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Class Action Settlements before Certification: Counsel Beware!

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Brendan Brock of Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP wrote a cautionary article regarding the process of entering into class action settlements before court certification, which was published in the July 2021 Issue of The Advocate (See Class Action Settlements Before Certification: Counsel Beware! (2021) 79 Advocate 505). This is important because British Columbia is one of the only jurisdictions in Canada where court approval of class action settlements or discontinuances before certification is not mandated by class proceedings legislation. The lack of this requirement may lead to a settlement that is not in the best interests of class members and exposes counsel to civil liability to the proposed class. Please click on this link to read the full article: https://hakemiridgedale.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/BrendanBrock.pdf

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