Robin Reinertson
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3323

Robin has extensive litigation experience in British Columbia and Ontario. She has broad expertise in the defence of class actions and matters with product liability, consumer protection, competition/antitrust and regulatory compliance issues. Robin regularly advises clients on risk management and litigation avoidance in these areas, and also has a general commercial litigation practice.

Robin has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of the courts of British Columbia, as well as in Ontario courts.

Robin provides legal services through Robin Reinertson Law Corporation.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Part of the trial team that successfully defended one of the world's leading manufacturers of life-saving cardiac devices in the first medical products class action to go to trial in Ontario (146 trial days), which resulted in a decision dismissing the national class action alleging negligent design, testing and recall
  • Counsel to Microsoft Corporation in a class action alleging breaches of the Competition Act and various other economic claims regarding the sale of software products throughout Canada

  • Lead counsel to a furniture retailer in the successful defence of a proposed class action regarding cashable vouchers
  • Counsel to Coca Cola Ltd. in the successful defence of a proposed class action concerning vitaminwater® based on the B.C. Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and in the coordination of the Canadian litigation regarding vitaminwater®
  • Counsel to several financial institutions, defending multiple proposed class actions based on the B.C. Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act

  • Counsel to Merck & Co., Inc. and Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. in a proposed class action related to Propecia® and Proscar®
  • Counsel to leading pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer health product and food/beverage manufacturers on product liability, consumer protection and labelling/marketing individual actions and class actions
  • Counsel on a successful application for interim injunctive relief to freeze funds pending trial in an action alleging fraud and conspiracy
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Robin is currently recognized as a Litigation Star in Arbitration in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. From 2014 to 2016, she was recognized as a Future Star in litigation in the same publication. She has also been named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in 2016 and 2017 as a leading lawyer in the area of Product Liability.

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Going to California: Court of Appeal Rules Forum Selection Clause Overrides Certification of B.C.'s Privacy Act Claims
Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, Volume 16, No. 5, pp. 38-40, September 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Class Actions, August 2015.
Co-author: Food-Labelling Class Actions: The Canadian Experience to Date
For the Defense, Volumber 57, No. 8, pp. 76, 79, August 2015.
Co-author: Canada's B.C. Court of Appeal Rules Facebook's Forum Selection Clause Overrides Certification of B.C. Privacy Act Claims
Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report, Volume 15, No. 7, pp. 9-10, July 2015.
Author: A Methodology to Prove General Causation is Required to Certify Pharmaceutical Class Actions in Canada
Rx for the Defence: Newsletter of the Drug and Medical Device Committee of DRI, Volume 23, Issue 2, March 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, October 2014.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: In search of the right expert witness
Interviewed by Shannon Kari, Canadian Lawyer InHouse, April 24, 2017.
Speaker: Ahead of the Class: Important Updates and Developments in Class Actions
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 2, 2017.
Speaker: Important Updates and Developments in Class Action Practices
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 27, 2016.
Speaker: Authentication of Electronically Stored Information, Electronic Evidence and eDiscovery 2016
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 14, 2016
Speaker: Stop Hackers from Taking a Byte: Cybersecurity and Responding to Data Breaches
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 13, 2016.
Panellist and Speaker: Expert Witnesses: Recent Developments and Best Practices
Northwind Class Action Forum, Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, June 11, 2015.
Panellist: Cross-border and International Law Issues in Class Actions
The Philippe Kirsch Institute Conference on The Effective Use of International Law before Canadian Courts, Vancouver BC, May 6, 2015.
Guest Lecturer: Class Action Common Issues Trials
University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, April 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: No flood of class actions on food
Interviewed by Marg Bruineman, Law Times, September 5, 2016.
Interviewed: 'No harm, no foul' in airline surcharge fees
Interviewed by Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer InHouse, September 7, 2015.
Interviewed: Taking Stock of Food Fables
Cover story by Shannon Kari, Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine, April 2015.
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