Murphy Battista LLP

British Columbia

Review

Dispute resolution

Murphy Battista continues to garner notice in Vancouver largely on the profile of Angela Bespflug, who has etched herself a position in the class actions community locally as well as on a more national level. Formerly with Klein Lawyers, Bespflug focuses on the plaintiff side of class actions, securing herself quite a loyal following in doing so. “Angela does a lot of federal court stuff – they brought her in because she has that expertise,” ventures a peer. Clients have been vocal in their appreciation, turning out in full throat to champion the team’s cause. “They're the best. They are great to work with,and they work so damn hard,” exclaims one peer. “They're very thorough and so tough! I wouldn't want to be opposing counsel going up against them. They're fierce!” Another insists, “I love this team. They're very communicative and keep me in the loop at all times. I had so many questions, and they always took the time to answer them fully. [There has been a] Seamless flow between them in terms of communication with me, and since Covidand we are on opposite sides of the country it has been nice to maintain the flow of information in both directions.” Bespflug led a class action (apparently the second of its kind) filed against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on behalf of women who suffered sexual assault, harassment or discrimination while working or volunteering with the RCMP in non-member roles. In 2020, Bespflug and her colleagues successfully negotiated a settlement with the RCMP with an estimated value of $125 million. The settlement covers claims dating back to 1974 and is national in scope. In August 2020, Bespflug launched a class-action lawsuit against the Federal Government of Canada on behalf of a national class of Canadians who applied online for COVID-19 emergency aid, only to have their personal and financial information stolen by hackers. The lawsuit alleges that a series of failings by the Government and the Canada Revenue Agency allowed at least three cyberattacks in 2020 but the public was not alerted until the story broke in the media. Most recently, Bespflug made news in March 2022 with a proposed class action against Canada alleging a systemic and toxic culture of misogyny within the Correctional Service of Canada workplace. The action alleges that female employees were subjected to rampant sexualized harassment, assault, and violence in the workplace, and that they were forced to endure this conduct in silence.