BLOG : The Authorization Stage in Quebec’s Class Action: Useful or a Mere Formality?

By : Jessica Fruchtermann & Katerina Kostopoulos In theory, the authorization stage represents a crucial part of any class action proceeding. Pursuant to Article 574 of Quebec’s Code of Civil Procedure [hereinafter “C.C.P.”], a person is required to obtain court approval before instituting a class action[1]. Essentially, the judge must determine whether the four cumulative criteria outlined […] Read more


Professor Piché latest article in the Canadian Bar Review : Le Recouvrement et l’Indemnisation des Membres dans l’Action Collective

Find here the latest article of professor Catherine Piché in the Canadian Bar Review. LE RECOUVREMENT ET L’INDEMNISATION DES MEMBRES DANS L’ACTION COLLECTIVE Summary : This article aims to analyze, the process that leads to the recovery and distribution of amounts awarded to class action members, in accordance with the relevant sections of the new Code […] Read more

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News from the Class Actions Lab!

Summer has arrived, and students at the Lab are getting back to hard work! Research A team of four students is now working on different research projects related to class actions. A collection of empirical data is currently underway, and our team is moving from courthouse to courthouse to find information. Collaboration You can read HERE […] Read more


REPOST / House Republicans Move Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act Forward (via

VIA CLASSACTION.ORG / Article by Corrado Rizzi   After hours of debate—and with no hearings held on the matter before it quickly cleared the House Judiciary Committee on February 15—the Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives Thursday passed Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s H.R. 985, the misleadingly titled Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017. Coupled with the […] Read more