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Karin Sachar

Karin Sachar

Associate, Litigation


Contact Information

ksachar@osler.com

tel: 416.862.5949

Office

Toronto

Areas of Expertise
Bar Admission

Ontario, 2011

Education
  • University of Toronto, J.D.
  • Queen’s University, B.Sc. (Chemistry)
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons.) (History)
Language(s)
English

Karin has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice, with expertise in class actions, securities litigation, product liability matters and insolvency and restructuring.  She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the firm, Karin completed her J.D. at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law and spent a semester studying law at the University of Glasgow. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Honours Bachelor of Arts in History at Queen’s University.

    • BP plc defending a proposed securities class action commenced in Ontario arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and subsequent Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    • General Motors of Canada Limited in the successful defence at trial of a $750 million class action by former vehicle dealers.
    • A leading medical device company in class actions and individual actions in several jurisdictions defending product liability claims.
    • A gasoline, oil, and natural gas company in an action involving allegations of negligence in relation to their market-leading hydraulic oil.
    • A manufacturer of hair care products in its defence of a class action including allegations of breach of warranties, negligent design, advertising, labelling and manufacturing, breach of duty to warn, breach of Sale of Goods Act, and violation of the Consumer Protection Act and Competition Act.
    • A global leader in the lighting industry in multiple matters involving claims surrounding allegedly defective lamps used in large-scale commercial applications.
    • A leading international manufacturer of waste treatment equipment in a complex multi-jurisdictional product liability case involving many parties.
    • Walter Energy Canada Holdings, Inc., Ben Moss Jewellers and Cash Store Financial Services Inc. in various proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

  • Outside counsel assisting the United Nations Office of Staff Legal Assistance, Volunteer
  • Pro Bono Law Ontario, Law Help Centre Volunteer
  • Stephen Lewis Foundation, Committee Member for the Give a Day Campaign

  • “The Class of 2012:  Where Are We Now?, Class Action Developments in the Common Law Provinces 2012”, March, 2013 (with Sonia Bjorkquist and Mary Paterson), editions by Yvon Blais
  • Quoted in “Charity Lawsuit has Implications for Class Actions”, Drew Hasselback, Financial Post, November 7, 2012 (with Laura Fric and Kevin O’Brien)
  • Litigating a Cross-Border Class Action in Canada” presented at the ALM Cross-Border Litigation Forum in New York City, September 12, 2012 (with Deborah Glendinning, Sonia Bjorquist and Mary Paterson)
  • “Undertakings And The Inevitable Refusals Motion” Divine Discoveries: Building A Great Case, April 19, 2012 (with Valerie A.E. Dyer)
  • “Just Enough:  Practical Boundaries of Certification”, Colloque National sur les Recours Collectifs, Barreau du Quebec, March 2014 (with Mary Paterson and Sonia Bjorkquist)