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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 so thankful to have connected with John [Morrissey] who helped solve our chaotic legal difficulty last summer. I chose Siskinds simply through an online search for local Estate Law. John responded to my general inquiry in a timely manner and presented himself on the phone in a way that invoked confidence and trust. The expertise evident in that initial call was authentic.
John’s kindness, attention to detail, and great skill was so appreciated as we maneuvered a messy family situation. Through the long course of events, I could always count on John to be on top of things, never miss deadlines or important actions, keep me informed, explain procedures, and be patient with various oddities of the family situation. John’s professionalism, responsiveness, and expertise exceeded my expectations. John’s skill in dealing with the argumentative party was exceptional. I will also add, that both Reenya Koshaba and Heather Whitty were extremely helpful, thorough, and detailed in all their work and responses.
I will endorse both Siskinds and John Morrissey to anyone in need of legal assistance. I cannot express enough my gratitude and relief for John’s help in resolving this emotional family controversy. - D.W.

I would like to thank Maciek Piekosz and his amazing team at Siskinds. Thank you for all of your hard work and and supplying me with the best support team ever. You have a wonderful group of people working in your law office and I appreciate every one of you! I will always recommend the Siskinds team and Maciek in particular. I really appreciate how hard Maciek fought for me and will remember the kindness and empathy he has shown me. I am very grateful. - C.B.

Elena [Ashford] and Angela [Belair] have been immensely useful in my application towards permanent residence. Elena's first hand experience as an immigrant brings out a compassionate approach towards her clients, and she is great with her knowledge of the processes involved. She takes a great initiative in ensuring that her clients stay on top of the documents and provides incredible insights into how the application would be viewed by the immigration offices. My application had come to a stand still, and after reaching out to her, it proceeded to approval within a month. Thank you to Elena and her team for all the great work! - C.P.