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Brad Dixon

Associé

Vancouver
BDixon@blg.com
604.640.4111

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Brad’s practice focuses on class actions and complex commercial litigation matters.

He has successfully defended numerous class actions against leading Canadian and multi-national corporations.

Appearing in all levels of courts and acting as counsel in arbitrations, Brad has dealt with a broad range of disputes, including:

  • contract claims
  • shareholder and partnership disputes
  • product liability and warranty claims
  • disputes over real property interests or priorities
  • various types of consumer law claims
  • competition law claims
  • claims raising constitutional and other public law issues.

He co-chairs the firm’s Class Actions Group, providing strategic direction and co-ordination of the group across Canada.

Experience

  • Kirk v. Executive Flight Centre Fuel Services Ltd. et alBritish Columbia Court of Appeal, appeal taken from the certification of claims relating to a fuel spill into waterways; certification order set aside, potential common issues limited and remitted for reconsideration as to whether a class action is the preferable procedure.
  • Simsek v. United Airlines, Inc.(sub nom Ozturkler v. British Airways PLC), British Columbia Court of Appeal, successful defence of a certification application and appeal in a claim brought against British Airways PLC alleging that British Airways (and other airlines) had misrepresented fuel surcharges as taxes in their passenger ticketing practices.
  • Sekhon v. Royal Bank and others, defended The Bank of Nova Scotia in a consumer class action claim relating to sales of balance protection insurance. Certification application dismissed.
  • Tangerine Financial Products Limited Partnership v. The Reeves Family Trust, British Columbia Court of Appeal. Successful appeal on behalf of Scotiabank and Tangerine Bank, obtaining dismissal of an application to enjoin use of the name Tangerine Bank.
  • Watson v. Bank of America Corporation et al, British Columbia Court of Appeal. Represented Scotiabank on appeal from certification of class action. Judgment varied.
  • Marshall v. United Furniture Warehouse Limited Partnership, et al, British Columbia Court of Appeal. Defended a national retailer against a consumer class action. Certification application dismissed. Result affirmed on appeal. Leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada denied.
  • Koubi v Mazda Canada Inc. et al, British Columbia Court of Appeal. Defended a distributor and its authorized BC dealers against a consumer class action seeking disgorgement of profits based on waiver of tort. Successfully obtained reversal on appeal of certification; proceeding dismissed as disclosing no cause of action. Leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada denied.
  • Gary Jackson Holdings Ltd. v. Eden and others, British Columbia Supreme Court. Acted for lenders in successfully opposing certification of claim by investors in failed development company.
  • Chartrand v. General Motors Corporation, British Columbia Supreme Court. Dismissal of application for certification of a proposed class action.
  • CareVest Capital Inc. v. Chychrun and others, British Columbia Supreme Court. Obtained dismissal of negligence claims by pre-sale strata lot purchasers against project lender on developer’s failure to complete development of a subdivision; subsequently obtained dismissal of claims to priority interest by pre-sale purchasers). Please also see: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/Jdb-txt/SC/08/11/2008BCSC1138.htm.
  • Benning v. Volkswagen Canada, British Columbia Supreme Court. Obtained dismissal of application for certification of a proposed class action.
  • Dahl v. Royal Bank and others, Court of Appeal for British Columbia. Affirming pre-certification dismissal of a proposed class action.
  • Ernewein v. General Motors, Court of Appeal for British Columbia. Reversal of certification order, application for leave to appeal dismissed by Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Nanaimo Immigrant Settlement Society v. Province of British Columbia, Court of Appeal for British Columbia. Affirming dismissal of a class action on summary trial of common issues; application for leave to appeal dismissed by Supreme Court of Canada.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, The Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Civil Litigation and Class Action Subsections
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section and International Class Actions Subcommittee

Community Involvement

  • Past Chair, National Board of Directors of MADD Canada, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Former Member, National Board of Directors of MADD Canada, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia, Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence)).
  • Recognized in  Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution — British Columbia, Dispute Resolution — Class Action (Defence)).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® as "Lawyer of Year: Class Action Litigation— Vancouver". 
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2006) edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation, Corporate Commercial Litigation, Product Liability).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Class Actions).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2011) edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: British Columbia" and a "Litigation Star: Class Actions, Commercial, Product Liability."

Bar Admission & Education

  • Colombie-Britannique, 1990
  • LLB, Université de la Colombie-Britannique, 1989
  • B.Comm., Université de la Colombie-Britannique, 1989