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Since the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act in 1992, Siskinds has been at the forefront of the class action practice.  Siskinds was counsel in the first case to be certified on a contested basis in Canada (Bendall v McGhan Medical Corp, [1993] O.J.No. 1948). 

Siskinds has pioneered important practice areas that are now established practices – including securities and price-fixing.

Siskinds has been class counsel in many class actions and has recovered billions on behalf of affected persons.

Below is a sample of some of the important cases that Siskinds has been involved with:

  • Breast Implants – During the 1990s, Siskinds was counsel in litigation relating to allegedly defective breast implants.  The breast implants litigation was the first case to be certified on a contested basis in Ontario and Canada (Bendall v McGhan Medical Corp, [1993] O.J.No. 1948).  In total, more than $40 million was recovered on behalf of class members.
  • Dabbs v Sun Life Assurance Co of Canada – Class action settlements are subject to court approval.  Siskinds was counsel in the precedent setting decision that established the criteria to be considered by a Court in deciding whether to approve a class settlement. This decision has been relied upon by Ontario courts since 1998 in assessing and approving class settlements (Dabbs v Sun Life Assurance Co of Canada, (1998), 40 O.R. (3d) 429 (Gen. Div.)).
  • SNC Lavalin securities class action – A settlement was reached for $110 million.  This is the largest settlement in Canadian history, where there was no accompanying US market misrepresentation case.  The case is in the administration stage.
  • Vitamins price-fixing class action – Siskinds was counsel in the vitamins class action.  This was one of the first price-fixing cases brought in Canada.  Siskinds recovered $132 million on behalf of affected persons.  At the time, this was one of the largest class action settlements in Canada. 
  • VW Emissions Scandal – Siskinds was counsel in a class action relating to the VW emissions scandal.  $2 billion was recovered on behalf of class members.  The case is in the administration stage.
  • Walkerton E.coli outbreak – Siskinds was counsel in litigation relating to the 2000 E.coli contamination of the town’s water supply.  To date, more than $75 million has been paid to class members.
  • XL Foods – Siskinds was counsel in a class action relating to the 2012 recall of XL Foods beef.  This was the largest food recall in Canadian history.

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I am certainly grateful for Jill McCartney and Madeline McKinnon for all the time they spent on the class action for my and many others issue. People like me do not understand all the legal procedures and get impatient but the team was there to answer any questions or concerns no matter how many times I called or e-mailed and encouraged me to do so . In the end Jill made sure I totally understood the decisions.  Thank you so much for caring. Would recommend this firm anytime. - F.A.

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I am sincerely grateful to Leanne Kuchynski for representing my wife and I in what we considered to be an unprecedented situation. Leanne's compassion, practical advice, openness to feedback, brilliant strategic thinking and outstanding work ethic led to the most optimal outcome while maintaining a superior human experience. Despite the harsh realities of the situation, I felt extremely comfortable that our best interest was Leanne's utmost priority and was confident in her demonstrated ability. She was professional and exceptionally thorough, yet remained remarkably caring.

I use to have a somewhat cautious disposition towards lawyers based on past experiences; however, Leanne completely restored my faith in the profession and earned my unquestionable loyalty for all future legal needs. - S.M.

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“Knowledge is Power” is the driving force behind Catherine Bruni’s style of defense. Over the past decade Cathy has represented our firm with much success; the key factor being that Cathy knows every detail of the case, not only from the defense perspective, but the plaintiff’s side as well. Understanding the case from every angle gives our team an advantage, resulting in very favourable outcomes. Cathy’s straightforward approach has earned our respect and created a relationship of trust and confidence. Litigation is a stressful experience that can take away from one’s ability to operate a business. With Catherine Bruni as our advocate, we can continue to focus on the success of our business knowing that Cathy is managing one of the more difficult aspects of our business’s exposures. - A.P.