Summary Section Content 1BLG'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 DifferenceWe 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-EdgeWith 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 Section Content 2 "Endean v. British Columbia: an opening (but not a floodgate) for national class proceedings", October 2016"Less is Not Always More: The Court of Appeal Addresses a Consortium Carriage Fight", July 2016"Contribution and Causation: The IPEX Case", June 2016"Court of Appeal Provides Guidance on Common Issues and Franchisors' Duty of Good Faith", January 2016"BC Court of Appeal overturns Class Certification in Patents Case, finding Patent Regime to be Complete Code in respect of Remedies", January 2016"Canadian Businesses Increasingly Face Privacy Breach Class Actions Absent Traditional Forms of Damages", December 2015"Superior Court decision offers helpful guidance in pre-certification communications", December 2015"Nipping the Class Action in the Bud: Saskatchewan Court Dismisses Claim Pre-Certification", November 2015"Class Action and Mass Tort Defense: Don't Get Caught Off Guard in Canada", October 2015"No Cause of Action to Support Consumer Class Certification Says B.C. Court of Appeal", June 2015"Lack of Commonality Precludes Consumer Class Certification Says B.C. Court of Appeal", June 2015"Costs Principles In Class Actions Are Not Asymmetrical", May 2015"Nova Scotia Class Proceeding Permanently and Unconditionally Stayed As Abuse of Process", April 2015"Securities Class Action Trilogy Heard by the Supreme Court", February 2015"Moore v Getahun : No Wall of Silence Between Experts and Counsel", January 2015"Supreme Court Of Canada Denies Leave To Appeal From Decision Clarifying Available Disgorgement Remedies In Competition And Consumer Protection Claims", September 2014"Securities Litigation Snapshot - June issue: Andriuk v. Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., 2014 ABCA 177 ", July 2014"Supreme Court of Canada Declines to Hear an Appeal from Ontario that Limits Claims Against Manufacturers", March 2014"BCCA Restricts Ability of Non-Injured Plaintiffs to Claim Under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and Competition Act", February 2014 Rankings & Recognitions Section Content 3The Class Actions Group or its members are recognized in: The 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys. The 2016 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. The 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.