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Phone: 519.660.7753
Fax: 519.672.6065

Charles practises exclusively in the area of mass tort and class action litigation.

Education

Indiana University (B.A.B.S., 89),
University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill) Visiting Student 1992-93
University of Toronto LL.B., 1993

Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1995

About

Français

Charles is a Siskinds partner and leader of Siskinds' class actions group. He has been counsel to the class in numerous successful class actions, including the areas of price-fixing, securities, products liability, and consumer protection.

Charles has repeatedly been recognized as one of Canada's leading class action lawyers, including being named by Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide as one of the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, by Chambers & Partners as a class actions leading practitioner, by Benchmark Canada as a litigation star, and as a recipient of the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award.

A co-author of Class Actions Law and Practice (Butterworths 1999), he speaks frequently at public and legal forums on class action litigation.

Charles is a ranked lawyer in the nationwide plaintiff class action lawyers rankings by Chamber & Partners for 2018.


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Memberships and Associations

Middlesex Law Association, Member
American Association of Justice, Member
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Member

Awards and Recognition

  • Charles Wright was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
  • 2014, recipient of a Lexpert Zenith Award for his work at the forefront of class action law in Canada for over ten years
  • Since 2012, named to the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide for Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Since 2012, chosen directly by his peers to be published in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner
  • December 2012, named to Lexpert’s list of leading litigators in their Globe and Mail insert "Report on Business Special Edition: Litigation" For the years 2012 and 2013, named to Lexpert’s  Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
  • 2013, 2014 named by Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global: Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Plaintiff) - Canada - as a leading practitioner Benchmark Canada
  • Benchmark Canada, Local Litigation Star (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) - Ontario
  • Benchmark Canada, Litigation Star (2013, 2014) - Canada, Class Action
  • Class ActionSiskinds LLP named as the top-ranked Canadian firm in the "SCAS 50." Siskinds was the first Canadian firm to rank in the top 50 and has been the top Canadian firm each year since 2010
  • In 2014, Siskinds ranked 16th overall in the global ranking of the world's 50 leading securities class action law firms, the highest ranking ever attained by a Canadian firm. It is compiled annually by Securities Class Action Services, a unit of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)
  • 2009, LawDay Directory of Leading Lawyers: recognized as among the 50 Leading Practitioners in the practice area of Class Action-Plaintiff

 

Notable Work and Decisions

Counsel of record or played a major role in the following class actions:

Price-Fixing

  • Fanshawe College v Sony Optiarc, Inc. (Optical Disc Drives)
    2014 ONSC 6096
  • Airia Brands Inc v Air Canada (Airfreight Surcharges) – Settlements, to date, reached with 8 groups of defendants,
    [2007] OJ no 2430 (SCJ)
    [2007] OJ no 5031 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 1065 (SCJ)
    [2009] OJ no 709 (SCJ)
    [2009] OJ no 710 (SCJ)
    [2011] OJ no 3275 (SCJ)
  • Fanshawe College v LG Philips LCD Co. Ltd. (Liquid Crystal Display (“LCD”)) –Settlements, to date, reached with 5 groups of defendants, totalling $37.6 million.
    [2009] OJ no 5002 (SCJ)
    [2011] OJ no 2337 (SCJ)
  • Fanshawe College v Hitachi, Ltd. (Cathode Ray Tubes (“CRT”) – Settlement reached with defendant group.
  • Irving Paper Limited v Atofina Chemicals Inc. (Hydrogen Peroxide) – Settlements, to date, reached with 5 groups of defendants.
    [2006] OJ no 4311 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 1427 (SCJ)
    [2009] OJ no 4021 (SCJ); leave to appeal denied [2010] OJ no 2472 (SCJ)
  • Osmun v Cadbury Adams Canada Inc (Chocolate) – Settlements reached with 4 groups of defendants, resolving the litigation.
    [2009] OJ no 5566 (SCJ)
    [2010] OJ no 1877 (SCJ); aff’d [2010] OJ no 5304 (CA); leave to appeal to SCC denied
    [2010] OJ no 2093 (SCJ)
  • Ford v Degussa-Huls AG (Methionine) - Settlements reached with 3 groups of defendants.
    [2010] OJ no 2014 (SCJ)
  • 799376 Ontario Inv (c.o.b. Lonsdale Printing Services) (Trustee of) v Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc. (Carbonless Paper) – Settlement of $2.95 million.
    [2008] OJ no 2671 (SCJ)
  • La Cie McCormick Canada Co v Stone Container Corp (Linerboard) - Settlements reached with 3 groups of defendants, resolving the litigation.
    [2006] OJ no 3321 (SCJ)
  • Stone Paradise Inc. v Bayer Inc. (EPDM) - Settlements reached with 5 groups of defendants.
    [2005] OJ no 5657 (SCJ)
  • Mura v Archer Daniels Midland Co (Lysine) - Settlement reached with defendant group.
    [2003] BCJ no 1086
  • Newly Weds Foods Co. v Pfizer Inc. (Maltol) - Settlement reached with defendant group.
  • Bona Foods Ltd. v Ajinomoto U.S.A., Inc. (MSG) - Settlements reached with 4 defendant groups.
    [2003] OJ no 4734 (SCJ)
    [2004] OJ no 908 (SCJ)
  • Bona Foods Ltd v Pfizer Inc (Sodium Erythorbate) - Settlement reached with defendant group.
    [2002] OJ no 5553 (SCJ)
  • Alfresh Beverages Canada Corp v Archer Daniels Midland Co. (Citric Acid) – Settlement of approximately $8 million reached with defendant group.
    [2001] OJ no 6028 (SCJ)
  • Alfresh Beverages Canada Corp. v Hoechst AG. (Sorbates) - Settlement reached with 1 defendant group.
    [2002] OJ no 79 (SCJ)
  • Vitapharm Canada Ltd. v F. Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. (Various vitamin products)
    - National settlement of approximately $148 million.
    [2001] OJ no 237 (SCJ)
    (2001), 6 C.P.C. (5th) 245, aff'd [2002] O.J. No. 1400 (Div. Ct.)
    [2002] OJ no 298 (S.C.J.), 20 C.P.C. (5th) 351, 111 A.C.W.S. (3d) 471
  • Ritchie-Smith Feed, Inc. v. Rhône-Poulenc Canada Inc. (Vitamins) - Settlements reached with defendant groups.
    [2005] BCJ no 857 (SC)

Securities

  • Dugal v Manulife Financial Corporation
    [2011] OJ no 1239 (SCJ)
    [2011] OJ no 1240 (SCJ)
    2014 ONSC 1347
  • Smith v Sino-Forest Corporation - $117 million partial settlement with Ernst & Young.
    2012 ONSC 24
  • Genier v CCI Capital Canada Ltd.
    [2005] OJ no 1135 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 161 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 633 (SCJ)
  • Snelgrove v. Cathay Forest Products Corp. – Settlement of $1.9 million.
    2013 ONSC 7282
  • Zaniewicz v Zungui Haixi Corporation – Settlement of $10.85 million.
    2013 ONSC 5490
  • West Coast Soft Wear Ltd. v 1000128 Alberta Ltd. – Settlement of $9.99 million.
    [2010] OJ no 5247 (SCJ)
  • Metzler Investment GMBH v Gildan Activewear Inc. - North American settlement of US$22.5 million.
    [2009] OJ no 3315 (SCJ)
  • Omers Administration Corp v CP Ships Ltd (formerly McCann v. CP Ships Ltd.) – National settlement of $12.8 million.
    [2009] OJ no 5182 (SCJ)
    [2010] OJ no 5249 (SCJ)
  • Gould v BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. - North American settlement of US$21 million and CDN$4.55 million.
    [2007] OJ no 1095 (SCJ)

Product Liability

  • White v IKO Industries Ltd. (Roofing Shingles)
    [2010] OJ no 2954 (SCJ)
    Barwin v. IKO Industries Ltd., 2012 ONSC 3969
    Barwin v. IKO Industries Ltd., 2013 ONSC 3054
  • Wong v Sony Corp. (DVD Player) – Settlement reached resolving the litigation.
    [2008] OJ no 3096
  • Allen v Uponor Ltd. (Plumbing Products) - National settlement for damages, warranty extension and the cost to repair or replace.
  • Gariepy v Shell Oil Co. (Polybutylene Pipe) - Settlements reached with each of 3 defendants resolving the litigation.
    [2004] OJ no 5309 (Div Ct)
    [2005] OJ no 505 (Div Ct)
  • Kelman v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Entran II hose) - North American settlement of approximately US$300 million.
    [2005] OJ no 175 (SCJ)
  • Crawford v The Corporation of the City of London (Condominium Fireplaces) - Settlement reached for expenses of converting wood burning fireplaces to gas insert fireplaces.
    [2000] OJ no 989 (SCJ); leave to appeal denied [2000] OJ no 2088 (SCJ)
  • Rosati v Ipex USA LLC (Plumbing Products) - North American settlement of $125 million.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

  • Bisignano v La Corporation Instrumentarium Inc. (TMJ Implants) – National settlement of approximately $9.4 million.
    1999 CarswellOnt 3834 (S.C.J.)
  • Breast Implant Litigation - Settlements reached with Bristol Myers, Baxter Healthcare and Dow Corning Corporation totalling in excess of $40 million.
  • Bendall v. McGhan Medical Corporation
    1993 CarswellOnt 394, 16 C.P.C. (3d) 156, 106 D.L.R. (4th) 339, 14 O.R. (3d) 734 (Gen. Div.)
  • Serwaczek v. Medical Engineering Corporation
    1996 CarswellOnt 3182, 13 O.T.C. 63, 3 C.P.C. (4th) 386, O.J. No. 3038 (Gen. Div.)
  • Burke v. American Heyer-Schulte Corp.
    (1994), 21 C.P.C. (3d) 137, O.J. No. 141 (Ont. Ct.(Gen. Div.)), aff'd [1997] O.J. No. 3925 (Ont. C.A.) (O.L.)
  • Conlon v Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Co. (Tequin) - National settlement of approximately $5 million.
  • Doucette v Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Co. (Stadol NS) - National settlement of approximately $12.4 million.
  • Knowles v. Wyeth-Ayerst Canada Inc. (Pondimin) - National settlement of approximately $11.3 million.
    [2001] OJ no 1812 (SCJ)
    [2001] OJ no 2880 (SCJ)
    [2001] OJ no 2881 (SCJ)

Employment and Benefits

  • Kranjcec v Ontario (Ontario Government Retirees Health Benefits) - Settlement of $20 million.
    [2004] OJ no 19 (SCJ)
    [2006] OJ no 3671 (SCJ)
  • Huras v. Primerica Financial Services Ltd. - Settlement for class alleging breach of Employment Standards Act (failure to pay for mandatory training).
    [2000] OJ no 1474 (SCJ); appeal dismissed [2001] OJ no 3318 (CA)
    [2000] OJ no 3772 (CA)
  • Penton v Parker Canada Holding Co. – Settlement for damages for wrongful dismissal from mass termination.
  • Smith v Krones Machinery Company Ltd. – Settlement of approximately $1.4 million for damages for wrongful dismissal resulting from mass termination.
    [1999] OJ no 5113 (SCJ)
    [2000] OJ no 66 (SCJ)
  • Reble v. Navistar International Corporation Canada - Settlement for non-union retirees whose post-retirement health benefits were reduced.

Consumer Protection

  • Helm v. Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited – Settlement of $5.84 million following summary judgment argument.
    2012 ONSC 2602
  • Munro v. Bausch & Lomb Inc. (17 October 1997), London 22610 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.). [unreported] - Three province settlement (Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia) with compensation of approximately $4 million.

Other

  • Gray v. Great-West Lifeco Inc. - Settlement reached stemming from demutualization of Canada Life and its subsequent purchase by Great-West Lifeco Inc.
    2011 MBQB 13
  • Dabbs v Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada (Vanishing Premiums)
    [1997] OJ no 3528 (Gen Div)
    [1998] OJ no 1598 (Gen Div)
    [1998] OJ no 2811 (Gen Div)
  • Haney Iron Works Ltd. v Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (c.o.b. Manulife Financial) (Vanishing Premiums)
    [1998] BCJ no 2936 (SC)
  • McKrow v Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Vanishing Premiums)
    [1998] OJ no 4692 (SCJ)

Publications and Speaking

Author - "Practical Tips for Managing Class Actions" - Canadian Bar Association / New Brunswick CLE Conference - October 2014
Co-Author - "Third-party funding for Class Actions, and Control Over the Litigation", (2014) 55:1 CBLJ 165
Co-Author - "Class Action Counsel Fees: A Fair and Reasonable Approach" (2011)
Authored a chapter in the American Antitrust Institute’s The International Handbook On Private Enforcement of Competition Law published by Edward Elgar Publishing, (2010)

Community Involvement

Memorial Boys and Girls Club of London, Board Member
London Squash and Racquet Club, Member
Always an avid tennis player, Charles has twice won national junior doubles championships, won a silver medal at the 1997 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and was a member of the All-Big Ten Conference tennis teams in 1987 and 1988.

Français

Charles is a Siskinds partner and leader of Siskinds' class actions group. He has been counsel to the class in numerous successful class actions, including the areas of price-fixing, securities, products liability, and consumer protection.

Charles has repeatedly been recognized as one of Canada's leading class action lawyers, including being named by Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide as one of the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, by Chambers & Partners as a class actions leading practitioner, by Benchmark Canada as a litigation star, and as a recipient of the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award.

A co-author of Class Actions Law and Practice (Butterworths 1999), he speaks frequently at public and legal forums on class action litigation.

Charles is a ranked lawyer in the nationwide plaintiff class action lawyers rankings by Chamber & Partners for 2018.


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Middlesex Law Association, Member
American Association of Justice, Member
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Member

  • Charles Wright was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
  • 2014, recipient of a Lexpert Zenith Award for his work at the forefront of class action law in Canada for over ten years
  • Since 2012, named to the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide for Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Since 2012, chosen directly by his peers to be published in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner
  • December 2012, named to Lexpert’s list of leading litigators in their Globe and Mail insert "Report on Business Special Edition: Litigation" For the years 2012 and 2013, named to Lexpert’s  Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
  • 2013, 2014 named by Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global: Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Plaintiff) - Canada - as a leading practitioner Benchmark Canada
  • Benchmark Canada, Local Litigation Star (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) - Ontario
  • Benchmark Canada, Litigation Star (2013, 2014) - Canada, Class Action
  • Class ActionSiskinds LLP named as the top-ranked Canadian firm in the "SCAS 50." Siskinds was the first Canadian firm to rank in the top 50 and has been the top Canadian firm each year since 2010
  • In 2014, Siskinds ranked 16th overall in the global ranking of the world's 50 leading securities class action law firms, the highest ranking ever attained by a Canadian firm. It is compiled annually by Securities Class Action Services, a unit of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)
  • 2009, LawDay Directory of Leading Lawyers: recognized as among the 50 Leading Practitioners in the practice area of Class Action-Plaintiff

 

Counsel of record or played a major role in the following class actions:

Price-Fixing

  • Fanshawe College v Sony Optiarc, Inc. (Optical Disc Drives)
    2014 ONSC 6096
  • Airia Brands Inc v Air Canada (Airfreight Surcharges) – Settlements, to date, reached with 8 groups of defendants,
    [2007] OJ no 2430 (SCJ)
    [2007] OJ no 5031 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 1065 (SCJ)
    [2009] OJ no 709 (SCJ)
    [2009] OJ no 710 (SCJ)
    [2011] OJ no 3275 (SCJ)
  • Fanshawe College v LG Philips LCD Co. Ltd. (Liquid Crystal Display (“LCD”)) –Settlements, to date, reached with 5 groups of defendants, totalling $37.6 million.
    [2009] OJ no 5002 (SCJ)
    [2011] OJ no 2337 (SCJ)
  • Fanshawe College v Hitachi, Ltd. (Cathode Ray Tubes (“CRT”) – Settlement reached with defendant group.
  • Irving Paper Limited v Atofina Chemicals Inc. (Hydrogen Peroxide) – Settlements, to date, reached with 5 groups of defendants.
    [2006] OJ no 4311 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 1427 (SCJ)
    [2009] OJ no 4021 (SCJ); leave to appeal denied [2010] OJ no 2472 (SCJ)
  • Osmun v Cadbury Adams Canada Inc (Chocolate) – Settlements reached with 4 groups of defendants, resolving the litigation.
    [2009] OJ no 5566 (SCJ)
    [2010] OJ no 1877 (SCJ); aff’d [2010] OJ no 5304 (CA); leave to appeal to SCC denied
    [2010] OJ no 2093 (SCJ)
  • Ford v Degussa-Huls AG (Methionine) - Settlements reached with 3 groups of defendants.
    [2010] OJ no 2014 (SCJ)
  • 799376 Ontario Inv (c.o.b. Lonsdale Printing Services) (Trustee of) v Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc. (Carbonless Paper) – Settlement of $2.95 million.
    [2008] OJ no 2671 (SCJ)
  • La Cie McCormick Canada Co v Stone Container Corp (Linerboard) - Settlements reached with 3 groups of defendants, resolving the litigation.
    [2006] OJ no 3321 (SCJ)
  • Stone Paradise Inc. v Bayer Inc. (EPDM) - Settlements reached with 5 groups of defendants.
    [2005] OJ no 5657 (SCJ)
  • Mura v Archer Daniels Midland Co (Lysine) - Settlement reached with defendant group.
    [2003] BCJ no 1086
  • Newly Weds Foods Co. v Pfizer Inc. (Maltol) - Settlement reached with defendant group.
  • Bona Foods Ltd. v Ajinomoto U.S.A., Inc. (MSG) - Settlements reached with 4 defendant groups.
    [2003] OJ no 4734 (SCJ)
    [2004] OJ no 908 (SCJ)
  • Bona Foods Ltd v Pfizer Inc (Sodium Erythorbate) - Settlement reached with defendant group.
    [2002] OJ no 5553 (SCJ)
  • Alfresh Beverages Canada Corp v Archer Daniels Midland Co. (Citric Acid) – Settlement of approximately $8 million reached with defendant group.
    [2001] OJ no 6028 (SCJ)
  • Alfresh Beverages Canada Corp. v Hoechst AG. (Sorbates) - Settlement reached with 1 defendant group.
    [2002] OJ no 79 (SCJ)
  • Vitapharm Canada Ltd. v F. Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. (Various vitamin products)
    - National settlement of approximately $148 million.
    [2001] OJ no 237 (SCJ)
    (2001), 6 C.P.C. (5th) 245, aff'd [2002] O.J. No. 1400 (Div. Ct.)
    [2002] OJ no 298 (S.C.J.), 20 C.P.C. (5th) 351, 111 A.C.W.S. (3d) 471
  • Ritchie-Smith Feed, Inc. v. Rhône-Poulenc Canada Inc. (Vitamins) - Settlements reached with defendant groups.
    [2005] BCJ no 857 (SC)

Securities

  • Dugal v Manulife Financial Corporation
    [2011] OJ no 1239 (SCJ)
    [2011] OJ no 1240 (SCJ)
    2014 ONSC 1347
  • Smith v Sino-Forest Corporation - $117 million partial settlement with Ernst & Young.
    2012 ONSC 24
  • Genier v CCI Capital Canada Ltd.
    [2005] OJ no 1135 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 161 (SCJ)
    [2008] OJ no 633 (SCJ)
  • Snelgrove v. Cathay Forest Products Corp. – Settlement of $1.9 million.
    2013 ONSC 7282
  • Zaniewicz v Zungui Haixi Corporation – Settlement of $10.85 million.
    2013 ONSC 5490
  • West Coast Soft Wear Ltd. v 1000128 Alberta Ltd. – Settlement of $9.99 million.
    [2010] OJ no 5247 (SCJ)
  • Metzler Investment GMBH v Gildan Activewear Inc. - North American settlement of US$22.5 million.
    [2009] OJ no 3315 (SCJ)
  • Omers Administration Corp v CP Ships Ltd (formerly McCann v. CP Ships Ltd.) – National settlement of $12.8 million.
    [2009] OJ no 5182 (SCJ)
    [2010] OJ no 5249 (SCJ)
  • Gould v BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. - North American settlement of US$21 million and CDN$4.55 million.
    [2007] OJ no 1095 (SCJ)

Product Liability

  • White v IKO Industries Ltd. (Roofing Shingles)
    [2010] OJ no 2954 (SCJ)
    Barwin v. IKO Industries Ltd., 2012 ONSC 3969
    Barwin v. IKO Industries Ltd., 2013 ONSC 3054
  • Wong v Sony Corp. (DVD Player) – Settlement reached resolving the litigation.
    [2008] OJ no 3096
  • Allen v Uponor Ltd. (Plumbing Products) - National settlement for damages, warranty extension and the cost to repair or replace.
  • Gariepy v Shell Oil Co. (Polybutylene Pipe) - Settlements reached with each of 3 defendants resolving the litigation.
    [2004] OJ no 5309 (Div Ct)
    [2005] OJ no 505 (Div Ct)
  • Kelman v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Entran II hose) - North American settlement of approximately US$300 million.
    [2005] OJ no 175 (SCJ)
  • Crawford v The Corporation of the City of London (Condominium Fireplaces) - Settlement reached for expenses of converting wood burning fireplaces to gas insert fireplaces.
    [2000] OJ no 989 (SCJ); leave to appeal denied [2000] OJ no 2088 (SCJ)
  • Rosati v Ipex USA LLC (Plumbing Products) - North American settlement of $125 million.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

  • Bisignano v La Corporation Instrumentarium Inc. (TMJ Implants) – National settlement of approximately $9.4 million.
    1999 CarswellOnt 3834 (S.C.J.)
  • Breast Implant Litigation - Settlements reached with Bristol Myers, Baxter Healthcare and Dow Corning Corporation totalling in excess of $40 million.
  • Bendall v. McGhan Medical Corporation
    1993 CarswellOnt 394, 16 C.P.C. (3d) 156, 106 D.L.R. (4th) 339, 14 O.R. (3d) 734 (Gen. Div.)
  • Serwaczek v. Medical Engineering Corporation
    1996 CarswellOnt 3182, 13 O.T.C. 63, 3 C.P.C. (4th) 386, O.J. No. 3038 (Gen. Div.)
  • Burke v. American Heyer-Schulte Corp.
    (1994), 21 C.P.C. (3d) 137, O.J. No. 141 (Ont. Ct.(Gen. Div.)), aff'd [1997] O.J. No. 3925 (Ont. C.A.) (O.L.)
  • Conlon v Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Co. (Tequin) - National settlement of approximately $5 million.
  • Doucette v Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Co. (Stadol NS) - National settlement of approximately $12.4 million.
  • Knowles v. Wyeth-Ayerst Canada Inc. (Pondimin) - National settlement of approximately $11.3 million.
    [2001] OJ no 1812 (SCJ)
    [2001] OJ no 2880 (SCJ)
    [2001] OJ no 2881 (SCJ)

Employment and Benefits

  • Kranjcec v Ontario (Ontario Government Retirees Health Benefits) - Settlement of $20 million.
    [2004] OJ no 19 (SCJ)
    [2006] OJ no 3671 (SCJ)
  • Huras v. Primerica Financial Services Ltd. - Settlement for class alleging breach of Employment Standards Act (failure to pay for mandatory training).
    [2000] OJ no 1474 (SCJ); appeal dismissed [2001] OJ no 3318 (CA)
    [2000] OJ no 3772 (CA)
  • Penton v Parker Canada Holding Co. – Settlement for damages for wrongful dismissal from mass termination.
  • Smith v Krones Machinery Company Ltd. – Settlement of approximately $1.4 million for damages for wrongful dismissal resulting from mass termination.
    [1999] OJ no 5113 (SCJ)
    [2000] OJ no 66 (SCJ)
  • Reble v. Navistar International Corporation Canada - Settlement for non-union retirees whose post-retirement health benefits were reduced.

Consumer Protection

  • Helm v. Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited – Settlement of $5.84 million following summary judgment argument.
    2012 ONSC 2602
  • Munro v. Bausch & Lomb Inc. (17 October 1997), London 22610 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.). [unreported] - Three province settlement (Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia) with compensation of approximately $4 million.

Other

  • Gray v. Great-West Lifeco Inc. - Settlement reached stemming from demutualization of Canada Life and its subsequent purchase by Great-West Lifeco Inc.
    2011 MBQB 13
  • Dabbs v Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada (Vanishing Premiums)
    [1997] OJ no 3528 (Gen Div)
    [1998] OJ no 1598 (Gen Div)
    [1998] OJ no 2811 (Gen Div)
  • Haney Iron Works Ltd. v Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (c.o.b. Manulife Financial) (Vanishing Premiums)
    [1998] BCJ no 2936 (SC)
  • McKrow v Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Vanishing Premiums)
    [1998] OJ no 4692 (SCJ)

Author - "Practical Tips for Managing Class Actions" - Canadian Bar Association / New Brunswick CLE Conference - October 2014
Co-Author - "Third-party funding for Class Actions, and Control Over the Litigation", (2014) 55:1 CBLJ 165
Co-Author - "Class Action Counsel Fees: A Fair and Reasonable Approach" (2011)
Authored a chapter in the American Antitrust Institute’s The International Handbook On Private Enforcement of Competition Law published by Edward Elgar Publishing, (2010)

Memorial Boys and Girls Club of London, Board Member
London Squash and Racquet Club, Member
Always an avid tennis player, Charles has twice won national junior doubles championships, won a silver medal at the 1997 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and was a member of the All-Big Ten Conference tennis teams in 1987 and 1988.

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