- About Linda
- Publications & Speaking
- Community Involvement
- Notable Work & Decisions
Linda J. Visser is a partner of Siskinds LLP. She prosecutes complex price-fixing, product liability, consumer protection and pharmaceutical class actions. Linda joined Siskinds in 2007 after practicing commercial litigation in the Toronto office of a large national firm.
Linda is the vice-chair of the Canadian Bar Association – National Competition Law Litigation Section. In 2014, she was awarded the Order of Merit by the Consumers’ Association of Canada in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian consumers. Following an extensive peer-review survey process, Linda was named to The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Linda obtained her LL.B in 2005 from the University of Western Ontario where she received the Dean of Law Entrance Scholarship and various other academic awards, and graduated with distinction. She completed a semester at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Prior to attending law school, Linda obtained her Honours Business Administration (H.B.A.), with a Minor in Psychology, from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she graduated with honours.
Publications & Speaking
A Decade of Competition Law Class Actions: From Chadha to the ‘New Trilogy’
What does it mean to “opt-out” of a class action?
Why You Should Pay Attention to Class Action Notices
The Preferred Approach to Resolving Issues of Pass Through in Antitrust Claims
The Rise And Fall Of Chadha v Bayer
Speaker “Competition Litigation: Trends and Tactics”, hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, March 7, 2017
Speaker “Hot Topics: Key Issues and Trends in Competition, Securities and Privacy Law” 8th Annual Class Action Colloquium hosted by the Ontario Bar Association, December 5, 2016
Speaker “Bringing and Defending Class Actions: 10 Things Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ Counsel Need to Know”, Class Actions for Litigators, hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada, November 15, 2016
Speaker “What’s New in Anti-trust Class Actions”, 5th Annual Class Action Colloquium hosted by the Ontario Bar Association, December 2, 2013
Speaker “Supreme Court Holds Time is Rype for Indirect Purchasers in Canada – An Economic and Legal Discussion”, hosted by the Economics and Law Committee and the Class Action and Private Enforcement Committee of the CBA’s National Competition Law Section, November 27, 2013
Speaker “Session III: Sun-Rype Mock Argument” Annual Competition Law Fall Conference hosted by The Canadian Bar Association, September 20th 2012
Notable Work & Decisions
Counsel to the class in the hydrogen peroxide price-fixing class action.
Linda was counsel in precedent setting price-fixing class actions, including the hydrogen peroxide case – the first price-fixing conspiracy class action in Canada to be certified on behalf of both direct and indirect purchasers.
Settlements were achieved with four groups of defendants totaling over $20 million. The litigation is continuing against one group of defendants.
Counsel to the class in the LCD price-fixing class action.
Settlements were achieved with eight groups of defendants totaling over $60 million. The litigation is continuing against one group of defendants. In the LCD case, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the limitation period contained in the Competition Act is subject to discoverability. This is an important ruling from an access to justice perspective. The ruling ensures that companies are not able to avoid liability by concealing their conduct.
Counsel to the class in the XL Foods beef recall class action.
Action was certified on behalf of a Canadian and U.S. class, and a settlement was reached for persons who suffered personal or economic injury as a result of the recall.
Counsel to the class in the IKO organic roofing shingles class action.
Action was certified on behalf of a national class. A settlement has been reached in the action for $7.5 million.
Counsel to the class in the chocolate products price-fixing class action.
Settlements have been reached with all defendants totaling over $23 million.
"Class actions are an important tool in achieving justice for consumers and businesses that are injured by widespread wrongdoings. Since class actions were introduced in Ontario, Siskinds has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured consumers, patients, investors, and businesses."
— Linda Visser