Maureen Littlejohn

Partner

Maureen Littlejohn

Maureen Littlejohn

Partner

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2009

A strong and dynamic advocate, Maureen is committed to getting the right results for her clients.

Maureen’s civil litigation practice focuses on class action defence and contractual claims. Canadian and international clients across a broad range of industries – including telecommunications, mining and manufacturing – value her advocacy and her detailed analysis of their business concerns. Maureen represents clients in hearings before trial and appellate courts across the country. She also has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, in particular related to design-build disputes.

A former competitive water polo player, Maureen now competes in open water swim races.

Maureen Littlejohn

Partner

A strong and dynamic advocate, Maureen is committed to getting the right results for her clients.

Maureen’s civil litigation practice focuses on class action defence and contractual claims. Canadian and international clients across a broad range of industries – including telecommunications, mining and manufacturing – value her advocacy and her detailed analysis of their business concerns. Maureen represents clients in hearings before trial and appellate courts across the country. She also has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, in particular related to design-build disputes.

A former competitive water polo player, Maureen now competes in open water swim races.

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.

Denso Corporation

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.

Apotex Inc.

Acted for Apotex Inc. in defending successfully at trial in the Superior Court of Ontario claims made by Alcon Canada Inc. concerning an alleged settlement of claims between the parties arising from patent disputes in the United States and Canada. Alcon's claims were dismissed by a Justice of the Commercial List in Toronto following the conclusion of an expedited trial.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in international tort litigation concerning the mining operations of an affiliate of Barrick in Africa, brought in the courts of Canada, the United Kingdom and Tanzania.

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.

Speaking Engagement

Law Society of Ontario, Twelve Minute Civil Litigator 2018, “Privilege Update”; Toronto, ON

Sept. 18, 2018

Benchmark Canada Impact Case of the Year Award (2019)—Recipient

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2009

Education

University of Western Ontario, LLB/MBA (with Distinction, Stephen Watchorn Memorial Gold Medallist), 2008
Queen’s University, BSc (Hons) (Mechanical Engineering), 2004

A strong and dynamic advocate, Maureen is committed to getting the right results for her clients.

Maureen’s civil litigation practice focuses on class action defence and contractual claims. Canadian and international clients across a broad range of industries – including telecommunications, mining and manufacturing – value her advocacy and her detailed analysis of their business concerns. Maureen represents clients in hearings before trial and appellate courts across the country. She also has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, in particular related to design-build disputes.

A former competitive water polo player, Maureen now competes in open water swim races.

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.

Denso Corporation

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.

Apotex Inc.

Acted for Apotex Inc. in defending successfully at trial in the Superior Court of Ontario claims made by Alcon Canada Inc. concerning an alleged settlement of claims between the parties arising from patent disputes in the United States and Canada. Alcon's claims were dismissed by a Justice of the Commercial List in Toronto following the conclusion of an expedited trial.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in international tort litigation concerning the mining operations of an affiliate of Barrick in Africa, brought in the courts of Canada, the United Kingdom and Tanzania.

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.

Speaking Engagement

Law Society of Ontario, Twelve Minute Civil Litigator 2018, “Privilege Update”; Toronto, ON

Sept. 18, 2018

Benchmark Canada Impact Case of the Year Award (2019)—Recipient

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2009

Education

University of Western Ontario, LLB/MBA (with Distinction, Stephen Watchorn Memorial Gold Medallist), 2008
Queen’s University, BSc (Hons) (Mechanical Engineering), 2004