Class Actions

Leaders in Class Action Defence

Cassels boasts one of the country’s leading class action defence teams. We successfully defended the first-ever class action in Ontario and have maintained our position as a market leader with precedent-setting class action defence work since that time in some of the most significant, complex, and widely publicized class actions in Canada. We have an excellent track record of successfully defending clients in numerous class proceedings, defeating certification, and achieving attractive negotiated resolutions across the country. Our Class Actions Group is ranked among the best in the country by Chambers Canada for Class Action (Defence), with clients noting that we are “always one step ahead of the plaintiffs.” The team is also recommended by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, with group members ranked as leaders in their field by Best Lawyers in Canada and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Our team has expertise across a broad range of fields in the class action context, including competition and consumer claims, highly complex securities litigation, franchise litigation, product liability actions, institutional negligence, and employment law cases.

We bring a rare depth and breadth of experience to both the negotiating table and the courtroom.

Specialists in Complex Litigation

We are continually engaged as litigation counsel in respect of the most legally sophisticated and factually complex cases. Our team has significant experience and expertise in strategizing and advising on high-stakes matters of “bet the company” litigation.

Experts in Coordinating with US Counsel

Our class actions team has extensive experience coordinating with US counsel in respect of parallel US class proceedings. We specialize in identifying potential friction between court systems and avoiding unpleasant or untimely surprises for US counsel as they navigate their primary court and regulatory proceedings.

Investigation Expertise

We are experts in managing parallel (and cross-border) investigations which often arise in tandem with class action proceedings. In addition, our team has developed strong working relationships with senior personnel at numerous regulatory and law enforcement agencies and has significant experience liaising and negotiating with these agencies.

Real Success, Real Credibility

We are among the very few firms in Canada to take class actions to trial. We have a reputation for assertive, efficient settlements, built on our track record of favourable motion and trial decisions. Class counsel know that we are ready, willing, and able to go all the way.

Strategic Advisors

As your strategic advisors, our approach to your class action will focus on two things – reputation and success. We take your reputation as seriously as we take our own, and we will work tirelessly to defend it. Our method of advancing your defence, and the strategic advice that we will give you along the way, will prioritize your business needs and focus on the “big picture.”