Category: Class Actions

Ontario Government Proposes Significant Amendments to Ontario Class Proceedings Act

December 20, 2019

On December 9, 2019, the Attorney General of Ontario introduced Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2019 (Bill 161) which, among other things, proposes a number of changes to the Ontario Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (CPA). Bill 161 follows a recent comprehensive review of the CPA by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO). The proposed amendments adopt many…

Climate Change Litigation Heats Up: Emerging Trends and Analysis

December 19, 2019

Recently, several Canadian youths aged 10 to 19, filed a lawsuit against the Government of Canada and the Attorney General of Canada over climate change, alleging violations of their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On October 25, 2019, the plaintiffs claimed that the release of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere is triggering a host…

Litigation Risk on the Rise: 3 Trends in Cybersecurity Class Actions in Canada

October 30, 2019

Cybersecurity litigation in Canada is on the rise. Given that the number of data breaches in Canada has been rising exponentially in recent years, the increase in cybersecurity litigation is unsurprising. However, the increase in the volume of breaches, coupled with privacy legislation changes, has resulted in more reporting to the privacy commissioners, attempted class proceedings, and settlements of actions….

2019 Legal Trends: Complex Disputes

July 24, 2019

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our second article for 2019 explores litigation developments in Canada, outlining the impact on business and the potential ramifications of recent court decisions and regulatory changes.

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…