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17 Jul 2017

Hollie Shaw, Financial Post (Canada)

Canada: Court rejects class-action suit against Joe Fresh & Loblaw on liability for suppliers' negligence in relation to Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh

" Judge rejects Joe Fresh class action related to Bangladesh factory disaster ", 17 July 2017

A proposed class-action lawsuit seeking $2 billion from Joe Fresh and Loblaw Cos. Ltd. over the collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory in 2013 has been rejected by an Ontario judge.

...Plaintiff law firm Rochon Genova LLP had argued that Loblaw was “vicariously liable” for the negligence of its suppliers and sub-suppliers, Pearl Global and New Wave.

...The claim of vicarious liability failed because Pearl Global and New Wave were not agents or employees of Loblaw, nor were they independent contractors of the sort that can trigger vicarious liability in the legal sense, Justice Perell wrote.

...Loblaw is “pleased” with the ruling, company spokesman.. said... In June, the retailer and owner of...Joe Fresh renewed its commitment to the global 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which established stricter standards for workplace safety in Bangladesh factories...

[Also refers to George Weston, Joe Fresh Apparel Inc, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Inc]