Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP offers legal advisory services. The firm’s practice areas include commercial litigation, product liability, business reorganization, cross border issues, competition law, bankruptcy and insolvency advisory, government relations, business law, health law, taxation and trusts, executive compensation, negotiations, and contract disputes. It caters to construction, energy, entertainment, real estate, retail and hospitality, mining, and financial services sectors. The firm was formerly known as Cassels & Cassels and changed its name to Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in 1984. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP was founded in 1888 and is based in Toronto, Canada with an addi...
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2
Founded in 1888
Class Action Trial Against General Motors of Canada and Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Sep 5 14
Trial will begin on September 9, 2014 in a class action lawsuit on behalf of 182 former Canadian GM auto dealers terminated at the time of GM Canada's 2009 government-funded auto bailout. The suit names General Motors of Canada Limited and Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. The lawsuit, seeking $750 million in damages, alleges: The company breached provincial franchise laws through a high-pressure, fast-paced campaign to eliminate the dealerships at minimal cost under the threat of a GMCL bankruptcy filing in Canada in May 2009. Cassels was retained by the company dealers to act for them in an expected restructuring but was in a conflict of interest because it also acted for the Government of Canada on the GM auto bailout. The company gave insufficient time and misleading information to the dealers when it presented the termination package. The company threatened to seek formal insolvency protection if any of the dealers rejected the offer. With only six days to respond to the offer, dealers turned to Cassels. But Cassels, without having disclosed its conflict of interest to the dealers, took a passive role and left the dealers with no viable alternatives. Without effective representation and with no remaining time to organize a collective response, the vast majority of dealers signed back the termination offer as presented by the company and wound down their businesses. The company did not file for bankruptcy protection, unlike its parent company which made a formal Chapter 11 filing in the United States. In a 68-page decision certifying the case as a class action in 2011, the Honourable Justice G.R. Strathy described the tumultuous events that took place over six days in May 2009 while the company sought to eliminate the dealers. The class includes dealers in every Canadian province. Former owner/operators of dealerships in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston will testify on behalf of the plaintiff class.