CBA council to debate class action management

August 12, 2011

Sylvie Rodrigue comments in The Lawyers Weekly on the work of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) National Task Force on Class Actions at the upcoming CBA annual council meeting. Sylvie is Chair of the Task Force.

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The first order of business for CBA Council members will be to consider the hard work of the 20-member CBA National Task Force on Class Actions. The committee of lawyers and judges produced a draft judicial protocol which the CBA ultimately hopes will be adopted by all provincial and territorial superior courts.

However, strong reservations voiced this summer by the class action Bar indicate that there isn’t yet the requisite broad support for the draft protocol’s key case management provisions, says task force chair Sylvie Rodrigue, a class actions lawyer with Toronto’s Norton Rose. Rodrigue told The Lawyers Weekly the task force has therefore postponed the CBA Council’s consideration of those provisions pending further efforts to arrive at a widely acceptable proposal. She hopes satisfactory revisions can be put before the CBA Council at its next midwinter meeting.

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