How Class Action Lawsuits are Organized

February 23, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Episode Description

Rob Gain, lawyer, joined Koskie Minsky’s Class Actions group,, in 2014 after practicing at another leading class-action law firm. He describes his career and experience as a lawyer especially in class actions, and the work of the Class Actions group. He says what a class action and its stages are. He explains the things that lead to class actions, what these seek to achieve, the decisions expected from the Court, and the possible outcomes and implications. He highlights the broader outcomes of class actions, and the implications and for whom, and out-of-court settlements. He explains what people have to do and decide for themselves if they are interested in launching or joining a class action. He explains what normally happens to the evidence that’s been submitted to the Court once a class action is over. He discusses the influence of class action suits on governments in Canada.

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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