The current process for multi-jurisdictional class action lawsuits lacks inter-provincial co-ordination, effective case management and creates delays and wastes judicial resources, say lawyers with three Ontario firms that act for plaintiffs. Three firms have asked the Canadian Bar Association to streamline it.
Representatives from Sotos LLP, Siskinds LLP and Koskie Minsky LLP authored the submission to the CBA, which was produced in response to the notice of consultation from the CBA’s national class actions task force, created in October.
“This is the opportunity. People have been waiting for something to come out of the machine to help deal with the burgeoning problem of multi-jurisdictional class actions. It just has been vexing the bar and the judiciary for many years,” says David Sterns, partner at Sotos LLP.