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February 22, 2022
UCLA Pays $243.6M Settlement for Sexual Misconduct of Former UCLA Gynecologist
The University of California system came to an agreement with 203 individuals who allege they were sexually abused by a UCLA gynecologist. The gynecologist, Dr. James Heaps, worked at UCLA from 1983 to 2010, and then was hired by UCLA Health in 2014. Heaps was arrested in June 2019 after two former patients pressed sexual…
February 22, 2022
Young People’s Voices Count
After multiple high school basketball coaches in Montreal were charged with sex crimes involving minors, there has been a push for the government to create a new law protecting students. An organization called “Young People’s Voices Count”, which is made up of basketball organizations and groups supporting survivors of sexual violence, has been pushing the…
February 22, 2022
Sexual Assault Reports at Canadian Universities
Students at Queen’s University created an Instagram profile that recounts incidents of sexual violence that occur on campus after failing to see action from school administrators following their reports. Queen’s University has responded to the account, stating that addressing the sexual violence occurring on campus is one of their top priorities. However, the students running…
February 22, 2022
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Settle After a Former Teacher Took Intimate Photos Without Consent
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has settled a class-action lawsuit against them over allegations that a teacher took inappropriate photographs of some of the students, and then distributed the photographs online. The settlement was $10,000,000 for all students that were photographed between 1984 and 2015. The teacher, Bruce Monk, was alleged to have taken nude, semi-nude,…
February 1, 2022
Canada criminalizes conversion therapy in new Criminal Code sections
After the House of Commons adopted the motion to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ individuals last week, the Senate has also unanimously passed the bill. The quick passing of the bill was met with delight from LGBTQ activists as well as MPs across all parties. On Wednesday, December 8th, the bill passed through Royal Assent…
October 29, 2021
Quebec Church Abuse Case Reaches Settlement
A class action in Quebec against the Brothers of the Sacred Heart has settled for a total of $60 million. The filed lawsuit includes a class definition that represents all individuals who were sexually assaulted by Brothers of the Sacred Heart religious representatives. This class definition included both individuals who were in training and also…
September 29, 2021
Other manufacturers hit with DMDM Hydantoin lawsuits
Lawsuits against manufacturing conglomerate Unilever have been filed after concerns that some of their TRESemme hair products may be contributing to hair loss. After the allegations of certain TRESemme hair products leading to hair loss arose, individuals went looking into other hair product brands. In particular, they were looking for the chemical DMDM Hydantoin, which…
September 27, 2021
SFU class action lawsuit update (September 2021)
Slater Vecchio LLP’s lawsuit against Simon Fraser University is progressing through the BC provincial court system. This October a court hearing between the plaintiff’s counsel, the defendant’s counsel, and the judge will be meeting to discuss the proposed schedule of the case going forward. The schedule will determine the dates on which the counsels will…
Birth Alerts Class Action Launched
September 24, 2021
‘Birth Alert’ class action lawsuit launched on behalf of indigenous mothers
This September, a class action lawsuit was started in BC on behalf of mothers who had their newborns taken from them due to a ‘birth alert’. A ‘birth alert’ occurs when a social worker tags pregnant women, so that child protection authorities appear in the hospital as the child is being born. In almost 1/3…
Class Actions in Canada
July 10, 2021
Class action legislation differences across Canada
Each province in Canada has different legislation when it comes to class action proceedings. Even though it may seem that Canada has a unified legal system, there are major legislative differences across all provinces. For example, British Columbia and Quebec have favorable legislation due to the low certification threshold, advantageous legislation, no costs, and the…