What Waddell Phillips has been making the news for lately.
The following article appeared in the The Canadian Press on March 27, 2017. Two Toronto law firms have launched a Canada-wide class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers of implantable defibrillators that can fail with little or no warning because of potentially defective batteries. About 8,000 Canadians were implanted with the cardiac defibrillators with the brand names Fortify, Fortify Assura, Fortify Assura MP, Unify, Unify Assura, or Unify Quadra, which were manufactured between January 2010 and May 23, 2015. Those made after that period are not affected by the defect.
As the Republican Congress in the U.S. puts its weight behind a bill that will require class plaintiffs and class members to suffer identical injuries, thereby severely restricting participation in class actions, Canadian courts have once again affirmed that class members and their representatives do not need to have identical claims.
The judge in a lawsuit against the RCMP has called the national police force’s treatment of plaintiff Sgt. Peter Merrifield “outrageous” and has chastised the force for its lack of credibility and forthrightness in defending the case. “The defendants had a reckless disregard of causing the plaintiff to suffer emotional distress,” wrote Judge Mary Vallee in her 176-page ruling. She awarded Merrifield $41,000 in lost wages for delayed advancement, and $100,000 in general damages for “harassment and intentional infliction of mental suffering.”