Only one kind of class action member, rules appeal court

A lower court ruling that classified class action members into distinct categories, and would have allowed class action defendants to obtain detailed contact information of “registered” members as well as would have authorized counsel of the class action defendants to meet with “unregistered” members was overturned by the Quebec Court of Appeal in a majority decision.

In a precedent-setting ruling that affirms the rights of class action plaintiffs and significantly restrains class action defendants from examining members of the class, the appeal court categorically concludes that there is no such thing as multiple categories of members. There are only members — including the representative and, if any, interveners — and those who chose to exclude themselves from the group.

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