Ontario’s Bill 161 Will Make It Harder To Sue Negligent Nursing Homes, Lawyers Warn

Article Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/ontario-class-actions-bill-161-coronavirus_ca_5eea71b1c5b6d28ea6cac9cf

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

TORONTO — An Ontario bill will make it harder to launch class action lawsuits like the ones accusing nursing homes of negligence during the COVID-19 pandemic, lawyers and advocates say. “If Bill 161 is law, our most vulnerable citizens, seniors in long-term care homes overrun with COVID, will not be able to use class actions to get justice,” Siskinds LLP lawyer Daniel Bach told MPPs at a Queen’s Park committee Thursday. “If we can’t have class actions in these sorts of mass tragedies, only some of those people will be able to afford to do it individually.”