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Partner - Class Actions

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Phone: 519.660.7700
Fax: 519.660.7701

Linda is a partner in Siskinds' class action department. Linda's practice is focused primarily on price-fixing conspiracy class actions. She also prosecutes product liability and pharmaceutical class actions.

Education

Western University, LL.B. 2005 - Recipient of Dean of Law Entrance Scholarship; gold medalist 2003/2004, and recipient of various other academic awards.

The Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) - Student exchange program.

Wilfrid Laurier University H.B.A. 2002 - Graduated with honours.

 

Called to the Bar in 2006

About

Linda J. Visser is a partner of Siskinds LLP. Linda has a diverse class actions practice. She prosecutes complex price-fixing, product liability, consumer protection and pharmaceutical class actions.

Linda has been counsel in many important price-fixing cases, including hydrogen peroxide - the first case to be certified on behalf of a class that includes indirect purchasers. Linda has argued at all levels of court, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. In recent years, she was before the Ontario Court of Appeal or Supreme Court of Canada on important legal issues, including the court's jurisdiction of foreign class members, whether umbrella purchasers (purchasers of the relevant product from non-defendant manufacturers) have a cause of action in a price-fixing claim, and whether the statutory claim contained in the Competition Act provides for discoverability.

In 2014, Linda was awarded the Order of Merit by the Consumers' Association of Canada in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian consumers.

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

Prior to joining Siskinds in 2007, Linda practiced commercial litigation in the Toronto office of a large national firm.

Notable Work and Decisions

  • Counsel to the class in the auto parts price-fixing class action
  • This is a collection of more than 40 cases relating to the alleged price fixing of automotive parts for installation in new vehicles. The auto parts litigation stems from, perhaps, the largest cartel in history (at least in terms of the number of companies implicated and fines levied). To date, settlements have been reached totaling more than $75 million.
  • Counsel to the class in the air cargo class action
  • Action relates to a global conspiracy to fix prices of surcharges levied on air cargo shipments.Linda was counsel before the Court of Appeal regarding the court's jurisdiction of foreign class members. The Court of Appeal found in favour of the plaintiffs, holding that the court take assert jurisdiction over foreign class members.
  • Counsel to the class in the hydrogen peroxide price-fixing class action
    Linda was counsel in precedent setting price-fixing class actions, including the hydrogen peroxide case – the first price-fixing conspiracy class action in Canada to be certified on behalf of both direct and indirect purchasers. Settlements were achieved with all defendants totaling over $23 million.
  • Counsel to the class in the LCD price-fixing class action
    Settlements were achieved with eight groups of defendants totaling over $60 million. The litigation is continuing against one group of defendants.  In the LCD case, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the limitation period contained in the Competition Act is subject to discoverability. This is an important ruling from an access to justice perspective. The ruling ensures that companies are not able to avoid liability by concealing their conduct.
  • Counsel to the class in the XL Foods beef recall class action
    Action was certified on behalf of a Canadian and U.S. class, and a settlement was reached for persons who suffered personal or economic injury as a result of the recall.
  • Counsel to the class in the IKO organic roofing shingles class action
    Action was certified on behalf of a national class.  A settlement has been reached in the action for $7.5 million.
  • Counsel to the class in the chocolate products price-fixing class action
    Settlements have been reached with all defendants totaling over $23 million.

Publications and Speaking

Community Involvement

Reforest London, Former Member of the Board of Directors and Former Chair of the Governance Committee

London International Children's Festival, Former Member of the Board of Directors

Linda has participated in various fundraising runs, including a marathon and several half-marathons.

In 2014, through her work at Siskinds LLP, Linda was awarded the Order of Merit by the Consumers' Association of Canada in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian consumers.

Linda J. Visser is a partner of Siskinds LLP. Linda has a diverse class actions practice. She prosecutes complex price-fixing, product liability, consumer protection and pharmaceutical class actions.

Linda has been counsel in many important price-fixing cases, including hydrogen peroxide - the first case to be certified on behalf of a class that includes indirect purchasers. Linda has argued at all levels of court, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. In recent years, she was before the Ontario Court of Appeal or Supreme Court of Canada on important legal issues, including the court's jurisdiction of foreign class members, whether umbrella purchasers (purchasers of the relevant product from non-defendant manufacturers) have a cause of action in a price-fixing claim, and whether the statutory claim contained in the Competition Act provides for discoverability.

In 2014, Linda was awarded the Order of Merit by the Consumers' Association of Canada in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian consumers.

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

Prior to joining Siskinds in 2007, Linda practiced commercial litigation in the Toronto office of a large national firm.

  • Counsel to the class in the auto parts price-fixing class action
  • This is a collection of more than 40 cases relating to the alleged price fixing of automotive parts for installation in new vehicles. The auto parts litigation stems from, perhaps, the largest cartel in history (at least in terms of the number of companies implicated and fines levied). To date, settlements have been reached totaling more than $75 million.
  • Counsel to the class in the air cargo class action
  • Action relates to a global conspiracy to fix prices of surcharges levied on air cargo shipments.Linda was counsel before the Court of Appeal regarding the court's jurisdiction of foreign class members. The Court of Appeal found in favour of the plaintiffs, holding that the court take assert jurisdiction over foreign class members.
  • Counsel to the class in the hydrogen peroxide price-fixing class action
    Linda was counsel in precedent setting price-fixing class actions, including the hydrogen peroxide case – the first price-fixing conspiracy class action in Canada to be certified on behalf of both direct and indirect purchasers. Settlements were achieved with all defendants totaling over $23 million.
  • Counsel to the class in the LCD price-fixing class action
    Settlements were achieved with eight groups of defendants totaling over $60 million. The litigation is continuing against one group of defendants.  In the LCD case, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the limitation period contained in the Competition Act is subject to discoverability. This is an important ruling from an access to justice perspective. The ruling ensures that companies are not able to avoid liability by concealing their conduct.
  • Counsel to the class in the XL Foods beef recall class action
    Action was certified on behalf of a Canadian and U.S. class, and a settlement was reached for persons who suffered personal or economic injury as a result of the recall.
  • Counsel to the class in the IKO organic roofing shingles class action
    Action was certified on behalf of a national class.  A settlement has been reached in the action for $7.5 million.
  • Counsel to the class in the chocolate products price-fixing class action
    Settlements have been reached with all defendants totaling over $23 million.

Reforest London, Former Member of the Board of Directors and Former Chair of the Governance Committee

London International Children's Festival, Former Member of the Board of Directors

Linda has participated in various fundraising runs, including a marathon and several half-marathons.

In 2014, through her work at Siskinds LLP, Linda was awarded the Order of Merit by the Consumers' Association of Canada in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian consumers.