The following is a preliminary notice to the Class. The Court has not yet formally approved this notice.
Class members, approximately 7,500 disabled Canadian military veterans, have been wronged for far too long. The proposed agreement takes class members one step closer to getting what they’ve long deserved, returns the money that was wrongly taken from them and ensures that they will receive the rightful amount in the future.
The estimated total value of the proposed settlement is up to $887.8 million. This includes $424.3 million in retroactive payments, which in turn includes $82.6 million in interest.
The proposed agreement includes:
- Full retroactive payments dating back to 1976, including interest;
- A clear understanding of future payments; and
- Access to a $10 million Scholarship Fund for Class Members or their family members.
As well, Class Counsel will donate $1 million to the charity for support of access to justice initiatives for veterans, and $50,000 to lead plaintiff Dennis Manuge for all the work he has done in advancing this case on behalf of all veterans.
For full details of the settlement, the notice to the class, and the history of the litigation, please click on the links below.
The following Affidavits explain details of the proposed agreement and the six year legal struggle.
- Affidavit of Peter Driscoll [PDF]
- Affidavit of Dennis Manuge [PDF]
- Affidavit of Kristine Hunter [PDF]
The following provides illustrative examples of the recovery made on behalf of members and the related fees associated with the recovery.
The following is the brief filed in support of settlement and counsel fee approval.
Class Counsel are proposing a fee structure that is projected to be approximately 7.5% of the total value of the settlement. For full details on the fee mechanism, please review the court approved notice above.
The hearing for settlement and legal fee approval will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre (1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS) beginning at 10:00 am AST. If you are satisfied with the proposed agreement and fee percentage, then you do not have to do anything. You will receive a further notice after the hearing.
Class Members do have the right to file a formal letter of support or objection to the proposed agreement and/or fees, which will be considered by the Court at the hearing.
Letters of support or objections may be sent to SISIPLTDsettlement@mcinnescooper.com no later than February 7, 2013. You must provide your name with either your support or objection. Anonymous comments will not be submitted to the Court.
If you want to formally object to the agreement or the proposed fee percentage, you must include your reasons for objecting so the Court can understand your concerns.
Class members looking for more information on the proposed agreement and fees should contact McInnes Cooper at:SISIPClassAction@mcinnescooper.com
(902) 444-8417 (English) / (506) 877-0831 (French)
SISIP Class Action
PO Box 730
Halifax, NS B3J 2V1
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