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  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    London, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Competition / Antitrust Law Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Securities Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Competition / Antitrust Law Class Action Litigation Advertising and Marketing Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    London, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Class Action Litigation Medical Negligence
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Insurance Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law Aviation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Class Action Litigation Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Insurance Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Normand Painchaud was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Normand Painchaud

Sylvestre Painchaud et Associés L.L.P.
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    London, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Corporate Governance Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law Medical Negligence Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Class Action Litigation Medical Negligence
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Labour and Employment Law Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    London, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Class Action Litigation Definition

Canadian class action activity has been steadily on the rise for the past few years and this trend is expected to continue in years to come. Unlike in the United States, the Canadian class action landscape features a low bar for the certification (or authorization) of a class action and our courts do not apply a rigorous scrutiny standard at that stage.

In most Canadian provinces, the certification process for a proposed class action involves a similar test that uses the following criteria: (a) the statement of claim discloses a reasonable cause of action (i.e. one not plainly and obviously doomed to fail), (b) there is an identifiable class of two or more persons, (c) the claim raises common issues (the questions of law common to the class must predominate over questions affecting individual members), (d) a class proceeding is the preferable procedure for the resolution of the common issues (it supersedes other available methods to resolve the issue in dispute); and (e) the representative plaintiff will fairly and adequately represent the class.

Unlike in other Canadian provinces, Quebec’s class action screening phase is referred to as the “authorization” rather than “certification” stage. The authorization of a class action in Quebec is subject to meeting the following criteria: (a) the class members’ claims raise identical, similar or related questions of law or fact (common issues need not predominate), (b) the facts alleged seem to justify the conclusions sought, (c) it is difficult for the class members to join in the same suit or appoint a representative to act on their behalf, and (d) the representative plaintiff is in a position to adequately represent the class.

Once a class action is certified or authorized, the merits of the case will be assessed in a trial of the common issues, as in any other conventional lawsuit.

Each Canadian province provides for rights of appeal at the various stages of a class action and various regimes for the filing of evidence, preliminary motions, discoveries, and other procedural steps.

Class action lawyers must have a thorough understanding of the intricacies of class action proceedings and keep abreast of developments in this constantly changing area of the law. Clients facing a proposed class action should seek out firms and attorneys with recognized class action expertise, in addition to knowledge and experience regarding the substance of the claim.

Vincent de l’Étoile, Partner
Langlois Lawyers, LLP

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Canadian class action activity has been steadily on the rise for the past few years and this trend is expected to continue in years to come. Unlike in the United States, the Canadian class action landscape features a low bar for the certification (or authorization) of a class action and our courts do not apply a rigorous scrutiny standard at that stage.

In most Canadian provinces, the certification process for a proposed class action involves a similar test that uses the following criteria: (a) the statement of claim discloses a reasonable cause of action (i.e. one not plainly and obviously doomed to fail), (b) there is an identifiable class of two or more persons, (c) the claim raises common issues (the questions of law common to the class must predominate over questions affecting individual members), (d) a class proceeding is the preferable procedure for the resolution of the common issues (it supersedes other available methods to resolve the issue in dispute); and (e) the representative plaintiff will fairly and adequately represent the class.

Unlike in other Canadian provinces, Quebec’s class action screening phase is referred to as the “authorization” rather than “certification” stage. The authorization of a class action in Quebec is subject to meeting the following criteria: (a) the class members’ claims raise identical, similar or related questions of law or fact (common issues need not predominate), (b) the facts alleged seem to justify the conclusions sought, (c) it is difficult for the class members to join in the same suit or appoint a representative to act on their behalf, and (d) the representative plaintiff is in a position to adequately represent the class.

Once a class action is certified or authorized, the merits of the case will be assessed in a trial of the common issues, as in any other conventional lawsuit.

Each Canadian province provides for rights of appeal at the various stages of a class action and various regimes for the filing of evidence, preliminary motions, discoveries, and other procedural steps.

Class action lawyers must have a thorough understanding of the intricacies of class action proceedings and keep abreast of developments in this constantly changing area of the law. Clients facing a proposed class action should seek out firms and attorneys with recognized class action expertise, in addition to knowledge and experience regarding the substance of the claim.