Michael Brown’s practice is in civil litigation and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on class actions, competition litigation, and consumer product safety/liability. He advises and represents corporate defendants in antitrust class actions involving alleged breaches of the Competition Act, product liability and recall class actions, and securities class actions relating to the purchase or issuance of securities. Mr. Brown regularly advises clients in the consumer and commercial products and services sectors on regulatory matters relating to competition law, consumer product safety, advertising and marketing, and product recalls. He represents clients in their dealings with the Competition Bureau, Health Canada and other regulatory agencies, including in relation to regulatory and criminal investigations, applications for leniency or immunity and court and tribunal proceedings.
Mr. Brown has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared on behalf of defendants in class actions before the superior courts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, he has represented clients in proceedings before the Competition Tribunal and in competition-related prosecutions before the criminal courts.
Mr. Brown also represents corporate defendants and plaintiffs in general corporate and commercial litigation matters, including disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, director and officer liability, shareholder rights, professional negligence, oppression, negligent misrepresentation and fraud.