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Ruling opens door to umbrella purchaser suits

Alex Robinson - Monday, August 22, 2016

A recent Divisional Court decision to grant leave to plaintiffs of an uncertified part of a class action lawsuit opens the door to an increase of claims brought by what’s known as umbrella purchasers, some competition lawyers say.
The Divisional Court granted leave to the plaintiffs of claims in Shah v. LG Chem, Ltd., which concerns allegations that a number of companies were part of a global price-fixing conspiracy on lithium-ion batteries.

The motion judge, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell, certified the action.

However, he refused to certify claims relating to unlawful means conspiracy and those advanced on behalf of umbrella purchasers — claimants who did not bu...


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Monday, August 22, 2016

LAWYERS TEAM UP TO LAUNCH ROSEN SACK LLP
Toronto lawyers Avra Rosen and Susan Sack have joined forces to start a new firm called Rosen Sack LLP.

The two lawyers have been friends since they were put in the same section at Osgoode Hall Law School in the 1980s.

“We are two very strong women, advocates, trial lawyers — very similar in the way we approach things and how we have compassion for our clients and strive for excellence,” Rosen says.

Called to the bar in 1987, Rosen practised family law while Sack initially pursued commercial litigation.

Rosen has had her own family law firm, Law Offices of Avra Rosen, for the last 19 years. She says one of her only sticking points of creating the new firm was that everything in her office remains purple — which has become what she calls her “colour trademark.”

Sack, who recently left Basman Smith LLP, focuses the majority of her practice...

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