A proposed class action was commenced on May 25, 2010 against Thomson Reuters Corporation and Thomson Reuters Canada Limited on behalf of a class of Canadian lawyers and law firms. The representative plaintiff is Lorne Waldman, one of Canada’s leading lawyers, specializing in immigration and refugee law. The law firm of Goldblatt Partners LLP ("GP") (formerly Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP) is counsel to the class.
The Statement of Claim alleged that Thomson Reuters breached copyright by making available original lawyer created legal documents for fee or subscription without permission from, or compensation to, the authors of the documents through its “Litigator” service.
The parties reached a settlement of the class action in October 2013. On March 4, 2014, Justice Perell dismissed the motion for approval of the settlement. The plaintiff sought and obtained leave from the Divisional Court to appeal the decision of Justice Perell.
On April 28, 2016, the Divisional Court allowed the plaintiff’s appeal and approved the settlement agreement as well as class counsel fees. The Divisional Court’s decision is here.
The Notice of Settlement Approval can be viewed here (French version here). The Notice provides information about the settlement and how to opt out of the class action. The deadline to opt out is August 11, 2016.