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B.C. modernizes class action legislation; group looking into same for Ontario

Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 9:29 AM | By Ian Burns

British Columbia has made changes to modernize its legislation on class action proceedings, and a law reform group is looking into whether Ontario should take similar steps.

On April 26, the B.C. legislature passed legislation to amend the Class Proceedings Act that changes the province to an “opt out” jurisdiction in terms of class actions involving non-residents. Under the current system, non-residents must take active steps to join a class proceeding, while the changes ensure that non-residents are automatically considered members of the lawsuit unless they voluntarily...