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No Work No Pay – Fee Sharing Agreements Are Subject to Court’s Review

Class counsel are not permitted to pay off their rival firm using proceeds from the settlement funds in order to avoid competing actions, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently held. This type of payment arrangement was first brought before the Superior Court for approval in the Visa/MasterCard Class Actions, in the form of a fee sharing agreement. Both the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal rejected the agreement on the on ground that it was not in the best interests of the class members. The Visa/MasterCard Class Actions Beginning in 2010, a number of class actions were brought in several provinces across Canada, on behalf of merchants who accepted ... [more] Full article

Canada takes a pass as Nishikawa Rubber pays $130m fine in US

The Competition Bureau recently decided not to recommend charges against an autoparts maker who rigged bids, because the cars containing their parts were mostly sold in the US. Instead, it ... [more] Full article

Showa fined $13m for auto parts conspiracy

Japanese auto parts maker Showa Corporation has been fined $13 million after admitting to participating in an international conspiracy to rig bids for electronic power steering gears. Showa’s fine is the second largest ... [more] Full article

Toyo Fine Brings Auto Parts Total to $58m

Another fine has been levied in the Competition Bureau’s auto parts investigation, bringing the total amount of fines to $58 million. Yesterday, the Bureau announced that Toyo Tires & Rubber ... [more] Full article


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Michael Binetti

Michael Binetti

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Michael Binetti, a partner of the firm, brings a proven litigation background plus extensive experience in arguing both trials and appeals. He has demonstrated his strategic legal capability and expertise in wide-ranging areas of litigation, including business and construction disputes, fraud, employment law, competition investigations, private competition actions, elections law and dealing with municipal and government regulators.

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Kenneth A. Dekker

Kenneth A. Dekker

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Kenneth (Ken) Dekker, a partner of the firm, is a successful trial and appellate lawyer who is valued by his clients as a resourceful and practical litigation counsel. With more than 12 years of experience, Ken has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Daphne Hooper

Daphne Hooper

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Daphne Hooper has recently joined Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP and intends to concentrate her skills in various areas of Civil Litigation and Competition Law. Daphne articled with Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP and has become a valued member of the team.

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Masiel A. Matus

Masiel A. Matus

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Masiel Matus consistently demonstrates strong knowledge and ability in the areas of commercial litigation, class action defence, employment and competition law. Masiel has provided diligent case management and litigation support in several complex litigation trials, making her a trusted and valued member of the Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP team.

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W. Michael G. Osborne

W. Michael G. Osborne

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Michael is a respected and practised litigator who acts for and advises parties in a wide range of competition matters, a variety of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholders' disputes, commercial fraud, and employment matters, and also in administrative law and constitutional issues. Michael has been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). Michael is a frequent contributor to newsletters published by the ABA's Anti-trust Section, The Litigator and often quoted by The Financial Post, The Lawyer's Weekly, Lexpert Magazine and other publications of interest to the legal community.

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Wendy Sun

Wendy Sun

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Wendy Sun has substantive experience in domestic and international contractual disputes, competition law, franchise disputes, shareholder disputes, negligent misrepresentation, commercial leasing, and intellectual property matters.

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