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Class action bar welcomes review of CASL but backs private right of action

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 11:54 AM | By Paula Kulig

The federal government’s plan to ask a parliamentary committee to review Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which has been criticized by businesses as being onerous and complex, is seen as a positive step by class action lawyers, as long as it doesn’t lead to the permanent removal of a private right of action (PRA).

Paul Bates, Siskinds LLPA private right of action, which would have allowed individuals to file lawsuits for alleged violations of CASL, was scheduled to take effect on July 1, but Ottawa announced June...