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.

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

  • Trial counsel to Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Canada in a class action alleging breaches of the Competition Act and various other economic claims regarding the sale of operating system and 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 has been named in Who’s Who Legal: Canada in 2016 and 2017 as a leading lawyer in the area of Product Liability. She is currently recognized as a Litigation Star in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. From 2014 to 2016, Robin was recognized as a Future Star in litigation in the same publication.

Robin provides legal services through Robin Reinertson Law Corporation.
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.
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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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