Quiznos victory featured in Lawyers Weekly
The July 9, 2010 issue of Lawyers Weekly features a front-page article about Quizno’s Canada Restaurant Corp. et al. v. 2038724 Ontario Ltd. The article discusses some of the legal hurdles overcome by Sotos LLP on the appeal and draws similarities with Parsons v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, another recent B.C. Court of Appeal decision.
Sotos LLP lawyer David Sterns is quoted in the article:
There can be little doubt that the Court of Appeal intended by this decision to signal that class proceedings are ideal tools for achieving justice for economically disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, such as franchisees. In my view, the Court of Appeal wants these cases to be tried on their merits, and may the best man or woman win.
The lawsuit alleges that the Canadian franchisor of the Quiznos chain and others have illegally conspired to enhance and fix the prices of supplies purchased by Quiznos franchisees for their businesses. On June 24, 2010 the Court of Appeal upheld the certification of Canadian Quiznos dealers, allowing them to proceed with a class action lawsuit.