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Canadian Class Actions Monitor


This blog provides our clients with insight and commentary on Canadian class actions in a variety of sectors. It also comments on the impact of class actions on Canadian businesses and the legal landscape, and shares our views on specific class actions in Canada, related developments and cross-border influences.

Our contributing bloggers include the following:

Chief Editor

Alex Cocks is a senior associate in our Litigation Group in Vancouver and a member of the firm’s National Class Actions Group. She has experience in complex commercial litigation cases, including class action defence, disputes regarding insurance coverage, financial services, real estate, shareholder disputes and construction. She also advises clients on lobbying laws. She brings a responsive, client-focused and results-oriented approach to each file.
Alex has experience representing clients at all levels of court in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada and in international and domestic commercial arbitrations. Alex defends clients in a variety of class actions, often on cross-provincial teams, including privacy, products liability, price-fixing, and securities class actions. She is the Co-Chair of the Class Actions subsection of the Canadian Bar Association of the BC Branch and she frequently delivers legal education presentations on current class action topics. She is a contributing author to the book Defending Class Actions: A Guide for Defendants, 4th Edition, published by Lexis Nexis. She is also the editor of the class action blogpost “Canadian Class Actions Monitor.”

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Blog Contributors

John Brown is a senior partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto and a member of the National Class Action Group. As senior counsel, he has extensive experience representing major corporations and institutions, both international and domestic, in class actions. His practice also includes general commercial litigation and arbitration. Mr. Brown has regularly acted for international groups of companies in class actions across Canada, defending allegations of worldwide price-fixing conspiracies involving a wide range of products and services including computer parts, carbon products, air cargo services, financial services and feed additives. He is also a contributing author to Defending Class Actions in Canada, a concise resource on class actions in Canada from a defence perspective, published by CCH.

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Chris Hubbard is a partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto. He maintains a general litigation practice which includes corporate/commercial litigation and medical malpractice. His practice includes class actions, mining litigation, product liability and product recalls, insurance, contractual disputes, and securities and shareholder litigation. He is a member of our National Class Actions Group and is also the Vice-Chair of the Class and Derivative Actions sub-committee of the American Bar Association, and a contributing author to the Class Actions Chapter of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee’s Annual Review. Mr. Hubbard has defended clients in a number of high profile class proceedings, including class proceedings involving cross-border securities litigation, allegations of criminal interest rates, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical litigation and the Walkerton water contamination litigation.

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Renee Reichelt is a partner in our Litigation Group in Calgary. She has extensive experience in litigating and advising clients in the financial services industry, including major banks and brokerage firms. She practises in a number of civil litigation areas including securities litigation, class action litigation, corporate/commercial disputes, shareholders disputes and oppression actions, negligence and contract disputes, creditor-debtor disputes, oil and gas litigation, land development disputes and environmental litigation. Ms. Reichelt is also a contributing author to Defending Class Actions in Canada, now in its third edition, published by the CCH Canadian Limited.

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Kara Smyth is a partner in our Litigation Group in Calgary. Her practice focuses on corporate commercial, class action and intellectual property litigation. She has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, including complex interlocutory motions, administrative reviews, trials and appeals. She has represented clients from a wide range of industries such as financial services, brokerage, oil and gas, wind farm development, commercial real estate, pharmaceuticals, agrosciences and technology in disputes concerning commercial contracts, class actions, director liability, departing fiduciary obligations, product liability and a variety of other matters concerning complex commercial transactions.

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Jill Yates is a partner in the Litigation Group in Vancouver. She is an experienced commercial litigator and has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and in arbitral hearings. She has particular expertise in the areas of class actions, products liability and real estate litigation. Ms. Yates has acted in numerous complex class action lawsuits, including in relation to financial services, price-fixing and product liability. Ms. Yates is the Chair of the British Columbia CBA Class Actions section and speaks and writes frequently on class action topics. She is also a contributing author to Defending Class Actions in Canada, now in its fourth edition, published by CCH Canadian Limited.

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