Category: Class Actions

Law Commission of Ontario Recommends Broad Reforms for Class Actions

July 17, 2019

On July 17, 2019, the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released its long-awaited report, titled Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms (Report). The LCO’s class action project, involving a comprehensive review of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (CPA), was initiated in November 2013 with a scoping document setting out a framework for the review and preliminary list of issues…

Alberta Court Denies Class Proceedings Against Investment Advisor, Supervisor and Dealer Institution

July 4, 2019

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta illustrated the individualized view Alberta courts take towards the relationship between investors and investment  advisors, supervisors and dealer institutions, in its recent decision of Fisher v. Richardson GMP Limited (Fisher). In Fisher, Madam Justice G.A. Campbell denied certification of a class proceeding for two primary reasons: first, for failure to establish an identifiable…

Overtime for Employees Paid on an Annual Basis: Quebec’s Superior Court Denies Class Action Authorization

May 21, 2019

In its recent decision in Godin c. Aréna des Canadiens inc. (Decision), the Québec Superior Court (Court) refused to authorize an employment class action against Aréna des Canadiens inc. and Aréna du Rocket inc. (Arenas). The plaintiffs claimed that salaried employees were entitled under Quebec law to overtime pay if they worked more than 40 hours in one week. In…

Proposed Privacy Class Action “Collapses in its Entirety” on Commonality

May 8, 2019

On May 7, 2019, in Kaplan v. Casino Rama Services Inc. (Kaplan), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to certify a privacy class action arising out of a criminal cyberattack that included allegations of breach of privacy, breach of contract and negligence. The decision comes on the heels of another recent decision denying certification of a privacy class action,…

Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Clause and Stays Business Customer Claims in Class Action

April 10, 2019

On April 4, 2019, a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman (Wellman) decided that business customer claims in a class action should be stayed pursuant to arbitration clauses in the standard terms and conditions of those customers’ contracts. It further concluded that the Ontario Arbitration Act did not provide courts with jurisdiction…

Class Action Climate in Canada: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends

January 30, 2019

Join leading lawyers from Blakes for an interactive discussion that will span a cross-section of recent developments and hot-button topics such as: Emerging class action risks National and multijurisdictional class actions Cybersecurity and data breaches Employment, competition and securities class actions Settlement structures and considerations Following the seminar, we invite you to join us for cocktails and networking. Mandatory Continuing…

Cy-Près Love: B.C. to Impose Requirements for Charitable Distributions of Funds from Class Proceedings

November 22, 2018

On November 19, 2018, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 57, Attorney General Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill), in the legislative assembly for first reading. If passed, the Bill will amend the Class Proceedings Act to provide direction on how to allocate undistributed funds at the end of a class action. Historically, funds that were not distributed to the…

Lavender Haze Lifts: Court of Appeal Clarifies Auditor’s Duty of Care

September 6, 2018

On September 5, 2018, in Lavender v. Miller Bernstein LLP (Lavender), the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Court of Appeal) overturned a lower court decision that an auditor had a duty of care to its client’s clients. In doing so, the Court of Appeal applied the principles articulated by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Deloitte & Touche v….

The Man Who Sold (Around) the World: Ontario Not a Default Jurisdiction for Securities Class Actions

August 9, 2018

In its decision in Yip v. HSBC Holdings PLC, the Ontario Court of Appeal clarified the proper interpretation of “responsible issuer” in the context of a statutory claim for secondary market misrepresentation under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act (OSA) and related common law claims, providing guidance to entities faced with class action claims arising from Canadian trading of…

2018 Legal Trends: The Sharing Economy

June 12, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our second article takes a closer look at the sharing economy and how this new economic model impacts suppliers, customers and platform providers in various ways. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the sharing economy evolves.