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On April  29, 2020, Siskinds filed a class proceeding against the past and current manufacturers and marketers of Zantac-brand prescription and over-the-counter medications. Zantac (ranitidine) is used to treat gastrointestinal conditions such as acid indigestion, heartburn, sour stomach, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The ingestion of Zantac has been linked to exposure to high levels of NDMA, a probable human carcinogen that increases the user’s risk of cancer.

Siskinds represents a class of Canadians who suffered economic loss and personal injuries as the result of the purchase and/or use of Zantac. For more information concerning the Zantac class action, please contact us by completing the form below.

Developments

The proposed class action is in the early stages of litigation.

The next step in the litigation will be the certification hearing. At the certification hearing, the court will determine whether the litigation is properly prosecuted as a class action.

FAQs

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the Zantac class action?

All persons in Canada who purchased and/or ingested Zantac and their estates, administrators or other legal representatives.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the proposed class action unless you “opt out” (exclude yourself from the class action).

Can I exclude myself from the class action?

Yes. If the class action is certified, you will be given an opportunity to opt out (exclude yourself from the class action). If you opt out, you will not be able to participate in any settlement or court award achieved in the class action, but you may be able to pursue your claim on an individual basis. Generally speaking, you would only want to opt out of a class action if you intend to bring an individual action. In most circumstances, it is more cost effective to participate in a class action because the legal costs are spread over a large number of people, making it more economic for any individual class member to obtain relief.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

1) Register to receive updates about the class action by clicking the ‘Join’ button above and completing the form.

2) Keep a copy of all documents that may be relevant to this class action, such as:

  • Medical expenses incurred—appointments not covered by your provincial health care provider, prescriptions, medical devices, receipts, etc.;
  • All medical treatments, including the names and contact information of the health care provider (doctor, surgeon, physiotherapist etc.);
  • Pharmaceutical and medical records.

3) If possible, keep a journal of symptoms and note down any times when you or family members are unable to attend work or school as a result of your symptoms.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the Get in Touch form below.

Documents

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The proposed class action is in the early stages of litigation.

The next step in the litigation will be the certification hearing. At the certification hearing, the court will determine whether the litigation is properly prosecuted as a class action.

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the Zantac class action?

All persons in Canada who purchased and/or ingested Zantac and their estates, administrators or other legal representatives.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the proposed class action unless you “opt out” (exclude yourself from the class action).

Can I exclude myself from the class action?

Yes. If the class action is certified, you will be given an opportunity to opt out (exclude yourself from the class action). If you opt out, you will not be able to participate in any settlement or court award achieved in the class action, but you may be able to pursue your claim on an individual basis. Generally speaking, you would only want to opt out of a class action if you intend to bring an individual action. In most circumstances, it is more cost effective to participate in a class action because the legal costs are spread over a large number of people, making it more economic for any individual class member to obtain relief.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

1) Register to receive updates about the class action by clicking the ‘Join’ button above and completing the form.

2) Keep a copy of all documents that may be relevant to this class action, such as:

  • Medical expenses incurred—appointments not covered by your provincial health care provider, prescriptions, medical devices, receipts, etc.;
  • All medical treatments, including the names and contact information of the health care provider (doctor, surgeon, physiotherapist etc.);
  • Pharmaceutical and medical records.

3) If possible, keep a journal of symptoms and note down any times when you or family members are unable to attend work or school as a result of your symptoms.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the Get in Touch form below.

There are no documents to view at this time.

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