Class Action

Federal Court approves settlement with moms denied extra EI benefits

Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau is “thrilled” that the Federal Court has approved a multimillion-dollar class-action settlement launched by people denied employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits because they were on parental leave at the same time as their illness, reports the Toronto Star . Read more

Canadian companies shouldn't read too much into Bangladesh ruling

Canadian companies with connections to foreign disasters could still find themselves on the hook for damages, even after the Court of Appeal recently dismissed a claim against a major retailer involving a building collapse in Bangladesh, says Toronto class action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Ride-sharing class action back on track despite province bailing

The provincial government's decision to not take part in an appeal concerning a proposed $400-million class action against a leading ride-sharing service was an "abdication," says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright, who successfully argued the matter on behalf of a plaintiff driver. Read more

Representative plaintiffs key players in class-action lawsuits

Representative plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits play a vital role as the name and face of a very public proceeding, says Toronto class action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Connecting losses to alleged negligence key in class action: Waddell

A judge’s decision to deny certification of a pharmaceutical class-action lawsuit demonstrates how important it is for plaintiffs to connect losses to alleged negligence, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Indian Hospital class action: the origins

In part one of a three-part series exploring the Indian Hospital class action, Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey discusses some of the instances of medical mistreatment that led to the lawsuit, including medical experiments and children who were switched at birth. Read more

Moreau files class action against TV production company

A $45-million lawsuit has been launched against the production company that makes a number of popular TV programs — including Property Brothers — alleging wages and other benefits were unpaid to hundreds of contract production workers. Read CBC , CTV , Global Read more

Decision: better compensation for public health insurers in class actions

A recent Saskatchewan court decision is significantly improving the way public health insurers are compensated in class-action lawsuits, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Grey spreads the word about 'Indian hospital' class action

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey is spreading the word across Alberta about new residential school and “Indian Hospital” claims against the Canadian government. Read more

Darryl Singer's media roundup

Toronto-area civil litigator and personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer is frequently called upon by the media to be a trusted source for their news stories, particularly for his focus on cases involving professional misconduct. Read more

How the Soulpepper case changed cultural institutions without going to trial

TORONTO — They may not have had their day in court, but the actresses who sued the Soulpepper Theatre Company and one of its co-founders over sexual harassment allegations succeeded in changing the company's culture, legal experts say, showing the power of civil actions as a tool in the #MeToo movement. Read more

Siskinds files proposed class action against Facebook

A class-action lawsuit filed by Siskinds LLP against Facebook continues to collect plaintiffs who may have had their data scraped by Cambridge Analytica through an app on the popular social media platform, says London, Ont. privacy lawyer Peter Dillon. Read more

Ontario court certifies ballet class-action lawsuit

A judge has given the green light to a lawsuit launched by Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell against a prominent ballet school and former teacher on behalf of former students who allege intimate pictures were taken of them, some of which were sold online. Read more

Due diligence for discovery a key issue in bank class action: Waddell

The fundamental issue the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) was grappling with in a class-action lawsuit against major banks was the meaning of “exercising due diligence” to discover a potential claim, Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell tells Law Times . Read more

Grey to host information sessions on Indian hospitals class action

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey will host two information sessions to update potential claimants on the Indian hospitals class action. Read more