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Quebec curtails multi-defendant class actions

The belle province had won a reputation as the class action capital of Canada in part because of an unusual local doctrine that allowed litigants to name an entire class of companies in an industry as defendants, whether or not they had in fact had dealings with all the companies. Now Quebec's Court of Appeal has retreated from that rule, effectively banning the practice, in a lawsuit in which Andr´┐Ż Bouchard sued Agropur Cooperative and 11 other dairies, demanding C$89 million in damages, over alleged variability in the fat content of their milk, though he had purchased milk from only one of the dairies. The Toronto Globe & Mail has details ($) (via CL&P).



Rafael Mangual
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Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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