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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

Securities Regulation and Class Action Trends in Canada [Video]

From the 2016 PLUS D&O Symposium session “Shareholder Activism and Litigation in Canada,” David Conklin (Goodmans LLP), Orestes Pasparakis (Norton Rose Fulbright Canada), Paul Emerson (Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance)...more

Ontario Superior Court Decision Confirms That “Public Correction” Requirement is a Temporal Marker

Under the Ontario Securities Act (“OSA”), a statutory right of action exists for secondary market misrepresentation for any person who acquires or disposes of an issuer’s securities within the relevant time period. An action...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2016

Looking Forward - The last few years have been active for class actions in Canada, and the activity did not slow down in 2015. This past year, Bennett Jones was involved with some of the most important class...more

De Minimis Principle Returns to Class Actions in Quebec

In our November 2015 Blakes Bulletin: De Minimis Rule is Back in the Context of Class Actions, we analyzed the Sofio c. Organisme canadien de réglementation du commerce des valeurs mobilières (Sofio) decision of the Court of...more

Class Action Results in Hefty Bill: C$2-Million in Punitive Damages

In the recent decision Biondi c. Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (SCFP-301), the Superior Court of Quebec (Court) ordered the Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (Union) to pay C$2-million in punitive...more

Federal Court Rules Internet Provider Should Not Recover Costs of Informing Clients of Motion for Customer Information

In Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe, the Federal Court ruled that TekSavvy Solutions Inc. (TekSavvy), a non-party Internet service provider, could not recover costs related to its decision to inform 200,000 of its customers...more

Swisscanto v. Blackberry: What constitutes a “public correction” for the purpose of secondary market misrepresentation class...

In Swisscanto v. Blackberry(“Swisscanto”), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered, for the first time, what constitutes a “public correction” of an alleged misrepresentation in a secondary market securities class...more

Court Reaffirms that Common Feature Does Not Equal Common Defect in Multiple-Model Product Liability Class Actions

On December 17, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied certification in a proposed multiple-model product liability class action (Vester v Boston Scientific Ltd, 2015 ONSC 7950). The plaintiffs alleged that the...more

Legal Trends: Litigation & Dispute Resolution

In 2016, regulated persons in Canada are increasingly likely to find themselves facing prosecution before tribunals, rather than in courts, and facing significant exposure to monetary penalties in those...more

Legal Trends: Intellectual Property

The previous federal government committed Canada to sweeping changes to the legislation and regulations governing virtually every category of intellectual property in the country. Some of these changes have largely already...more

Legal Trends: Cybersecurity

New privacy torts have recently emerged in certain Canadian jurisdictions, including intrusion upon seclusion and publicity given to private life. Intrusion upon seclusion allows a plaintiff to sue if (1) a person has...more

Legal Trends: Anti-Spam

As expected, since Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into force, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been actively enforcing CASL’s anti-spam provisions. In 2015, the CRTC...more

Québec’s New Code of Civil Procedure – An Obstacle to National Class Actions?

General counsel and the class action bar should take note that a new provision in Québec’s new Code of Civil Procedure (NCCP), which comes into force on January 1, 2016, may create an obstacle for streamlining—and ultimately...more

Canadian Court Nixes Class Action for Patent Abuse

The decision relates to an application to certify a proposed class action, commenced by a representative plaintiff, Britton Low, against various Pfizer companies, alleging that Pfizer unlawfully abused the patent system with...more

Recent Decision Clarifies Availability of Defences at the Leave Stage in Statutory Securities Class Actions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s (Court) recent decision in Rahimi v. SouthGobi Resources (Rahimi) confirms that courts will consider and evaluate defences at the leave stage of a statutory secondary market disclosure...more

Supreme Court of Canada considers Limitation Period for Secondary Market Securities Class Actions

On December 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated decision in a trilogy of shareholder class actions under the secondary market liability provisions of the Ontario Securities Act (the “OSA”). At...more

Interaction between Ontario Securities Act and the Class Proceedings Act: Supreme Court of Canada trilogy affirms the reasonably...

Background On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision1 in a trilogy of cases concerning the interaction between the Ontario Securities Act (“OSA”)2 and the Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (“CPA”)3. The...more

Theratechnologies leave threshold proves too robust for plaintiff shareholder in Securities Class Action

In Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc. released on October 22, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered a motion for leave to commence an action for secondary market misrepresentation under section 138.8 of the...more

Supreme Court of Canada Releases Securities Class Actions Trilogy - Clarifies that the Leave Test has Teeth in Common Law...

The Supreme Court of Canada released reasons in its highly-anticipated trilogy of securities class action cases. In Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, a deeply divided Court reached differing conclusions on...more

Procedural Fairness Owed to Defendants May Redefine how Plaintiffs Proceed under the OSA

The Court of Appeal in Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation, Local 675 Pension Fund (Trustees of) v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. recently determined whether, once leave to assert a claim under part XXIII.1 of the Ontario...more

De Minimis Rule is Back in the Context of Class Actions

De minimis non curat praetor — this ancient legal maxim suggests that judges should not have to hear trivial cases. The maxim seems to have lost most of its significance in the context of class actions. In several instances,...more

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