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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

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

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