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The Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Ontario Laws Banning Pharmacies from Selling Private-Label Generic Drugs in Katz Group Canada Inc. v. Ontario (Health and Long-Term Care)

Posted in Case Comments, Health, Manufacturing

Overview In Katz Group Canada Inc. v. Ontario (Health and Long-Term Care), the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously upheld the validity of regulations under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act (DIDFA) and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (ODBA). The regulations at issue were amended in 2010 to stop pharmacies from controlling manufacturers that sell… → Read More

Is Repetition the Sincerest Form of Flattery? The Supreme Court’s Decision in Cojocaru v. British Columbia Women’s Hospital and Health Centre

Posted in Case Comments, Health, Professions

Introduction The Supreme Court has rendered its decision in Cojocaru v. British Columbia Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, a case concerned with the propriety of judicial adoption verbatim of counsel’s submissions in the Court’s decision. Beyond the issue of when extensive incorporation of a party’s submission into a judicial decision rebuts the presumption of judicial… → Read More

Quebec Court of Appeal Confirms the Decision to Deny Certification of a Drug Related Class Action

Posted in Case Comments, Class Actions, Health

Different times call for different measures, and the jurisprudence governing Quebec class actions is no exception to this rule. While 2011 and the beginning of 2012 brought waves of decisions in favour of certification, the end of 2012 seemed to bring more circumspection. This trend seems to continue in 2013, notably in a decision rendered… → Read More

Ontario Divisional Court Upholds Denial of Certification of Pharmaceutical Class Action Against AstraZeneca

Posted in Case Comments, Class Actions, Health

In a rare and dramatic oral ruling from the bench, the Ontario Divisional Court yesterday upheld the May 7, 2012 decision of Horkins J. in Martin v. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Plc, 2012 ONSC 2744 to deny certification of a proposed national class action relating to the anti-psychotic medicine, Seroquel®. The Divisional Court’s judgment marks the first… → Read More

This Week at the SCC (14/12/2012)

Posted in Aboriginal, Communications, Conflict of Laws, Health, Intellectual Property, Labour and Employment, Media, Professions, Regulatory, This Week at the SCC

Cases Decided The Supreme Court of Canada released one decision this week of interest to Canadian businesses and professions. In Reference re Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-167 and Broadcasting Order CRTC 2010-168, 2012 SCC 68, Rothstein J. for the majority of the Court held that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) lacked the jurisdiction to… → Read More

Hot Off the Press – World Class Actions: A Guide to Group and Representative Actions Around the Globe

Posted in Aboriginal, Class Actions, Communications, Construction and Real Estate, Energy, Financial Services, Franchise and Distribution, Health, Insurance, Media, Municipal, Procedure, Professions, Securities, Transportation

In the newly published World Class Actions: A Guide to Group and Representative Actions Around the Globe, McCarthy Tétrault litigators David Hamer and Shane D’Souza co-authored the “Multijurisdictional and Transnational Class Litigation: Lawsuits Heard ‘Round the World” chapter. The chapter offers guidance to international lawyers who represent clients involved in cross-border, multinational and international class… → Read More

SCC Grants Leave to Appeal in Medical Negligence Case on Causation

Posted in Case Previews, Health, Torts

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Ediger v. Johnston, a medical negligence case that addresses the test for factual and legal causation. Background In Ediger, an infant suffered acute and severe hypoxia-ischemic encephalopathy (damage to the central nervous system caused by inadequate oxygen) during delivery. The injury was caused by… → Read More