Instability and uncertainty were the two constants in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic uprooted social norms and challenged businesses. The long range impact of that instability and uncertainty remains to be seen. For different reasons, instability and uncertainty governed class actions in Canada in 2020 as well. A series of landmark decisions and legislative amendments impacted key substantive and procedural areas of the law, moving in both plaintiff- and defendant-friendly directions. While the long range impact of these developments remains to be seen, the objective is certain: to clarify, simplify and streamline not only what the law is but how it is to be applied through the procedural vehicle of the class action.
The Class Action Practice Group at Bennett Jones continued its tradition of involvement in the year's most significant cases, focusing on practical solutions where they are possible and seeking clarity from the courts where it is needed. As a group, we continue to work to earn our reputation for breadth and depth in the class actions practice and the ability to deliver critical victories for our clients in the nation's highest courts.
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