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Seeking Recognition of Canadian Class Action Judgments in Foreign Jurisdictions: Perils and Pitfalls


March 15, 2008


John P. Brown

There is a growing trend in Canadian class action settlements for defendants to seek certification of a worldwide settlement class. Settling defendants ask for such a class hoping to secure the broadest possible release from liability.

Whether a worldwide class is certified for settlement purposes or after a contested motion, there is a significant risk that a Canadian judgment approving such a class will not be recognized or enforced in most, if not all European countries

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