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Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By John Chapman and Adam Stephens

There is little doubt that the strong trend in class proceedings for many years has been pro-certification. Although these cases open up the possibility of access to justice to aggrieved class members, they also often impose staggering cost on defendants. In the 2014 settlement of the Bank of Nova Scotia overtime class action after more than six years of litigation, BNS agreed to pay unpaid overtime worth potentially $95 million. BNS also paid class counsel fees of $10.45 million. To that would be added millions spent...