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Published on: 10 Feb 2022 By

First reported decision on s. 29.1 of the amended CPA – Bourque v Insight Productions

In Bourque v Insight Productions, Justice Belobaba applied section 29.1 of the amended Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (“CPA”), dismissing a putative class action for delay. Section 29.1 provides that, on a motion, the court must dismiss a putative class proceeding for delay unless, by the first…

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Published on: 9 Feb 2022 By

What can I do if I disagree with a class action settlement?

Class actions are regularly resolved by way of settlement. Unlike settlements in other types of litigation, class action settlements must be approved by the court. Once approved, the settlement is binding on all class members who did not opt-out of the action. Prior to the settlement approva…

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Published on: 5 Jan 2022 By

Litigation Autonomy, Class Actions, and Unexplored Territory

Analyzing the Superior Court’s decision in Brazeau v. Canada (Attorney General), 2021 ONSC 8158 Introduction Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (the “CPA”) divides class actions into different stages, contingent on whether the litigation is focused on collective or individual issues. A pr…

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Published on: 6 Dec 2021 By

Upheld: plaintiffs win common issues trial after 24 years of institutional abuse

In Cavanaugh et al. v. Grenville Christian College et al., 2021 ONCA 755, a unanimous Court of Appeal upheld a decision answering five common issues in the plaintiffs’ favour. This was a resounding win for the class. Class proceedings rarely go to trial. In addition to being a rare common is…

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Published on: 30 Nov 2021 By

Correcting “public correction”: The Court of Appeal provides further guidance in Baldwin v Imperial Metals Corporation

The public correction of misrepresentations has come to play an increasingly prominent role in decisions for leave to proceed with the statutory case of action for misrepresentation provided to secondary market investors under Part XXIII.1 of the Securities Act. In Baldwin v Imperial Metals …

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Published on: 15 Oct 2021 By

Ontario Court releases merits decision in medical malpractice class action

After years of litigation, a medical malpractice class action has been decided on its merits. On September 15, 2021, the Ontario Superior Court released its common issues trial decision in Levac v. James, 2021 ONSC 5971. The class action resulted in the plaintiff achieving complete success a…

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