said the decision to request a jury trial (it took a month to select a jury, longer than for the murder trial of Luka Magnotta), contrary to the typical strategy for a long and complex fraud trial, is an option that should be considered more often. “Juries can be pretty good at looking at a case, even if it’s a complex commercial litigation, from a big-picture perspective. They can really bring an element of common sense to it, which they did in this case.”