Employment and Labour Law Reporter Publishes an Article by Ryan Plener on Appellate Court Decision in Uber Case

Hicks Morley’s Ryan Plener authored an article in the Employment and Labour Law Reporter titled “Appellate Court Allows Appeal of Stay in Uber Driver Class Action.” The article discusses how the Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal of a lower court decision which had stayed a class action filed by the plaintiff, against Uber and its affiliates concerning the misclassification of workers.

Ontario Court Affirms Plaintiff’s Evidentiary Burden Under The Class Proceedings Act, 1992

In Bartholomew v. Coco Paving Inc. et al, the Ontario Superior Court recently rendered a helpful decision in dismissing a motion for certification of a proposed class action. The Court re-affirmed the evidentiary burden which must be met by a plaintiff in satisfying the four tests under sections 5(1)(b) through 5(1)(e) of the Class Proceedings…

Court of Appeal Dismisses Overtime Eligibility Class Action Certification Appeal

On October 6, 2014, the Court of Appeal for Ontario unanimously dismissed an appeal from the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision[1] dated April 23, 2013 which in turn dismissed an appeal from a decision dated April 27, 2012, dismissing a motion for certification of a claim regarding eligibility for overtime pay as a class action.[2] The…

The American Bar Association’s International Labor & Employment Law Committee Newsletter Publishes an Article by Jennifer Del Vecchio

An article authored by Hicks Morley’s Jennifer Del Vecchio was published in the March 2014 edition of the American Bar Association’s International Labor & Employment Law Committee Newsletter. The article entitled, “Supreme Court of Canada Authorizes Québec Class Action Regarding Reduction of Retiree Benefits” discusses the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Vivendi Canada Inc. v….

Class Action on Reduction of Retiree Benefits to Proceed

A proposed class action brought in Québec by retirees against their former employer was recently authorized by the Supreme Court of Canada. The claim advanced in Vivendi Canada Inc. v. Dell’Aniello related to unilateral changes made by the employer in 2009 to the retirees’ supplemental health insurance plan. The Court found that the four criteria…

SCC authorizes Québec class action regarding reduction of retiree benefits

The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) recently released a unanimous decision authorizing a class action on behalf of retirees against their former employer, relating to announced changes to their supplemental health insurance plan (“Plan”). The case, Vivendi Canada Inc. v. Dell’Aniello, was decided under the specific wording of the Québec class proceedings statute. In 2009,…

SCC establishes framework for “preferability” analysis under CPA s. 5(1)(d)

The Supreme Court of Canada released a significant decision with respect to the s. 5(1)(d) “preferable procedure” criterion for certification of a proposed class action under the Class Proceedings Act, 1992 (“CPA”). The OSC investigated allegations that the appellant  implemented measures that reduced, but failed to negate, harm associated with certain market timing activities engaged in by…