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Cy-Pres Awards: Achieving the Goals of Class Actions?

Posted in Awards and Recognitions, Class Actions

In the first set of class action decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court stated that the advantages of class actions are “access to justice”, “judicial economy” and “behaviour modification”.[1]  These advantages, often described as the goals of class actions, have been used in innumerable class action decisions since 2001.  It remains difficult to say what role these advantages or goals really play in class actions.

A case in point is the phenomenon of cy-pres awards.  Cy-pres (“as near as”) awards are used when it is too costly, or impossible, to identify all members of a class or to distribute a settlement fund directly to class members. … Continue Reading

Canadian Appeals Monitor wins Clawbie

Posted in Awards and Recognitions

We are delighted to share that McCarthy Tétrault’s Canadian Appeals Monitor blog has received a 2013 Clawbie (Canadian Law Blog Award) in the Practice Group Blog category, for its overall excellence in covering Canada’s appellate courts and cases.

2013 Canadian Law Blog Awards WinnerCanadian Appeals Monitor is one of McCarthy Tétrault’s 10 blogs covering a variety of practice areas. The Clawbies highlight in particular “This Week at the SCC” as “a strong regular contribution” that “really does take a national firm to pull off.”

We are also very proud of our partner Barry Sookman, whose eponymous Barry Sookman blog was a runner-up in the Clawbies’ Legal Technology category.… Continue Reading