Indeed in Green v. CIBC 2012 ONSC 3637 (released shortly after and applying the Court of Appeal decision in Sharma v. Timminco) the restrictive interpretation articulated by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Sharma v. Timminco was applied even though, as Justice Strathy explained, but for the statutory limitation period he would have granted leave to proceed with the section 138.8 claim.
These developments are sure to bring comfort to directors and officers of issuers and serve to caution investors to seek leave to proceed with dispatch. The class action playbook continues to be written.
For a discussion on how Pennyfeather v. Timminco 2011 ONSC 4257 S.C.J. and Sharma v. Timminco 2012 ONCA 107 have revised the class action play book in Ontario see Class Action Law In Ontario Canada – A New Playbook 20 Years In The Making.
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Thomas Arndt, is a partner in Dickinson Wright’s Toronto office. Tom has acted on both sides of class actions and in all levels of litigation including multi-billion dollar enterprise risk litigation. Tom can be reached at 416.777.4037 or email@example.com.
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