Class Action


Current Class Actions

Woodstock Apartment Class Action


On March 27, 2011, an explosion and fire took place in the apartment building located at 168 Victoria Street South, Woodstock, Ontario. The law firms of Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP are commencing a class action on behalf of the residents of 168 Victoria Street South who sustained damages as a result of the explosion on March 27, 2011.

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          Woodstock Apartment Class Action


Sunrise Propane Explosion Class Action

On August 10th, 2008 a series of explosions occurred at the Sunrise Propane plant in North York, Ontario causing extensive property damage, personal injuries and the evacuation of approximately 12,000 residents. Charney is a member of the class counsel steering committee.

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Secord Apartment Explosion Class Action

The firm is co-counsel in this class action on behalf of tenants whose apartments were damaged, who suffered injuries and were displaced form their homes for months as a result of an explosion at 2 Secord Avenue July 20, 2008. The class is comprised of approximately 300 residents. The action was certified on April 23, 2009. Our firm appeared as counsel on the certification motion.

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Kingston Road Class Action

On March 19, 2009, an explosion occurred at a condominium building located at 3650/3640 Kingston Road in Toronto. The explosion caused extensive damage to the condominium units as well as personal injuries to the condominium residents who were forced to evacuate for several months. Charney, together with Sutts, Strosberg LLP are acting for the plaintiffs in this class action which was certified by the Ontario Superior Court on December 10, 2010. Our firm was class counsel on the certification motion.

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Maple Leaf Foods Class Action

Charney Lawyers, together with Sutts, Strosberg LLP, filed a national class action against Maple Leaf Foods to recover damages on behalf of consumers who purchased or ate Maple Leaf Food Products which were contaminated with listeria. Within six months, the class actions were settled for 27 million, considered to be the largest food contamination settlement in Canadian history. A number of arbitrations must be decided before the settlement funds can be distributed.



Menu Foods Class Action

In 2008, thousands of pets from across North America became ill or died as a result of consuming pet food manufactured by Menu Foods Inc. Charney Lawyers was contacted by over a thousand pet owners and commenced three national class actions. Charney Lawyers was the only law firm in Canada to commence class actions against national retailers and brand name distributors including Loblaws Inc., Sobeys Inc., Walmart, Pet Smart, The Iams Company and Nutro Products. The lawsuits were ultimately settled for 27 million U.S. and received court approval. Distribution of the settlement proceeds have been delayed because two pet owners in the United States appealed the decision.

"I have no difficulty approving this settlement. I find it fair and reasonable and very much in the best interests of the class members. I note that class counsel had several meetings with class members and were able to satisfy themselves that the proposed settlement would cover most if not all of the losses sustained. That is, to say the least, an excellent result.”

Kennedy et al. v. Toronto Hydro et al.

(Ted Charney and Andrew Eckart were co-class counsel in the Class Action)

"As I said to counsel... the legal work that was done on this matter including all of the allocation of various compensation categories was excellent."

Charmley et al. v. Deltera Construction Ltd.

(Superior Court of Toronto, July 26, 2013)

(Ted Charney was co-counsel for the Plaintiffs in the Class Action)


Charney... is unquestionably qualified to act as counsel.”


                Ison T Auto Sales v. Zurich Insurance [2011]

                      [Ontario Court of Appeal, November 25, 2011]

(Ted Charney acted for Ison T Auto Sales i.e. Toronto Honda on the appeal)


“The Whiting Group Counsel Team consists of 11 law firms from 7 provinces across Canada and includes some of the most experienced class action firms in Canada with a broad range of experience in class actions with particular expertise in product liability class actions and personal injury. Four of these law firms are in Ontario where the action will be based and includes counsel who are very experienced in class action litigation and have the resources and experience to advance this claim in Ontario or on a national scale. This fact favours the Whiting Group.”

Whiting et al v. Menu Foods Income Fund [2007]

(Charney Lawyers was a member of the Whiting Group and appeared as counsel on the motion to decide carriage)


“The Settlement Agreement in the case at bar has undergone the court's scrutiny, and it appears to me that in entering into the Settlement Agreement and in seeking certification on consent for settlement purposes, the plaintiffs and the defendants, with the assistance of their legal counsel, have provided the social good of access to justice and adequate compensation in accordance with Canadian law for perhaps thousands of citizens who may have been harmed by the Listeriosis outbreak and who decide not to opt-out of the settlement, which remains the individual choice of class members.”

Bilodeau v. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. [2009]

(Charney Lawyers represented Ms. Bilodeau for this class action)


“Although I am not formally required to approve it, I believe it is relevant that, when the risks and expenses of continuing the litigation are considered, the settlement appears to fall well within a zone of reasonableness.”

       Yordanes v The Bank of Nova Scotia, December 2006 (Charney Lawyers were counsel for Yordanes)