Canada: class action lawsuits filed in response to falling glass in Toronto

Class-action suits are being launched against developers, contractors and others, alleging negligence in the construction of two condo developments in which glass fell from balconies to the streets below. As a result, the balconies were sealed and residents denied access to them.

Shattering balcony glass has pushed Toronto appartment owners to launch class-action suits against developers, contractors and others, alleging negligence in the construction of two condo developments in which glass crashed to the streets below.
As a result, the balconies were sealed months ago and residents denied access to them.
The action on behalf of owners and renters of the units in the Murano Towers, located on Bay Street near College Street, names Bay Grenville Properties and Lanterra Developments, among others.
The proposed suit against Festival Tower, located on King Street West in the city’s entertainment district, names King and John Festival Corp. and the Daniels Corp.
The class actions were launched by law firms Falconer Charney and Sutts, Strosberg.
The law firms are seeking compensation for residents of the buildings for the loss of use of their balconies.
“Our goal is to compensate the class members for the loss of use of their outdoor living space and to motivate the builders to correct the problem as soon as possible,” said Ted Charney, a partner of Falconer Charney LLP.
“Outdoor living space in downtown Toronto sells for a premium and is an integral part of condo life. The developers promoted the sale of these units by emphasizing the sizeable balconies and terraces, but the class members have been unable to use their outdoor living space for over a year with no end in sight,” added Sharon Strosberg, a partner of Sutts, Strosberg LLP, which is currently co‐counsel with Falconer Charney LLP in three certified class actions with respect to explosions in apartment buildings or condominiums.