Recent Developments

We are no longer acting as class counsel in this matter.

The proposed Representative Plaintiffs have now retained Harvin Pitch and Colin Stevenson of Stevensons LLP.

Contact information for new counsel is as follows:

Stevensons LLP

144 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, M5J 2L7
Tel: 416-599-7900
Fax: 416-599-7910

In order to obtain further updates in connection with this case, you ought to contact new counsel and/or the proposed Representative Plaintiffs, Esther Kafka, Ken Patel and Mark Cassells, directly.

Overview of Claim

A Statement of Claim was issued in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on May 20, 2008 claiming damages for breach of contract and breach of the Employment Standards Act, S.O. 2000, c.41 on behalf of all individuals in Canada who were employed by Allstate as agents as of July 24, 2007.

The Statement of Claim seeks damages of more than $60,000,000.00.

The plaintiffs, Esther Kafka, Ketal (Ken) Patel and Mark Cassells, have brought the action under the Class Proceedings Act, 1992.

The Statement of Claim alleges that on July 24, 2007, Allstate unilaterally announced substantive material changes to the employment contract terms with all of its sales agents, numbering approximately 450, across Canada.

The Statement of Claim alleges that all agents were employed under the same or substantially the same terms and conditions and that the changes unilaterally announced were to be implemented September 1, 2007.

The Statement of Claim furthermore alleges that the changes introduced by Allstate strip agents of their renewal books of business and closes 256 agent locations throughout Canada consolidating those locations.

The Statement of Claim furthermore alleges that the compensation system for Allstate agents changed effective September 1, 2007.

If you have not already contacted us, we would appreciate hearing from you as it may assist us in pursuing this claim. You may contact us by e-mail, telephone, mail, courier, fax, etc.

Certification Documents

Motion Record re certification

Responding Affidavit of Eric Pickering


Statement of Claim

News Articles

Kafka Interview from Exclusive Focus – Summer 2008

Spectator Article – May 22, 2008

Star Article – May 22, 2008

Windsor Star Article – May 22, 2008

Star Article – March 20, 2008

Contact Us

If you would like more information regarding this claim or wish to be added to our database of claimants, you may e-mail us at:

You can contact us directly by telephone at Scarfone Hawkins LLP
at 905-523-1333.

You can contact us by fax at 905-523-5878.

Due to the volume of inquiries, please allow one week for a response.