Product LiabilityProfessional Liability and Regulation
Recent decision in pharmaceutical class action highlights importance of scrutinizing common issues in proposed class proceedings
While class actions can be a useful tool for access to justice, there are limits to the types of claims that can be appropriately advanced through class proceedings. Indeed, the requirements for certification that appear in similar form in virtually every class action statute across Canada are meant to ensure that only those actions that can meaningfully proceed as class actions are in fact certified. Many cases, including certain types of pharmaceutical product liability claims, will simply be unsuitable for certification as a class action. The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court in Price v H Lundbeck A/S provides an example of such a case.
A Matter of Fairness: Pre-Trial Inspection of Property in Product Liability Cases in the Small Claims Court
A recent decision of the Divisional Court of Ontario has opened the door for a limited expansion of the discovery process under the Small Claims Court Rules (“Rules”). In Riddell v Apple Canada Inc, the Divisional Court upheld an order for inspection of property, made by a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court. The decision clarifies the Rules concerning discovery-type motions in the Small Claims Court and, in particular, confirms that the Small Claims Court has jurisdiction to make orders for pre-trial inspection of property.
The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court in Versa Fittings v. Berkley Insurance Co. (2015 ONSC 1756) reinforces that a Rule 21 motion is an expedient way to secure a ruling on whether an insurers duty to defend has been triggered.