Bennett Jones LLP

Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence) Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for A regular feature of class action litigation, possessing long-standing experience acting for players in the pharmaceutical, medical device and automotive sectors, with added capabilities in competition, product liability and securities matters. Also ably handles insurance, consumer, employment and professional liability disputes. Often called upon to handle multi-jurisdictional and cross-border cases, as well as proceedings involving national classes.

Strengths One client commented: "The team is fantastic: they're smart, kind, responsive and accommodating," adding: "The lawyers are always ahead of the game."

Another client reported: "It is a strong and effective team. The expertise is well balanced within the team and the lawyers' strengths include fast turnaround and sound, thought-through advice."

Work highlights Represented Volkswagen in multiple class actions, including a suit alleging that the client and a number of other German car manufacturers conspired to fix prices and co-ordinate the design of components in their vehicles.

Notable practitioners

Co-chair of the department
Cheryl Woodin
is a "well-respected lawyer in the industry" who is "very smart and very responsive." Her core practice is focused on national class actions, most notably in the automotive sector.

Emrys Davis
continues to build an impressive reputation for his work in the class action space. Sources highlight his involvement in competition disputes.

Jeffrey Leon
is an accomplished disputes practitioner who recently sat as the president of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Covering class action and single-plaintiff disputes, his practice sees him handle commercial, securities and product liability cases.

Michael Eizenga
co-chairs the firm's class action practice and is regarded as a top choice of counsel in the space. His practice encompasses competition, product liability and privacy-related actions, including a number of the jurisdiction's most high-profile cases. Sources commend him as "thoughtful and pragmatic."