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Goodmans Expertise

Class Actions

Goodmans has extensive class action litigation experience, representing defendants in many of the leading class action cases in Canada including many multi-national class actions. Goodmans’ litigators are second to none in their “no stone unturned” approach to litigation and their ability to provide such representation in a cost-effective manner. 

Our litigators have the knowledge and experience to identify, at the earliest stages of a case, the key strategic issues and approaches, and to coordinate all aspects of defending a class action. From preliminary motions to certification and right through trial, you can expect our litigators to be fearless in defending the interests of our clients.

Our litigators are outstanding advocates and have earned deep and abiding respect from the bench, peers and opponents alike. Our litigators regularly appear in all levels of court, including provincial and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Goodmans offers proven experience in a broad range of class actions including those involving:

  • Product liability
  • Price fixing
  • Statute and contract-based restitution claims
  • Shareholder and securities claims
  • Privacy and data breaches
  • Consumer banking issues
  • Employee benefits / pension claims 

Representative Clients and Cases

Goodmans has acted in the defence (or avoidance) of numerous proposed or threatened class actions. We have acted on some of Canada’s most complex class action files, including appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada in three precedent-setting class action cases: Danier Leather (IPO), CI Investments (market timing) and CIBC (sub-prime).

Selected class actions include:

  • Apotex Inc. in class actions relating to proliferation of opioids in Canada.
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation in an appeal to the Newfoundland Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada in respect of an order certifying a class action relating to video lottery terminals.
  • MUFG Bank (formerly The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) in a class action against a number of Canadian and international banks regarding alleged price manipulation of the Foreign Exchange market.
  • IPEX Inc. in product liability claims in Canada.
  • Capital One Financial Corporation in a class action against various banks and credit card companies in respect of claims brought on behalf of merchants in Canada related to allegations of a conspiracy to fix Visa and MasterCard credit card interchange fees.
  • Toronto Hydro in class action at the Supreme Court of Canada concerning late payment penalties.
  • American and Japanese auto parts manufacturers in class actions commenced in various jurisdictions alleging price fixing related to the manufacture and sale of various auto parts.
  • Uber Technologies Inc. in a class action alleging that Uber conspired with its drivers to fix the prices charged for rides, and to allocate sales, territories and customers. No motion to certify has yet been served and the quantum of damages/other monetary relief being sought is not known.
  • Playtex in the successful defence of sunscreen product liability class action.
  • BASF Canada, BASF Corporation and BASF A.G. in a class action against multiple chemical manufacturers regarding alleged price fixing in the polyether polyol market.
  • Imperial Tobacco Ltd. in a producers’ class action.
  • Former senior officers of CIBC in a shareholder class action alleging misrepresentation and negligence related to investments made in sub-prime lending securities and related derivative products.
  • Dow Chemical in successful defence of Agent Orange herbicide class actions.