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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Rana Plaza Class Action

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On July 5, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a 129-page decision in the Rana Plaza class action (Das v George Weston Limited, 2017 ONSC 4129), a proposed class action brought in Ontario on behalf of...more

Class Action Stays in Saskatchewan—Should Defence Counsel Just Stay Away?

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In Spicer v Abbott Laboratories Ltd, 2017 SKQB 271 [Spicer], Justice Barrington-Foote declined to stay a class action even though parallel proceedings brought by the same counsel were dismissed in Québec, British Columbia and...more

10 Ways to Reduce Cannabis-Related Litigation Risks

In addition to the regulatory compliance issues that may arise from the production and sale of cannabis, companies operating in this space face many of the traditional legal concerns, including contractual, employment and...more

Takeoff Denied Again: B.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Denial of Airline Fuel Surcharge Class Action

On September 12, 2017, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court) affirmed the refusal to certify a class proceeding against various airlines regarding the description of fuel surcharges in Simsek v. United Airlines, Inc....more

One Wrong Turn

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The road to the first class action against the Province of British Columbia - On May 3, 2017, the Honourable Justice Masuhara, of the British Columbia Supreme Court, certified the province’s first environmental class...more

How Low Can the Certification Bar Go in British Columbia?

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British Columbia has been known as a haven for class actions in Canada. The bar for certification was set very low and British Columbia is regarded as being the most plaintiff-friendly province for class actions in Canada. On...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Decision a Setback for Class Action Defendants

On August 18, 2017, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) released a significant decision relating to certification matters for class actions that could have wide-ranging effects on competition class actions...more

Certification an Even Lower Bar Against Lawyers

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The decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Hodge v Neinstein, 2017 ONCA 494 [Hodge], released on June 15, 2017, was surprising with respect to its treatment of the balance between common and individual issues in a class...more

Highlights From DRI Class Action Seminar 2017 – Day One

I recently had the privilege of serving as vice chair for this year’s Defense Research Institute (DRI) Class Action Seminar. As I’ve done in years past, here are some highlights from the first day’s programming...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

Who Is My Neighbour? Ontario Court Rejects a Duty of Care to Employees of Foreign Suppliers

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently dismissed a proposed class action arising out of the collapse of a manufacturing facility in Bangladesh. On July 5, 2017, in Das v. George Weston Limited (Das), the court found...more

Defeating Proposed Common Issues—Lessons from Pro-Sys

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Kalra v Mercedes Benz Canada, 2017 ONSC 3795, is a recent certification decision of the Ontario Superior Court in which Justice Belobaba certified the proposed emissions standards class action seeking damages for diminution...more

Supreme Court of Canada Allows British Columbians to Pursue Privacy Class Action Against Facebook

On June 23, 2017, in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (Douez), the Supreme Court of Canada considered the enforceability of forum selection clauses involving consumers and privacy rights. The application judge had declined to enforce a...more

No Charges by ISP for Performing its Duties Under the Notice and Notice Regime

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Unlike many countries which provide an effective "notice and take down" remedy for copyright owners whose works are wrongly posted on Internet sites, Canada has implemented a "notice and notice" regime. In Voltage Pictures,...more

Cannabis in Canada - A Changing Legal Landscape: Product Liability

The licencing, sale and use of cannabis (both medically and recreationally) is likely to result in an increased risk of product liability claims on behalf of patients and consumers, including class action risk for the...more

Year in Review: Some Positive Developments for Pharmaceutical Class Actions in Canada

The end of 2016 brought with it some good news for the defence in respect of pharmaceutical class actions, including a successful defence verdict in the first pharmaceutical product liability common issues trial in Canada. In...more

4 Business Cases to Follow in the Supreme Court’s Spring Term

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The Supreme Court of Canada’s spring term begins on April 18. This term has a lot of interesting criminal cases, but only a few that may be interesting to the business community...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 13

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On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services ("DFS") released a revised version of a proposed regulation that would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2017

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As we start 2017, uncertainty abounds. Donald J. Trump’s ascension to the Presidency and populist movements in Europe and Britain are set to upend global norms and challenge the status quo. Serious questions are being raised...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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NERA issued a report this week on Canadian class actions. Although the number of those actions filed last year increased compared to the year before, over the last several years the number of securities class actions filed in...more

The Filing of Canadian Securities Class Actions Increased in 2016

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The filing of securities class actions increased significantly last year in the U.S. In Canada the number of such actions filed also increased last year. Over the last two years in Canada however, the number of securities...more

Appeal Court Revives Class Action against the WSIB

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The Ontario Court of Appeal has revived a proposed class action brought by the appellant, Pietro Castrillo, on behalf of a class of injured workers whom he alleges have been wrongfully denied the full extent of benefits to...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Denies Class Certification of Environmental Nuisance Claim

On February 15, 2017, the B.C. Court of Appeal issued its decision in Baker v. Rendle (Baker) denying class action certification in a case about nuisance claims against industrial operations. Baker lends further weight to the...more

Advancing Human Rights Claims Based on Global Supply Chain Activities: Recent Developments in California and Canada

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Courts in California and Canada have emerged as testing grounds for advancing claims of forced labor in global supply chains.  The plaintiffs’ approach is to make companies more accountable to “soft law” norms like the UN...more

Cybersecurity: 2017 Report & 2016 Reflections - What Businesses and Boards Need to Know

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In 2016, cybersecurity continued to grow as a primary business risk for companies worldwide. Data breaches continued to escalate both in number and magnitude and the landscape of legal and regulatory liability evolved and...more

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