A strong and dynamic advocate, Maureen is committed to getting the right results for her clients.
Maureen’s civil litigation practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on contractual and infrastructure disputes and class actions. She has been involved in a variety of public proceedings before trial and appellate courts across the country (including Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador), as well as numerous private alternative dispute resolution proceedings requiring expeditious resolution and a cooperative approach.
Maureen has worked with Canadian and international clients across a broad range of industries, including construction and infrastructure, telecommunications, mining, manufacturing, hedge funds, pharmaceutical and renewable energy. She has a long-abiding research interest in the law of privilege, and in particular common interest privilege, and is frequently called on to advise in this area.
Vale Canada Limited
Acted for Vale Canada Limited and its affiliates in defending contractual claims before the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in an amount of almost $500 million that were asserted by the Plaintiff under an Option Agreement pertaining to the Voisey's Bay Nickel Project. This case was settled in September, 2018, at the end of the first week of a four month trial that would have involved dozens of lay and expert witnesses. This was the first "hybrid trial" and first electronic trial ever conducted in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Canadian Women's National Soccer Team
Advising the Canadian Women's National Team on the formation of a Players' Association and undertaking compensation negotiations on behalf of the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team Players' Association.
Acting for Denso Corporation (and related entities) in its defence of dozens of class actions commenced across Canada alleging anti-competitive conduct in respect of the sale of various automotive parts, including contested certification proceedings and with respect to cross-border issues arising out of parallel U.S. class actions.
Rogers Communications Inc.
Acting for Rogers Communications Inc. in connection with numerous multi-billion dollar class action proceedings across Canada to recover "system access fees" charged to consumers by wireless service providers in Canada in the period since 1987. These are some of the largest class actions in Canadian history and have given rise to numerous trial level and appellate decisions in favour of Rogers in various provinces in Canada, including Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia.
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (now known as Nutrien Ltd.)
Acted for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (now known as Nutrien Ltd.) in proceedings before the Courts of Saskatchewan. This was a multi-billion dollar dispute over the ownership of potash reserves in the world's largest potash mine in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, and gave rise to more than 100 days of discovery, numerous interlocutory motions as well as an appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. The case was settled shortly before the commencement of a lengthy trial in Saskatoon, on terms satisfactory to Potash Corporation.
Pershing Square Capital Management LP
Acted for Pershing Square Capital Management LP and other institutional investors in Sears Canada Inc. in connection with their successful efforts to oppose Sears Holdings Corporation's efforts to squeeze out the minority shareholders of Sears Canada, including proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission and the Ontario courts.
Co-chair, Ontario Bar Association, Today’s Advocacy Challenge: Mastering Remote Interactions with the Courts; Toronto, ON
Apr. 21, 2020
In Defence of Transactional Common Interest Privilege
Nov. 22, 2019 - This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (www. thelawyersdaily.ca), part of LexisNexis Canada Inc. On Oct. 31, 2019, The Lawyer’s Daily published “Transactional common interest privilege: Not over till it’s over,” by Alexander Gay. Commenting on the Federal...
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Luis Sarabia and Maureen Littlejohn Speak to Lexpert on Key Business Decisions of 2018
Feb. 21, 2019 - Davies partners Luis Sarabia and Maureen Littlejohn recently shared their insights on notable rulings from the past year in Lexpert’s summary of the top business decisions of 2018. Luis noted that the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Reference re: Pan-Canadian Securities Regulation...
Law Society of Ontario, Twelve Minute Civil Litigator 2018, “Privilege Update”; Toronto, ON
Sept. 18, 2018
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Maureen Littlejohn Interviewed in Law Times About Federal Court of Appeal Ruling
Apr. 03, 2018 - In an article published recently in Law Times (available to subscribers), Davies partner Maureen Littlejohn discusses the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision in IGGillis Holdings Inc. v. Minister of National Revenue, which confirmed the legitimacy of transactional “common interest...
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Maureen Littlejohn Speaks to the National Post About FCA Ruling Affirming Common Interest Privilege
Mar. 14, 2018 - In an article published on Tuesday in the National Post, Davies partner Maureen Littlejohn spoke about the Federal Court of Appeal’s (FCA’s) ruling last week in IGGillis Holdings Inc. v. The Minister of National Revenue, 2018 FCA 51. The decision confirmed the existence of...
Commercial Certainty Restored: The Federal Court of Appeal Reaffirms the Existence of Transactional Common Interest Privilege
Mar. 13, 2018 - Every day, across Canada, business and tax lawyers rely on the judge-made doctrine of “transactional common interest privilege” to facilitate the due diligence process and to ensure the efficient structuring and negotiation of commercial transactions. This beneficial common law doctrine allows a...
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Maureen Littlejohn Quoted in Lexpert about the Supreme Court of Canada’s Rulings on Solicitor-Client and Litigation Privilege
Feb. 08, 2018 - In Lexpert Magazine’s recent article about the top business decisions of 2017, Davies partner Maureen Littlejohn spoke about the cases of Alberta v. University of Calgary, 2016 SCC 52 (Alberta) and Lizotte v. Aviva Insurance, 2016 SCC 53 (Lizotte),...
Canada’s Top Court Rules on Personal Liability of Directors for Oppression
July 18, 2017 - On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Wilson v. Alharayeri (Alharayeri). The decision sounds an important cautionary note to directors concerning the potential consequences of engaging in conduct that is improper or defeats the...
Federal Court Refuses to Recognize Common Interest Privilege in the Transactional Context
Dec. 23, 2016 - The doctrine of “common interest privilege” ensures that a document or communication that is already protected by solicitor-client or litigation privilege does not lose that protection when it is shared between two parties sharing a “common interest” in either litigation or a...