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Lloyd v Google: UK Supreme Court holds that England’s representative rule can be used to craft a class action

November 10, 2021 - Professor Suzanne Chiodo writes on the long-awaited judgment in Lloyd v Google.

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Ducking the Ricochet: The Supreme Court of Canada on Foreign Judgments

November 08, 2021 - Professor Stephen Pitel shares his thoughts on the court’s decision in HMB Holdings Ltd v. Antigua and Barbuda, 2021 SCC 44.

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Making sport safer: the Sport Solution Clinic and the changing nature of sport disputes

September 23, 2021 - The Sport Solution Clinic expanded its legal services last year to include athlete representation in safe sport disputes, and has since been retained by several female athletes, who – despite being from different national sport organizations (“NSOs”) – all brought safe sport complaints against their coaches.

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Dean Chamberlain's top ten highlights for the 2020-21 academic year

June 29, 2021 - The 2020-21 past year was historic in so many ways. While it’s natural to think about the major disruptions caused by the pandemic, we also need to recognize the ongoing successes of our faculty, staff, students and alumni. Here are my top 10 highlights, in no particular order.

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Becoming competitive on the worldwide stage: UK Supreme Court gives green light to class actions

December 11, 2020 - The UK Supreme Court has given its stamp of approval to the country’s fledgling competition law class action regime, relying on Canadian jurisprudence in doing so. Opt-out class actions have been part of UK competition law since October 2015, when Schedule 8 to the Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force, amending the Competition Act 1998.

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Holding extractive companies liable for human rights abuses committed abroad

December 07, 2020 - In the last days of November 2020, the Swiss nation voted on a referendum question with high stakes for industry: the passing of a law intent on rendering Swiss businesses liable for human rights abuses or environmental damage abroad.

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Trojan Horse or Existential Threat: The SCC takes on Carbon Charges

October 06, 2020 - For two days in the last week of September 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada was seized with hearings into three related cases in a matter whose outcome is likely to chart an important future course for Canadian jurisprudence, both concerning the global climate crisis and the appropriate calibration of the constitutional division of powers. By any account, it has the potential of culminating into one of most significant Supreme Court rulings to date.

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Faculty Book Recommendations 2020

October 07, 2020 - From historical fiction to judicial memoirs - this list of thought-provoking books recommended by our faculty will inspire, engage and educate.

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Maximizing Virtual Learning

November 10, 2021 - With the move to virtual learning for much of the academic year, a new set of challenges comes with a different form of schooling. Virtual learning takes more effort on the part of the learner. This shift means that students should be reflective on what is or isn’t working in the learning process, and to adapt as needed.

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Not Waiving, but Drowning: Supreme Court of Canada Kills Waiver of Tort as an Independent Cause of Action

July 24, 2020 - After decades of uncertainty in the area of class actions and tort law, waiver of tort is dead. In its decision in Atlantic Lottery Corp Inc v Babstock, released this morning, the Supreme Court of Canada killed off the concept once and for all, holding that, “[t]his novel cause of action does not exist in Canadian law and has no reasonable chance of succeeding at trial.

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Dean Chamberlain's Top 10 Highlights from the 2019-20 Academic Year

June 18, 2020 - The world has changed dramatically over the last few months, and sometimes it’s hard to remember our pre-COVID circumstances. But I’ve been reflecting on the great year we had at Western Law, and wanted to share my top 10 highlights, in no particular order.

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