Book Review: Defending Class Actions in Canada: A Guide for Defendants

AuthorMichael A Crystal and Maria Khan
Michael A Crystal* & Maria Khan**
The f‌irst thing you notice when you crack open Defending Class Actions
in Canada: A Guide for Defendants is its ruby red covers. After reading
this book, I am convinced this is not a coincidence. The threat of a class
action constitutes a red alert for any in-house counsel or corporate ocer.
The promise of this book is that it will stand by you and act as your go-to
source during the potential tsunami of litigation ahead.
A word should be said about the authors, the McCarthy Tétrault
national class action department. The group consists of partners, senior
counsel, and associates from both civil and common law jurisdictions
across Canada. Jill Yates, who is both the editor-in-chief and contribut-
ing author of this book, is the Chair of McCarthy’s National Class Actions
Group and Practice Lead of their Vancouver Litigation group. She was also
an editor and contributing author to the previous editions of Defending
Class Actions.
Defending Class Actions is in its f‌ifth printing. The book’s preface
states that this book does not “comprehensively discuss every aspect of
class actions in Canada”; rather, it “provides key information and prac-
tical advice.” The latest edition features commentary on the Law Com-
mission of Ontario’s July 2019 report on Class Actions,1 as well as updated
* Michael A Crystal is a practicing lawyer and part-time professor at the University of
Ottawa, Faculty of Law.
** Maria Khan is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and
articling student working with Michael Crystal.
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