Dr. Barwin Class Action

Welcome to the Official Dr. Barwin Class Action Website

 Settlement Agreement has been approved

The Settlement Agreement has been approved and that approval will become effective on December 1, 2021, subject to any appeals. The Claim deadline will therefore be February 28, 2022, subject to any appeals. Please ensure that you submit your Claim Package before the deadline. The order approving the Settlement can be found here.

Did you and/or your spouse undergo Artificial Insemination treatment with, or entrust your semen to Dr. Norman Barwin, resulting in the birth of a child whose biological paternity does not match your consent?

If YES, you may now make a claim for compensation 



The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved a $13.375 Million settlement in the Dr. Norman Barwin Class Action on November 1, 2021.




The class action was launched in November 2016 by Davina Dixon, Daniel Dixon and Rebecca Dixon.  In 1989, Davina and Daniel went to Dr. Barwin for assistance in conceiving a child.  He performed artificial insemination and Rebecca was born on June 1, 1990.  Up until 2016, all three believed Rebecca was the biological child of Davina and Daniel.  However, DNA testing disclosed that in fact Dr. Barwin is Rebecca’s biological father.

Since 2016, many other former patients have come forward and the class action has helped them pursue answers about the true biological parentage of their children.

The settlement of the class action provides compensation to those patients and their children where the DNA of the children is not as was intended by the parents at the time of the artificial insemination performed by Dr. Barwin.  It also provides compensation to former patients who had entrusted their semen with Dr. Barwin either for safe-keeping or for a specific intended use, but which was used by Dr. Barwin in the insemination of another patient, and which resulted in offspring.

To assist other former Dr. Barwin patients seeking answers, part of the settlement will go towards the operation of a DNA database to be coordinated by Orchid Pro DNA Laboratories.  It will permit former patients who entrusted semen with Dr. Barwin and those children who do not know the identity of their biological father is to determine if there are any matches.  This process will permit the comparison of DNA between patients and offspring in a controlled and private database with agreements in place in the event a match is found.  The lawyers representing the plaintiffs encourage any former patients who wish to participate in the DNA database to get in touch with them as soon as possible to start that process.


The class action includes three Plaintiff classes:

      1. Mother Class: All patients of Dr. Barwin who underwent artificial insemination (AI) in Canada between July 1973 and 2012 by either (i) Dr. Barwin; or (ii) at another fertility clinic, with semen originally entrusted to the Defendant, which resulted in the conception and birth of a child whose biological father does not accord with the consent given to Dr. Barwin.
      2.  Spouse/Partner/Former Patient Class:
        • All persons who were a partner or spouse of a Mothers Class Member when the AI was administered and who agreed to have their own semen or specified donor semen used for the AI of a Mother Class Member but where the biological father of the child born of the AI does not accord with their said agreement; and
        • All patients Dr. Barwin in Canada who entrusted their semen to Dr. Barwin for storage, safe keeping or specified purpose and where the semen was used in the course of AI performed by Dr. Barwin between July 1973 and 2012 that resulted in the birth of one or more children who do not accord genetically with the consent these patients gave in regard to the storage and/or use of their semen.
      3. Child Class: All persons conceived and born by the Mother Class Members as a result of AI performed by Dr. Barwin between July 1973 and 2012 with semen entrusted to Dr. Barwin and whose biological father does not accord with the consent given by their biological mother for the AI.


You must submit a Claim Form and send it to the claims Administrator along with the OrchidPro legal DNA test or other compelling evidence that proves your claim. You can obtain and complete the form here.

Please follow the instructions on the Claim Form carefully. Class Counsel is available to help you complete the form and send your DNA test results to the Claims Administrator.

You will need to swear an oath that the information you provide on the Claim Form is true. 

You can email a copy of your claim form to [email protected]  .

You can also mail a copy of your Claim Form. You must mail your Claim Form by February 28, 2022.


Mailing Address:

RicePoint Administration Inc.

P.O. Box 4454, Toronto Station A

25 The Esplanade

Toronto, ON M5W 4B1

Courier Address:

RicePoint Administration Inc.

100 University Ave.

8th Floor

Toronto, ON M5J 2Y1






For further information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact the Claims Administrator, toll free, at 1-866-753-2594.


Class Counsel can assist you in completing the Claim Form and ensuring you have completed the necessary DNA tests to prove your claim. You can visit Class Counsel website at https://nelliganlaw.ca/class-actions/dr-barwin and/or contact the lawyers below:


Peter Cronyn

Tel:        613-231-8213

Fax:       613-788-3659

[email protected]

Jessica Fullerton

Tel:        613-231-8366

Fax:       613-788-3651

[email protected]


Frances Shapiro Munn

Tel:        613-231-8355

Fax:       613-788-3697

[email protected]



Robyn Beaulne – law clerk

Tel:        613-231-8214

Fax:       613-788-2370

[email protected]