Case Name:

Authorson (Litigation Administrator of) v. Canada

 (Attorney General)




Joseph Patrick Authorson, deceased, by his Litigation

Administrator, Peter Mountney and by his Litigation

Guardian, Lenore Majoros, Plaintiff

(Respondent/Appellant by Cross-Appeal), and

The Attorney General of Canada, Defendant

(Appellant/Respondent by Cross-Appeal)

PROCEEDING UNDER the Class Proceedings Act, 1992


[2007] O.J. No. 3297


2007 ONCA 599


61 C.C.P.B. 319


43 C.P.C. (6th) 253


160 A.C.W.S. (3d) 233


2007 CarswellOnt 5501


Docket: C41232



 Ontario Court of Appeal

 Toronto, Ontario


M.J. Moldaver, R.J. Sharpe and R.A. Blair JJ.A.


Heard: April 16-20, 2007.

 Judgment: September 6, 2007.


(5 paras.)


Appeal From:

On appeal from the judgments of Justice John H. Brockenshire of the Superior Court of Justice, dated December 22, 2003, December 31, 2004 and December 29, 2005.



C. Scott Ritchie, Q.C., John C. Spencer, Donald J. Rennie, William Knights and Christine Mohr for the appellant.

Raymond G. Colautti, Peter Sengbusch and Michelle Packer for the respondent.






The following judgment was delivered by

1     THE COURT:-- We have received and reviewed the parties' submissions on costs.

2     The Crown seeks costs of the action against the Litigation Administrator, Peter Mountney, and Litigation Guardian, Lenore Majoros, but does so only to underpin an order requiring Class Counsel to indemnify the Litigation Administrator and Litigation Guardian for such liability and to pay the costs personally. The Crown states at paragraph 5 of its factum:


                 The Attorney General does not intend, however, to pursue recovery of its costs against the assets of the Plaintiff; rather, he makes this claim only as it is necessary to support a Rule 57.07 award of costs under Class Counsel.

3     We would not give effect to the Crown's request that Class Counsel be required to indemnify the Litigation Administrator and Litigation Guardian or be held personally liable for any costs assessed against them. While we found counsels' conduct in pursuing the matter following the Supreme Court's decision questionable, the trial judge accepted their arguments. In the circumstances, we are not persuaded that Class Counsels' conduct constitutes bad faith or the type of conduct which cases such as Young v. Young, [1993] 4 S.C.R. 3 at paras. 253-255 call for as founding an order for costs against a solicitor personally.

4     The Crown's claim for an order directing that Class Counsel reimburse the Litigation Administrator and Litigation Guardian for all costs recovered from them and further directing that Class Counsel shall personally pay the costs of the Attorney General of Canada is therefore dismissed. In view of that disposition, it is not necessary to make any further order respecting the costs of the appeal.

5     It follows from our original order allowing the appeal that the cost orders of Justice Brockenshire dated September 28, 2006 and December 20, 2006 are set aside.