Summary

BLG's Class Action Group provides sophisticated, bilingual class action advice and representation on a seamless national basis through our five ​offices across Canada. By combining our strengths in substantive areas of litigation and our experience with the complex procedural aspects of class actions, we bring to bear innovative approaches and considerable resources to address our clients' needs. Whether it is risk management to avoid class actions, settlements or defence of claims that is required, our Class Action Group is able to assist with the identification and execution of strategic responses.

Service With a Difference

We put our clients first. For most potential defendants, class action defence isn't primarily about the law. Class actions raise concerns about cost, reputational risk, customer and employee relations, diversion of management time, effective and efficient responses, as well as public relations. We understand these concerns. The BLG difference is a client-centred response: the best legal talent, combined with the greatest understanding of our clients' priorities. This includes:

  • Working closely with the marketing, public relations, financial and HR professionals of our clients to understand their business priorities.
  • Focusing on early and cost-effective resolution.
  • Including client and customer relations as part of our defence litigation strategy.
  • Obtaining the best experts.
  • Providing effective and efficient response times.

Proven and Leading-Edge

With experience gained in representing our clients in more than 100 class actions commenced across Canada, our Class Action Group is a leader in defence of these claims. Examples of our innovative approaches include:

  • Making first use of bar orders in Canada to facilitate settlements.
  • Negotiating first inter-provincial class action settlement (Ontario and Québec).
  • Successfully defending the first common issues summary trial in British Columbia.
  • Obtaining the first reversal of a certification order by the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
  • Making innovative use of cy-près settlement techniques.

Publications & Presentations

Class Actions Seminar Highlights (Winter 2015) Cover 

Rankings & Recognitions