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attorn

The act of a tenant formally agreeing to become the tenant of a new landlord,but for the same property.Usually occurs when there has been a sale or foreclosure of the leased property.The new owner will want to obtain an attornment in order to cut off defenses and claims the tenant might have against the old landlord,and to prevent the old landlord from muddying the waters by making claims for rent,even though no longer owning the real estate.

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129) Parties that have concluded a valid foreign jurisdictional agreement know that a Quebec court will not hear their case, no matter the connections to the province or the risk of multiple proceedings, unless the defendant has attorned.
As Morrison, Gertner and Afarian point out, courts should be less willing to allow a defendant to go to another court and undermine a final judgment than in the case of an unnamed non-resident plaintiff who is only said to have attorned to the court's jurisdiction by failing to opt-out.
The principal legal issue facing the top court will be whether the Ontario Court of Appeal, having concluded that the defendants attorned to the jurisdiction of the Ontario courts, then erred in finding that those same defendants could still rely upon the foreign forum selection and dispute resolution clauses.