Court Considers Appropriate Pleadings in Class Action Context

In a recent development in Ottawa’s “convoy class action,” Justice MacLeod of the Ontario Superior Court provided a helpful review for litigants of what will be considered an appropriate pleading under the Rules of Civil Procedure particularly in the class proceedings context. Background Li v. Barber is a proposed class proceeding commenced by an Ottawa…

Ontario Court Approves Settlement Amount in Employee Misclassification Class Action

In Phillip v Deloitte Management Services LLP et al, the Ontario Superior Court recently approved a $2.4 million dollar settlement in a class action alleging employee misclassification and breaches of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The class action commenced nearly 8 years ago and involved approximately 500 individuals who provided document review and e-discovery…

Appellate Court Denies Certification of Class Actions Claiming Intrusion Upon Seclusion

In Broutzas v. Rouge Valley Health System, the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed an appeal from a motion decision that had denied certification in two class proceedings, which were focused on the tort of intrusion upon seclusion. Background The appellants gave birth at certain hospitals between 2009 and 2014 and their hospital records were improperly accessed…

Beyond COVID-19: 2022 Year in Review – Cases and Legislation of Note

Employers and human resource professionals will undoubtedly remember 2022 as another year shaped by the pandemic.

But…there were also legal developments in 2022 that were not related to COVID-19. In this FTR Now, we look at some of the past year’s notable “non-pandemic” cases and legislative developments.

Class Action Certified Against the MLTC Respecting COVID-19 Deaths/Illnesses in Long-Term Care Homes

In Robertson v. Ontario, Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently certified a class proceeding against the Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care (MLTC). The case relates to the deaths or serious illness due to COVID-19 of thousands of residents in provincially regulated long-term care (LTC) homes. Although the class proceeding was certified,…

Ontario Superior Court Confirms Presumptive Requirement for Statement of Defence Prior to Certification Motion

In Richard v. The Attorney General of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court recently confirmed that a defendant in an Ontario class proceeding is required to file a Statement of Defence pre-certification and in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure, absent special circumstances justifying a deferral. The proposed class proceeding in this case centered on…

Plaintiffs’ Motion to Discontinue Proposed Overtime Class Action Granted

This post relates to an important procedural aspect of the class proceedings regime. In Somani v. International Financial Group Ltd., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted the plaintiffs’ motion to discontinue a proposed class action related to allegedly unpaid overtime, vacation, public holiday and premium pay. After commencing the claim, issues arose with the…

Appellate Court Finds Database Defendants not Liable for Tort of Intrusion upon Seclusion where Personal Information “Hacked” by Third Parties

In a trio of cases, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently held that a claim for the tort of intrusion upon seclusion does not apply to companies who store personal information for commercial use (the “Database Defendants”) when those databases are hacked by third parties. Background In June 2022, the Court of Appeal heard three…