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Top Class Action Cases and Trends in Canada

December 12, 2023 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please note this webcast will be in English only.

Please join members of our Class Actions team for a discussion on trends in Canada. Our lawyers will review some of the best cases of the year, outlining why they are important and what impact they will have in the future.


  • Arbitration clauses – Karine Russell will review the recent B.C. Court of Appeal decision in Williams v. Amazon, where a partial stay of proposed consumer class actions was upheld because an arbitration agreement contained within electronic terms of service was found to be valid and enforceable.

  • Climate change – Climate change litigation and climate change class actions have been increasingly frequent throughout the world. David Tupper will discuss the latest trends and suggest strategies to anticipate and avoid adverse consequences.

  • Quebec trends – With recent decisions from the Quebec Court of Appeal, the province maintains the trend in lowering the authorization (certification) threshold. Conversely, several consumer class actions have been dismissed on the merits after having been authorized. Simon Seida will discuss these recent Quebec precedents.

  • Post-certification merits decisions – As in Quebec, class actions in the common law provinces are also increasingly reaching the merits stage. Cathy Beagan Flood will discuss recent post-certification merits decisions.


Event Details:
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
12 – 1p.m. (ET)

Mandatory Continuing Education:

This program is eligible for up to 1 Substantive hour.

British Columbia
This program has been accredited for up to 1.00 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a confirmation of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.