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The risk of class action litigation is higher than ever. With new legislation enacted in most Canadian provinces, virtually every large entity in Canada can now be exposed to a claim framed as a class action. With potential losses up to hundreds of millions of dollars, you need a legal partner with proven class action experience, deep industry insight and an innovative approach.


Since the inception of Canadian legislation, Gowlings professionals have successfully defended clients against a wide variety of class action suits. Our litigation expertise combined with strong industry knowledge and public relations insights consistently deliver innovative and results driven outcomes helping our clients avoid – or defend against – class action lawsuits.

Our class action litigators are specialists in securities, insurance, competition law, pensions, product liability and financial services. They augment their litigation speciality by working directly with other Gowlings professionals to tailor creative and valuable solutions to meet our clients’ unique challenges.

With a National Class Action Practice Group comprised of leading litigation counsel from across Canada, we have built a reputation for successfully co-ordinating parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions, particularly in interprovincial suits and transborder cases working with U.S. counsel.

Combine all of this with our sophisticated document management and e-discovery system and you will quickly see why Canada’s leading companies choose Gowlings. 


While our professionals are pre-eminent and our success in national class action proceedings is envied, it is our record of helping clients avoid class actions altogether that is most valued. Our clients benefit from access to our pre-emptive risk-reduction, prevention and industry education programs. Our lawyers work closely with our clients to reduce the risk of class actions being brought, and where this is not possible, work to minimize the impact of the litigation on all aspects of business.


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