Class Action Lawsuits

Class Actions In Newfoundland And Labrador

Class actions are lawsuits brought forward on behalf of a group. They are relatively new in Canada and The Class Actions Act was passed in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002. They allow people to sue for compensation in situations where it is often too difficult or unrealistic to file an individual suit, creating better access to justice for consumers. Class actions put victims on a more even playing field against typically large and powerful defendants.

Pioneering Access To Justice

Ches Crosbie obtained the very first class certification in Newfoundland and Labrador in a lawsuit against Bayer. It involved injuries caused by Bayer’s anti-cholesterol drug Baycol. Ches was also the first to receive a court approved settlement in Atlantic Canada in his Labrador class action over a hospital sterilization failure. He may be most well-known for his work in the Breast Cancer Testing Class Action that followed the discovery of botched medical tests by the Health Sciences pathology lab, and the Labrador Residential Schools Class Action. He has been able to help thousands of people through class action lawsuits, for whom it would be unrealistic to make individual legal claims.

Current Class Actions

Ches Crosbie is presently involved in a number of class action lawsuits. If you think that you or a loved one might be eligible for inclusion in one of his class actions, or if you would like more information, please contact Patient Injury Law by phone or email.


Dear Ches Crosbie, Thank you for offering your services since 2014 as a pro bono attorney for the Marystown Shipyard Families Alliance. Our committee represents, before WorkplaceNL, sick and injured workers from the former Marystown Shipyard in Marystown, NL. Since 2006, our group has been lobbying the Government of NL and WorkplaceNL not only to recognize the exposures and disease outcome from this one group of workers but also for a much needed Intake Clinic to ensure workers receive proper medical attention from those trained in occupational medicine. Thank you for listening when others would not and for volunteering your valuable time. We hope that assisting these injured workers and families will be as rewarding for you as it has been for us. Thank you,
Bernadine Bennett
Marystown Shipyard Families Alliance