Class actions are appropriate when a group of people have similar potential claims. What may be too small a claim, if pursued by one person, may be a very large claim if pursued by a group of people. There is almost no claim that is too small if it can be the start of a class action. Examples of successful class actions are:
- Webb v. K-Mart
Employees were not given adequate termination notice or pay in lieu of notice.
- Mangan v. Inco
Plant’s release of sulfur dioxide caused mild symptoms.
- Garland v. Consumers Gas
Consumers Gas charged consumers excessive late fees.
- Gagne v. Silcorp
Convenience store terminated its employees without offering adequate severance pay.
- Dabbs v. Sun Life Assurance
Sun Life charged policy holders premiums beyond the forecasted offset date.
- Shell Canada settlement
Shell used a fuel additive that damaged the fuel pump and sensors of some cars.
- Robert Campbell v. W.C.I Canada
W.C.I. manufactured dryers that were defective.
- Munro v. Bausch & Lomb
The same contact lenses were sold in different packaging for different prices, allegedly violating the Business Practices Act.