Consumers in the United States and Canada often purchase similar products and have access to similar medical treatments.
Class action trends in the United States, therefore, are highly relevant to Canadians, particularly when the products involved, such as specific drugs or consumer products, are widely accessible in Canada. Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP lawyers stay abreast of U.S. trends in class action lawsuits to inform our work on class actions in Toronto and the province of Ontario.
Effects of U.S. Decisions on Class Actions in Canada
Well-known class action cases in the U.S. have included Agent Orange and medical products such as the Bjork-Shiley heart valve. But in the past few decades, U.S. courts have swung back and forth on their receptiveness to class action proceedings.
As in Canada, the court must certify the plaintiff class before a class action can proceed in the U.S.
The results of a U.S. class action can affect Canadian residents. When Ontario residents are members of a class and sufficient procedural requirements have been met, including the provision of notice to Ontario plaintiffs, foreign (e.g., American) class action suits can be enforced in Ontario.
Respected Class Action Litigators In Ontario
Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP is dedicated to providing clients with expert advice and professional representation. Our class action lawyers have many years of experience in Ontario litigation and are a trusted resource for class action suits. Information about our current class actions is located on our Active Class Actions page.
To schedule a consultation with a member of our firm about your legal needs, contact us at 416‑599‑7900 in Toronto or reach us online.