Class Actions

Consumer Class Actions

Investigation Counsel P.C. acts on behalf of Canadian consumers in cases involving dangerous or shoddy products; misleading advertising that misrepresents the alleged quality or benefits of a consumer product or service; invasion of privacy and the unauthorized access and use of consumers’ personal data; and fraudulent billing that results in consumers paying hidden charges and fees.

Participation In A Consumer Class Action

By participating in a class action, consumers have the ability to achieve a settlement or judgment in favor of the class that results in fair compensation and that can benefit the public at large by deterring and preventing unfair and deceptive business practices, the misuse of confidential information, and the manufacture and distribution of inherently dangerous products.

Investigation Counsel can provide knowledgeable, timely guidance and representation in consumer class actions and protect your rights as a consumer.  We welcome your inquiries.  You can also view a list of current consumer class actions below.

Norton Anti-Virus Class Action

Toronto law firm Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation has launched a proposed class action against Symantec Corporation. Those affected are all Ontario residents who purchased Norton  branded security and antivirus software anytime  between July 2010 through July 2016.

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Ford Explorer, Ford Edge & Lincoln MKX Carbon Monoxide Class Action

Investigation Counsel P.C. wishes to announce the commencement of a proposed class action against Ford Motor Company. The action alleges that certain model years of the Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, and Lincoln MKX are dangerous and defective as drivers and passengers of these vehicles may be exposed to carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases while the vehicles are in operation. It is alleged that the defect makes driving these vehicles a health hazard which is potentially deadly and, as such, the vehicles are essentially valueless.

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Recours Collectif – Exposition Au Monoxyde De Carbone Dans Les Ford Explorer, Ford Edge Et Lincoln MKX

Investigation Counsel P.C. désire annoncer le début d’une demande de recours collectif contre la Ford Motor Company. Le recours allègue que certains modèles des Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, et Lincoln MKX sont dangereux et défectueux car les conducteurs et les passagers de ces véhicules sont exposés à du monoxyde de carbone et à d’autres formes de gaz nocifs quand le véhicule est utilisé. Il est allégué que ce défaut dans ces véhicules représente un danger pour la santé et peut être potentiellement mortel, réduisant ainsi la valeur du véhicule à zéro

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Investor Class Actions

Investment losses are an inevitable part of investing in the stock market.  Investors assess the potential risk and reward of an investment in a public company based on publicly available information.  However, they do not assume the risk of misleading financial statements, misrepresentations in MD&A, oppressive conduct by directors and officers, insider trading, market manipulation, and professional negligence involving a company’s auditors or professional advisors.  Corporate and securities laws are designed to protect investors from losses arising from such misconduct.

Regulators like the OSC and IIROC have limited resources – they simply cannot investigate and prosecute all instances of securities fraud and market manipulation and it is not their mandate to seek compensation for investor losses.  As a result, individual investors often assume there is nothing that can be done when their losses are small compared to what it would cost them to hire a lawyer to pursue a legal action.

An investor class action can be a powerful litigation strategy to recover your investment losses.  By aggregating individual investment losses, an investor class action provides strength in numbers giving ordinary investors a means of collectively enforcing their rights and fighting injustice in the stock market and the corporate boardroom.

An investor class action should also be an important consideration for institutional investors that purport to take corporate governance and ethics seriously.  By taking a lead role in investor class actions, pension and hedge funds can reaffirm their principles of responsible investment and send a strong message to public companies, their directors and officers, and other market players that misleading disclosure and corporate misconduct will not be tolerated.  In turn, they will encourage greater transparency and accountability and better protect their clients’ interests.

Investigation Counsel can provide knowledgeable, timely guidance and representation in investor class actions and assist in the recovery of investment losses.  We welcome your inquiries. 

RBC And TD Canadian Equity Fund Class Action

Investigation Counsel P.C. and Paul Bates, Barrister (collectively, “Class Counsel”) have filed  proposed class actions against RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (“RBC GAM”) and The Royal Trust Company (“Royal Trust”) regarding RBC Canadian Equity Fund (Fund Code: RBF269) (the “RBC Fund”) and against TD Asset Management Inc. (“TDAM”) regarding TD Canadian Equity Fund (Fund Code: TDB161) (the “TD Fund”).

The proposed RBC class action was filed on behalf of all persons, wherever they reside or are domiciled, who hold or held directly, or indirectly (via RBC “portfolio” or “fund of funds” products”), units of the RBC Fund at anytime from June 1, 2005 to present.

The proposed TD class action was filed on behalf of all persons, wherever they reside or are domiciled, who hold or held directly, or indirectly (via TD “portfolio” or “fund of funds” products), units of the TD Fund at anytime from January 1, 2010 to present.

 

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Partners REIT Class Action

nvestigation Counsel P.C. and Paul Bates, Barrister (collectively, “Class Counsel”) have filed  proposed class actions against RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (“RBC GAM”) and The Royal Trust Company (“Royal Trust”) regarding RBC Canadian Equity Fund (Fund Code: RBF269) (the “RBC Fund”) and against TD Asset Management Inc. (“TDAM”) regarding TD Canadian Equity Fund (Fund Code: TDB161) (the “TD Fund”).

The proposed RBC class action was filed on behalf of all persons, wherever they reside or are domiciled, who hold or held directly, or indirectly (via RBC “portfolio” or “fund of funds” products”), units of the RBC Fund at anytime from June 1, 2005 to present.

The proposed TD class action was filed on behalf of all persons, wherever they reside or are domiciled, who hold or held directly, or indirectly (via TD “portfolio” or “fund of funds” products), units of the TD Fund at anytime from January 1, 2010 to present.

 

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals Class Action

Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation has commenced a class action in Vancouver on behalf of investors of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:  VRX-T), which is incorporated under the laws of British Columbia.  The suit alleges oppression and securities violations by the company and certain of its directors and officers.

The lawsuit has been brought on behalf of investors who purchased shares or bonds of Valeant between February 28, 2013, and October 21, 2015.

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Royal Mutual Fund Class Action

Investigation Counsel P.C. and Paul Bates, Barrister (collectively, “Class Counsel”) have filed  a proposed class action in Vancouver, British Columbia against mutual fund distributor Royal Mutual Funds Inc. (“Royal Mutual”).

The proposed Royal Mutual Funds class action has been filed on behalf of all persons, wherever they may reside or be domiciled, who purchased or otherwise acquired one or more RBC Portfolio Solutions mutual funds through a Royal Mutual investment, financial or retirement planning representative between November 1, 2011 and October 27, 2016 (the “Class Period”).

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Consumer Class Actions

Investigation Counsel P.C. acts on behalf of Canadian consumers in cases involving dangerous or shoddy products; misleading advertising that misrepresents the alleged quality or benefits of a consumer product or service; invasion of privacy and the unauthorized access and use of consumers’ personal data; and fraudulent billing that results in consumers paying hidden charges and fees.

Current Consumer Class Actions

Norton Class Action

Toronto law firm Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation has launched a proposed class action against Symantec Corporation. Those affected are all Ontario residents who purchased Norton  branded security and antivirus software anytime  between July 2010 through July 2016.

Read More

Ford Explorer, Ford Edge & Lincoln MKX Carbon Monoxide Class Action

Investigation Counsel P.C. wishes to announce the commencement of a proposed class action against Ford Motor Company. The action alleges that certain model years of the Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, and Lincoln MKX are dangerous and defective as drivers and passengers of these vehicles may be exposed to carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases while the vehicles are in operation. It is alleged that the defect makes driving these vehicles a health hazard which is potentially deadly and, as such, the vehicles are essentially valueless.

 

Read More

Recours Collectif – Exposition Au Monoxyde De Carbone Dans Les Ford Explorer, Ford Edge Et Lincoln MKX

Investigation Counsel P.C. désire annoncer le début d’une demande de recours collectif contre la Ford Motor Company. Le recours allègue que certains modèles des Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, et Lincoln MKX sont dangereux et défectueux car les conducteurs et les passagers de ces véhicules sont exposés à du monoxyde de carbone et à d’autres formes de gaz nocifs quand le véhicule est utilisé. Il est allégué que ce défaut dans ces véhicules représente un danger pour la santé et peut être potentiellement mortel, réduisant ainsi la valeur du véhicule à zéro

 

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Investor Class Actions

Investment losses are an inevitable part of investing in the stock market.  Investors assess the potential risk and reward of an investment in a public company based on publicly available information.  However, they do not assume the risk of misleading financial statements, misrepresentations in MD&A, oppressive conduct by directors and officers, insider trading, market manipulation, and professional negligence involving a company’s auditors or professional advisors.  Corporate and securities laws are designed to protect investors from losses arising from such misconduct.

Regulators like the OSC and IIROC have limited resources – they simply cannot investigate and prosecute all instances of securities fraud and market manipulation and it is not their mandate to seek compensation for investor losses.  As a result, individual investors often assume there is nothing that can be done when their losses are small compared to what it would cost them to hire a lawyer to pursue a legal action.

An investor class action can be a powerful litigation strategy to recover your investment losses.  By aggregating individual investment losses, an investor class action provides strength in numbers giving ordinary investors a means of collectively enforcing their rights and fighting injustice in the stock market and the corporate boardroom.

An investor class action should also be an important consideration for institutional investors that purport to take corporate governance and ethics seriously.  By taking a lead role in investor class actions, pension and hedge funds can reaffirm their principles of responsible investment and send a strong message to public companies, their directors and officers, and other market players that misleading disclosure and corporate misconduct will not be tolerated.  In turn, they will encourage greater transparency and accountability and better protect their clients’ interests.

Investigation Counsel can provide knowledgeable, timely guidance and representation in investor class actions and assist in the recovery of investment losses.  We welcome your inquiries. 

Current Investor Class Actions

RBC And TD Canadian Equity Fund Class Action
Investigation Counsel P.C. and Paul Bates, Barrister (collectively, “Class Counsel”) have filed  proposed class actions against RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (“RBC GAM”) and The Royal Trust Company (“Royal Trust”) regarding RBC Canadian Equity Fund (Fund Code: RBF269) (the “RBC Fund”) and against TD Asset Management Inc. (“TDAM”) regarding TD Canadian Equity Fund (Fund Code: TDB161) (the “TD Fund”).

The proposed RBC class action was filed on behalf of all persons, wherever they reside or are domiciled, who hold or held directly, or indirectly (via RBC “portfolio” or “fund of funds” products”), units of the RBC Fund at anytime from June 1, 2005 to present.

The proposed TD class action was filed on behalf of all persons, wherever they reside or are domiciled, who hold or held directly, or indirectly (via TD “portfolio” or “fund of funds” products), units of the TD Fund at anytime from January 1, 2010 to present.

 

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Partners REIT Clas Action

Investigation Counsel P.C. wishes to announce the commencement of a proposed class action against the former CEO of Partners REIT, Ronald McCowan, certain of the REIT’s former and current trustees , and certain other defendants.

The action relates to the circumstances surrounding Partner REIT’s decision to enter a transaction, announced on April 2, 2014 (the “Transaction”), for the purchase of certain Ontario properties from an entity named Holyrood Holdings Limited (“Holyrood”).

The action is brought to recover losses suffered by all persons, subject to certain exclusions, who held units of Partners REIT as of the close of trading on April 1, 2014.

 

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals Class Action

Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation has commenced a class action in Vancouver on behalf of investors of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:  VRX-T), which is incorporated under the laws of British Columbia.  The suit alleges oppression and securities violations by the company and certain of its directors and officers.

The lawsuit has been brought on behalf of investors who purchased shares or bonds of Valeant between February 28, 2013, and October 21, 2015.

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HSBC Class Action

Investigation Counsel P.C. wishes to announce the commencement of a proposed securities class action against HSBC Holdings plc (“HSBC” or the “Bank”) and David Bagley, HSBC’s former global head of compliance. Bates Barristers, a prominent Toronto-based litigation boutique, will be acting as plaintiff’s co-counsel. The action is being brought on behalf of all investors, subject to certain exclusions, who purchased common shares or ADRs of HSBC between July 31, 2006 and July 11, 2012 (the “Class Period”) and who held those shares or ADRs at the end of the Class Period.

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