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.
Ontario Court of Appeal Grants Clinic Intervener Status
In February 2022, the Court of Appeal granted the Clinic intervener status in Johnson v Canada. The Clinic’s submissions will focus on how courts should assess requests by class members for extended opt-out periods. In granting intervener status, Justice Paciocco said: “The legal considerations relevant in determining whether a class member can secure an extension of time to opt out of a class action are not settled and arise in this appeal. The Clinic proposes to offer a framework, derived from a principled analysis of the role of courts as guardians of related rules, that will focus on the factors that a judge should consider when adjudicating a class member’s motion for an extended opt-out.” The appeal will be heard on March 30th. The Clinic’s factum can be read here.