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Class actions targeting law firms

During a luncheon with colleagues recently, Eric Hoaken gave an informal presentation that turned out to be quite unappetizing as it raised the spectre of broader duties of care accompanied by prohibitive financial exposure and skyrocketing insurance costs for practitioners and law firms alike.

In what appears to be the emergence of an unsettling development that has begun to attract the attention of the legal community, a series of class action suits armed with significant claims has waded its way through the Ontario courts, all of whom have named major law firms as defendants. In two of the three cases, the claims were brought by parties other than the clients of the law firm.

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This story was originally published in The Lawyers Weekly.

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