Which way are the class action winds blowing in B.C.?

Since B.C. enacted its Class Proceedings Act in 1996, B.C. has been viewed as a certification-friendly jurisdiction, with certification rates approaching 100% in some years.  What do the 2015 cases tell us?

Based on a review of reasons from 2015 relating to contested appeals dealing with proposed or certified class actions, as posted on the B.C. Superior Courts website:

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Based on a review of reasons from 2015 relating to contested matters dealing with proposed or certified class actions, as posted on the B.C. Superior Courts website:

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In contrast to some earlier years, 2015 was a more balanced year.  It is too soon to say if this trend will continue in 2016.

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