New date set for Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment /
Nouvelle date prévue pour la requête en jugement sommaire


The summary judgment motion is now scheduled to be heard in Toronto by the Honourable Justice Edward Belobaba on December 11-13, 2019. The results of the motion will be posted on this website as soon as they are released by the Court.

L'honorable juge Edward Belobaba doit entendre la requête en jugement sommaire à Toronto les 11 et 13 décembre 2019. Les résultats de la requête seront publiés sur ce site Web dès qu’ils seront émis par la Cour.

Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment Adjourned /
La requête en jugement sommaire est ajournée


In April 2017, CIBC released many documents to the Plaintiff that the Plaintiff had not seen before. This resulted in a series of discussions and motions about disclosure of documents, which are ongoing. The Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment has been adjourned to allow the Plaintiff to seek production of further documents from CIBC.

En avril 2017, la Banque CIBC a remis son dossier de réponse, soit la preuve sur laquelle la banque s'appuiera pour s'opposer au jugement sommaire. Dix jours auparavant, la Banque CIBC avait communiqué pour la première fois à la partie demanderesse des centaines de nouveaux documents, y compris les résultats de sondages internes menés auprès de ses employés. Cela a donné lieu à une série de discussions et de motions sur la divulgation de documents, qui sont toujours en cours.


Plaintiff Files Motion for Summary Judgment


March 9, 2017 -  The Plaintiff has filed a motion for summary judgment against CIBC.  This is a procedure that can be used where a party believes there is “no genuine issue for trial”. If the judge agrees that there is no genuine issue for trial, the judge can determine all or part of the lawsuit in a summary manner without the need for a full trial.
The motion is scheduled to be heard by the Ontario Superior Court from August 29 to September 1, 2017.





February 13, 2014 - Notice of Certification






THIS NOTICE may affect your rights – please read it carefully

On June 26, 2012 the Court of Appeal for Ontario certified the lawsuit of Dara Fresco v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) as a class action. The lawsuit will now proceed to a trial of the common issues on a date to be set by the Court.

For more information, see: or contact the law firms listed below.

The Lawsuit - The Representative Plaintiff Dara Fresco has sued CIBC for its alleged failure to properly compensate Class Members (as described below) for overtime.  Ms. Fresco alleges that, in failing to compensate Class Members for overtime, CIBC:

  1. Breached the minimum standards of overtime compensation provided for by the Canada Labour Code;
  2. Breached its contracts of employment with the Class Members; and
  3. Was unjustly enriched by keeping money for itself that should have been paid to the Class as wages.

The lawsuit asks the Court to award monetary damages to Class Members and to make orders requiring CIBC to change its policies and practices relating to overtime compensation.

The Court has not yet determined whether the lawsuit will be successful and a common issues trial date has not yet been set.

Who is included in the Lawsuit?

Class Members are automatically included in a class action once certified, unless they choose to opt-out of the proceeding.  This includes Class Members who reside anywhere in Canada, not just in Ontario.

By order of the Court of Appeal for Ontario the Class Members are composed of the following persons (the “Class”)

Current and former non-management, non-unionized employees of CIBC in Canada who worked at CIBC’s retail branches, High Value Cluster offices or Imperial Service offices at any time from February 1, 1993 to June 18, 2009, as tellers or other front-line customer service employees, including the following:

  1. Customer Service Representatives (also formerly known as Tellers);
  2. Assistant Branch Managers (Level 4);
  3. Financial Service Representatives (also formerly known as Personal Banking Associates, Personal Bankers, Senior Personal Bankers and Business Advisors);
  4. Financial Service Associates;
  5. Branch Ambassador;

And other employees who performed the same or similar job functions as the above under a different or previous CIBC job title.

If you fall within this Class definition, you will automatically be included in the class action. You may however choose to opt-out of the class action and pursue any claim on your own.

To be excluded from this class action you must send a signed and dated Opt-Out Form to Class Counsel at the address specified below confirming that you do not want to be a part of the lawsuit. Further details on how to opt-out of the lawsuit, and a copy of the Opt-Out Form can be found at or by contacting Class Counsel.

The deadline for opting out is Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  If your written request to opt-out is not received by that date you will remain a Class Member.

The Court’s judgment in this matter, whether favourable or not, will bind all Class Members who do not opt-out of the proceeding.

If you wish to participate personally in the lawsuit, please contact Class Counsel or you may apply directly to the Court for permission to do so.

What are the Financial Consequences of the Lawsuit? There is no cost to you to participate in the lawsuit. If the lawsuit is successful at the common issues trial, the Court will determine what damages or compensation, if any, Class Members are entitled to receive.  In that case, the Court will also determine the amount of legal fees and disbursements for Class Counsel which will be deducted from the total amounts recovered by the Class. In this case, the Plaintiff has received financial support from the Class Proceedings Fund (the "Fund"), which is a body created by statute and designed to allow access to the courts through class actions in Ontario. The Fund has agreed to reimburse the Plaintiff for some disbursements incurred in pursuing this action. The Fund will also be responsible for costs that may be awarded against the Plaintiff in this case.  In exchange, the Fund will be entitled to recover from any court award or settlement in favour of the class the amount of its funded disbursements (except amounts repaid by the Plaintiff or ordered paid by the Defendant).  The Fund is also entitled to 10% of any amounts that may be payable to class members.

Class counsel have been retained on a contingency basis, which effectively means that fees and disbursements will only be paid to Class counsel in the event of success. If the class action is unsuccessful, Class Members will not receive any compensation from this lawsuit (and will not be able to start their own lawsuits against CIBC in respect of the same issues and claims) but will have no financial obligations in respect of the lawsuit.

Class Counsel –  The law firms of Roy O’Connor LLP, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP [now Goldblatt Partners LLP] and Sotos LLP have been appointed as Class Counsel by the Court.

More Information – For further information about the class proceeding lawsuit please visit or the class counsel:

Roy O’Connor LLP

Attn: Amanda Grainger
2300-200 Front St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 3K2
Tel: (416) 362-1989
Fax: (416) 362-6204

Overtime Hotline: 1(888) 687-2431


This notice is published pursuant to the section 17 of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act, 1992 and was approved by the Court.