Clinic Makes Submissions to Ontario Government
In December 2019, the Attorney-General introduced Bill 161, an omnibus bill that would make significant changes to the Class Proceedings Act. On March 4, the Class Action Clinic filed written submissions with the Justice Committee expressing concern about some of the proposed changes to the Act. The Clinic also applied to testify before the Committee. Ontario’s Standing Committees, including the one considering Bill 161, are adjourned indefinitely. In the interim, the Clinic’s written submissions can be found here.
The Class Action Clinic at Windsor Law is the first clinic of its kind in North America. Our focus is on class members – people who are part of a large civil lawsuit launched on their behalf by representative plaintiffs and class counsel. The Clinic is staffed with a team of law students, review counsel and a faculty director who provide a range of legal services, information, assistance with filing claims in settlement distribution processes, public education and outreach. Because we serve class members across Canada, the Clinic provides its services online, by telephone and by video conference, as well as in person for those in the Windsor–Essex community.
Launched in October 2019, the clinic announcement was featured on the University of Windsor’s Daily News, CBC Radio-Canada, Law Times, The Lawyer’s Daily, AM800, Blackburn News, Windsor Star and Lerners.ca.
The Class Action Clinic has received start-up funding from The Law Foundation of Ontario.