Class Actions

Class<br />Actions


Strength in numbers

A class action allows one person or an organization to take legal action on behalf of a group of people that find themselves in a similar situation with regards to a corporation or even an industry. This approach is appropriate, among others, in the event of multiple small sums being claimed from a large retailer or a financial institution, or for larger individual claims that involve highly technical questions and costly expertise against a manufacturer. By acting as a group within a class action process, individuals can initiate and pursue legal proceedings that would be literally impossible to assume individually. Our firm is a pioneer in the Canadian field of plaintiff’s class action. Sylvestre Painchaud et associés have represented groups of citizens in over one hundred class actions.

Most Viewed Class Actions

Short-term car rentals to young drivers (16 to 24 years old)

In the short-term car rental industry, it is common practice to discriminate against drivers aged 16 to 24 years (hereinafter "young drivers"). Such discrimination against young drivers could be in the form of: (1) charging additional fees, (2) the refusal to lease them certain vehicle models and (3) the outright refusal to lease them any model of vehicle;

Class Action Concerning the Excessive Noise Caused by Seaplanes at Lac-à-la-Tortue

The class action seeks to: - prohibit seaplane commercial tourism flights and pilot training on and from Lac-à-la-Tortue, as long as appropriate measures are not taken to reduce the noise to a reasonable level that does not infringe on the rights of members; - obtain compensatory damages for the loss of enjoyment of their property as well as annoyances and disturbances they have suffered and continue to suffer because of the activities of Aviation Mauricie and Bel-Air Aviation.

Class Action Against CI and AIC

This class action alleges that CI, AIC and CIBC Asset management allowed frequent short term market timing transactions in some of their funds, such transaction having the effect of diluting the return of ordinary long term investors.

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