Category: Class Actions

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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.

New B.C. Legislation Proposes Multi-Jurisdictional Opt-Out Class Actions

April 27, 2018

INTRODUCTION Recently, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 21, 2018 Class Proceedings Amendment Act, to amend the Class Proceedings Act, R.S.B.C. 1996 (amended CPA). The bill received third reading on April 26, 2018. The amended CPA will permit national opt-out classes to be certified by the B.C. courts, which is a significant change from the current requirement that non-resident class…

British Columbia Supreme Court Rejects “File, Smile and Certify” Approach to Class Actions

January 23, 2018

The British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) recently dismissed the plaintiff’s application for class certification in Ewert v. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (Ewert), holding that certification is not simply a “file, smile and certify” exercise in which defendants can be forced into onerous and complex class action litigation on a “wing and a prayer”, without meeting the low threshold required. The…

Takeoff Denied Again: B.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Denial of Airline Fuel Surcharge Class Action

September 21, 2017

On September 12, 2017, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court) affirmed the refusal to certify a class proceeding against various airlines regarding the description of fuel surcharges in Simsek v. United Airlines, Inc. (also referred to as Unlu v. Air Canada) (Unlu). The plaintiffs alleged that the airlines improperly characterized fuel surcharges as “taxes” or “taxes and fees” on…

B.C. Court of Appeal Decision a Setback for Class Action Defendants

August 28, 2017

On August 18, 2017, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) released a significant decision relating to certification matters for class actions that could have wide-ranging effects on competition class actions commenced in B.C. and elsewhere. Godfrey v. Sony Corporation (Godfrey) involved an appeal from a B.C. Supreme Court decision allowing certification of a class action on behalf…

Who Is My Neighbour? Ontario Court Rejects a Duty of Care to Employees of Foreign Suppliers

July 24, 2017

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently dismissed a proposed class action arising out of the collapse of a manufacturing facility in Bangladesh. On July 5, 2017, in Das v. George Weston Limited (Das), the court found that under either Bangladesh or Ontario law, putative class members had no legally viable claims against the defendants. The decision raises several local…

Supreme Court of Canada Allows British Columbians to Pursue Privacy Class Action Against Facebook

June 29, 2017

On June 23, 2017, in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (Douez), the Supreme Court of Canada considered the enforceability of forum selection clauses involving consumers and privacy rights. The application judge had declined to enforce a forum selection clause and granted class certification in an action alleging breaches of B.C.’s Privacy Act for unauthorized use of individuals’ names and likenesses. The…

Year in Review: Some Positive Developments for Pharmaceutical Class Actions in Canada

April 10, 2017

The end of 2016 brought with it some good news for the defence in respect of pharmaceutical class actions, including a successful defence verdict in the first pharmaceutical product liability common issues trial in Canada. This article discusses key pharmaceutical class actions from 2016. 

B.C. Court of Appeal Denies Class Certification of Environmental Nuisance Claim

February 21, 2017

On February 15, 2017, the B.C. Court of Appeal issued its decision in Baker v. Rendle (Baker) denying class action certification in a case about nuisance claims against industrial operations. Baker lends further weight to the view that private claims by landowners for environmental nuisance are ill suited for resolution by class action. BACKGROUND The defendants obtained a composting facility…

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