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Published on: 28 Oct 2014 By

Consumer Protection Class Actions – Obtaining recovery for unfair business practices where individual damages are small

In Ontario, class actions are a mechanism for groups of people to seek justice. In this article, Elizabeth deBoer looks at how the Consumer Protection Act plays a role in class actions and provides examples of situations where the public can use this legislation to access justice. The Ontari…

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Published on: 27 Oct 2014 By

Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has been engaged in a fierce internal debate over the Association’s decision, now revoked, to intervene in Chevron’s appeal to the Supreme Court. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the case are seeking to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment obtained in Ecuador for te…

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Published on: 20 Oct 2014 By

U.S. Pentagon: Climate Change an Immediate Security Threat

The U.S. Pentagon’s latest report, the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, calls climate change an immediate threat to national security. The forward, by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, sets the tone: “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea le…

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