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To date, Canada has not seen large-scale environmental class actions, as found in the U.S., since the Canadian class action regime is more restrictive. Environmental class actions are available for claims involving a reduction in property values as a result of pollution, but currently are not available for health claims.

Provincial employment law in Canada is based on a workers’ compensation program under which workers can recover for their injuries from centrally administered funds, but are prevented from suing their employers for injuries or health problems sustained on the job. The funds can, in turn, commence subrogated claims in the names of the workers against the parties responsible for the injuries and health problems (as was done with asbestos claims).

While civil litigation involving land contamination, health effects from pollution, or other environmental damages is available, the use of punitive damages in Canada is more limited than in the U.S., and tort claims are often subject to court-imposed caps.

Additional posts from the blog

Apr

17

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

by Andy Pushalik

In an interesting decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that an employer is not liable for discriminatory and harassing texts sent by a rogue employee to another of its workers.

Apr

09

Canada’s Digital Privacy Rethink: Fines, Enforceable Compliance Agreements and More!

by Timothy Banks

On April 8, 2014, Canada’s government introduced Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, in the Senate. Bill S-4 is the federal government’s latest attempt to reform the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”). It would be a mistake to say that it is largely recycled from the government’s last attempt to reform PIPEDA in 2011 through Bill C-12, which died on the order paper. Here’s what’s different, what’s been dropped, and what seems to be largely the same. Caveat: This is a first read!

Mar

20

Lean times may call for lien measures – What you need to know about miners’ liens in Northern Canada

by Karen Martin

Given the present economic climate of falling metal prices and depressed equity markets for mining companies, many owners and operators of mines are experiencing cash flow and working capital shortages. As a result, contractors and others who provide services or materials to mines, whether in the exploration, development, or production phases of such projects, are increasingly looking to miners lien legislation to help them increase their leverage when seeking payment of outstanding accounts.



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