Class Action Litigation

Key Contacts

Eizenga Michael High Resolution Image Michael A. Eizenga L.S.M.
Partner, Co-head of Class Actions
T: 416.777.4879
Woodin Cheryl Cheryl M. Woodin
Partner, Co-head of Class Actions
T: 416.777.6550

Our Class Action Litigation Group helps companies resolve potentially high-stakes class action disputes so that they can get back to the business at hand. From product liability and price fixing to securities and corporate governance issues, we understand the financial, regulatory, reputational and other business impacts and uncertainties associated with these typically complex disputes.

Our clients rely on our unsurpassed depth and breadth of practical experience and litigation expertise, coupled with our unparalleled knowledge of procedure, to inform every aspect of the defence of a class action. Our team employs a pragmatic yet highly creative approach to narrowing (if not eliminating) the claim prior to certification. We then proceed to trial (or resolution, as appropriate) based on the broader business context of the dispute. In doing so, we help our clients achieve meaningful results that align with their business objectives.

Select Experience

  • Bureau Veritas SA, in connection with a successful defence of the $1.85 billion class action commenced against it and Loblaw Co. Ltd. alleging that they neglected to warn workers of structural deficiencies in the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh before it collapsed. Read more
  • American Medical Systems Inc., in class proceedings commenced in Ontario, which sought damages allegedly arising from the use of a silicone-coated sling/mesh with InhibiZone device. The plaintiffs' action was vigorously defended and, ultimately, the claim was dismissed without any payment being made.
  • Exxon Mobil Chemical Company, in class proceedings commenced in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, which alleged that the defendants engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy. After Exxon brought preliminary motions, the plaintiff ultimately agreed to discontinue the class proceedings against Exxon without any payment of damages or costs.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Band 1, Dispute Resolution: Alberta

    "We have had good experiences working with them and their partners - they understand our business well."
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence)
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Dispute Resolution: Ontario

    "Their efforts were Herculean, their skills monumental."

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