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Ontario Court Decision Highlights Summary Judgment as Potential Tool in Class Proceedings

In a recent class action decision, Wise v. Abbott Laboratories Limited (Wise), Justice Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court) granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment in advance of certification,...more

Pharmaceutical Product Liability Class Action Filed Relating to Olmetec Drug

Earlier this month a proposed class action was filed in Montreal by the Consumer Law Group alleging that Merck, Shering-Plough and Daiichi Sankyo (the Defendants) provided inadequate warnings about the drugs Olmetec and...more

Immediate Relief: Application for Certification of B.C. Cold-Fx Class Action Dismissed

The British Columbia Supreme Court recently dismissed an application for certification of a class action regarding the cold and flu product Cold-Fx in Harrison v. Afexa Life Sciences Inc. (Harrison). The plaintiff alleged...more

Overtime Class Actions Gaining Traction in Canada: Is the Oil Patch Next?

On October 12, 2016, a former GoodLife personal trainer filed a class action lawsuit for $60 million in damages under Ontario's Class Proceeding Acts, 1992. The proposed class members include current and former non-managerial...more

Trump University Class Action Roaring Towards Trial

This is a big week for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The champagne glasses won’t be dry and put away before Trump’s lawyers will be arguing a series of pre-trial motions in Low v Trump University, a U.S. class action...more

Court reconsiders the role of “public corrections” in securities class actions

Introduction In Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation, Local 675 Pension Fund (Trustees of) v SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.[1] the Ontario Superior Court of Justice examined, in the context of competing motions for summary...more

Court of Appeal Clarifies Scope of Shareholder Misrepresentation Claims in Takeover Bids

In Rooney v. ArcelorMittal S.A., the Court of Appeal for Ontario considered whether a plaintiff in an action pursuant to section 131(1) of the Securities Act (the “Act”) is required to choose whether to sue the offeror, or to...more

On the Road: SCC Allows Class Action Judges to Hold Extraprovincial Hearings in Certain Circumstances

On October 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled that a provincial superior court judge may sit outside his or her home province to hear motions without live evidence in national class actions proceedings in...more

Canadian Appellate Court Confirms That Judges Must Consider Evidence From Both Parties when Deciding a Motion for Leave to Bring a...

As detailed repeatedly in this space, the Canadian court system has issued a number of decisions which have altered the practice of bringing – or defending against – a securities class action for secondary market...more

Court of Appeal Confirms Judges May Weigh Evidence on Leave Motions in Secondary Market Securities Class Actions

Summary In Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc., the Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld a decision refusing leave to commence an action for secondary market misrepresentation under section 138.8 of the Ontario Securities Act (the...more

Honest Weight: Court of Appeal Affirms Threshold for Leave in Secondary Market Securities Class Action

In its recent decision in Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc. (Mask), the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Court) dismissed an appeal of the denial of leave and certification to a proposed statutory secondary market securities class...more

Court of Appeal Rules Competition Act is not a Complete Code, Discoverability Principle Applies

On August 11, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal (Court) provided guidance on the limitation period in section 36 of the Competition Act? (Act) and whether the Act removes plaintiffs’ ability to seek damages under common law...more

No More Tears (Enough is Enough)… Ending the Debate About Unlawful Means in Conspiracy Torts

It was 1983. The Police’s Every Breath You Take was top of the charts. Return of the Jedi was tearing up the box office. And the Supreme Court of Canada released that seminal case seared into every competition litigator’s...more

Court of Appeal Lifts Stay in Cross Border Class Action

In Kaynes v. BP [1] (referred to herein as “Kaynes”) the Court of Appeal for Ontario (“ONCA”) recently lifted a stay of a class proceeding in which the Plaintiff is seeking damages for alleged misrepresentations made to...more

Have a Contract in Canada? Your Class Action Risk is Greater Than You May Think

Non-Canadian companies: welcome to the Canadian class action party. In recent years, Canadians have increasingly begun to recognize and actively manage the major business risk posed by class actions, as more and more...more

Canadian Court Holds That Evidentiary Requirement For Leave To File Securities Class Action Is “Not A Low Bar”

In January of 2016, this blog commented on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the seminal case of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green. There, the Court held that a prospective plaintiff must move for leave to...more

Deceptive Marketing Class Actions: Trump University

The most talked about class action in Canada of late is not a Canadian class action at all, but rather one commenced in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. Low v. Trump University, already certified...more

Cyber-Security and the Rise of the Vigilante Hacker - Can illegally obtained data be used in a civil proceeding?

In the world of cyber hacks and leaks, there are two general categories of players: the fraudsters who steal data in order to obtain a profit, and the “hacktivists” who expose data, purportedly for the greater good....more

Test for Leave to bring Secondary Market Securities Class Action is not a “Low Bar”

The recent decision in Bradley v. Eastern Platinum Ltd. saw the Superior Court of Justice reaffirm the position that the test for statutory leave to bring a secondary market securities class action “is not a low bar.” Justice...more

10 Tips for Navigating A Securities Class Action

Not Just for Issuers Anymore - Plaintiffs’ counsel have been trying to bring underwriters, bankers, auditors and other advisers into securities class actions as defendants, particularly where an issuer is unlikely to...more

Court Clarifies the Scope of Underwriter Liability in Securities Class Actions

In LBP Holdings Ltd. v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered a motion to add the underwriters of a bought deal secondary public offering as defendants to a proposed securities class...more

U.S. Companies May Risk Liability Under Canadian Anti-Spam Law

U.S. companies may soon risk litigation for failing to comply with the provisions of Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) in their electronic communications to Canadian consumers. While this anti-spam law has been in force since...more

Please Hang Up: Court Dismisses Certified Prepaid Wireless Services Class Action Contract, Gift Card Regulation Claims

In Sankar v. Bell Mobility Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal (Court) granted summary judgment dismissing a certified class action against Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) related to prepaid wireless services credits. The Court found...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Certification of Reformulated G20 Class Actions

On April 6, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) released its decision in Good v. Toronto (Police Services Board) (Good). In upholding the certification of two class actions against the Toronto Police Service (TPS), the...more

Court Dismisses Secondary Market Securities Class Action Based on Extensive Evidence

In Coffin v. Atlantic Power Corp., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered two motions: (1) for leave under section 138.8 of the Ontario Securities Act (the “OSA”) to commence an action for secondary market...more

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