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Class Actions

BUSINESS - Class Actions

Among the firm's many significant cases in this area are the following:

  • We defended a major retailer in a multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit relating to claims that plastic mini-blinds contained a lead stabilizer allegedly constituting a health hazard. Our lawyers were successful in having the action dismissed at a relatively early stage of the litigation. Ewaskiw v. Zellers Inc. (1998), 40 O.R. (3d) 795 (Gen. Div.).

  • We acted for a defendant in two separate multi-million dollar class action lawsuits commenced on behalf of persons who dealt in shares of an issuer, either under a public offering or in the secondary market. One of the cases was the first in Canada where there was a settlement of a class action relating to trading in the secondary market. CC&L Dedicated Enterprise Fund (Trustee of) v. Fisherman (2002), 26 B.L.R. (3d) 281 (Ont. S.C.J.).

  • We acted in connection with a motion to disqualify for conflict of interest a member of the legal team representing the plaintiff class who had previously been the federal Minister of Health, leading a Department that had been responsible for certain regulatory matters at issue in the class action. Tiboni v. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. (2008), 89 O.R. (3d) 439 (S.C.J.).

  • We acted in a case for class counsel on a motion for the approval of fees, a proposed cy pres distribution and other issues. Garland v. Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., 2006 CanLII 41291 (Ont. S.C.J.).

  • We acted in successfully resisting a motion brought by the defendant to have class counsel found in contempt of court for communicating with various media outlets in the course of the lawsuit. Bywater v. Toronto Transit Commission (1999), 43 O.R. (3d) 367 (Gen. Div.).