When the Class Proceedings Act was introduced in Ontario in 1992, the major underlying rational was that mass tort claims could be dealt with more effectively and efficiently. Litigating these multiple claims collectively would save the courts time and money. Class claims would also be more economical for the parties because they would not need to re-litigate the same facts repeatedly in several forums.
For plaintiffs in particular, the ability to join claims together where the damages would not independently justify securing counsel gave rise to the possibility that members of the public could access the courts in ways that . . . [more]