IBEX Technologies Inc.

IBEX Technologies Inc.

May 23, 2012 08:00 ET

IBEX Reports Update on JF Gareau/Garvinci Lawsuit

Quebec Superior Court Allows IBEX Claim to Proceed/Trial Date Set for April 2014

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - IBEX Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:IBT) today reported on the progress of its action against JF Gareau and Garvinci Inc.


During the period from May 2006 to April 2007, IBEX (as part of a proposed transaction) made a series of loans to Garvinci Inc. totaling $1,000,000. These loans were personally guaranteed by JF Gareau, the principal shareholder of Garvinci Inc.

These loans became due with interest in May 2008.

In an attempt to find a workable arrangement to allow Garvinci/Gareau to repay the amounts due, IBEX entered into an arrangement (the "Escrow Agreement") with Garvinci/Gareau which was signed in January 2009.

In September 2009 it became apparent that Garvinci/Gareau had failed to comply with the terms of the Escrow Agreement and in October 2009, IBEX once again demanded payment.

With no payment forthcoming by October 2010, IBEX was obligated to file an action against Garvinci/Gareau in the Quebec Superior Court.


On May 15, 2012, the Quebec Superior Court allowed the IBEX claim to proceed with a trial date set for April 2014.

"This has been a long and arduous road" said Paul Baehr, IBEX President and CEO, "but we are pleased that now we have a direct path to a trial which we expect will resolve this matter".


The Company manufactures and markets a series of proprietary enzymes (heparinases and chondroitinases). These enzymes are used in pharmaceutical research, quality assurance, and in the case of Heparinase I, in diagnostic devices which measure hemostasis in patients.

IBEX also manufactures and markets a series of arthritis assays which are widely used in pharmaceutical research. These assays enable the measurement of both the synthesis and degradation of cartilage components, and are powerful tools in the study of osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.

For more information, please visit the Company's web site at www.ibex.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Paul Baehr
    President & CEO
    IBEX Technologies Inc.
    514-344-4004 x 143