Class Action Litigation

Key Contacts

Eizenga Michael High Resolution Image Michael A. Eizenga
Partner, Head of Class Actions
T: 416.777.4879

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

  • 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.
  • Manulife Securities International Ltd., in connection with a class action commenced by certain investors in Portus Alternative Asset Management. The action involved the failure of certain investment funds and sought recovery for investors against a major financial institution who had issued notes to the funds.

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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