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Claims process open on class action relating to TCE in the groundwater in Shannon, Que.


July 12, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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Quebec City and Montreal – Judgment has been rendered for establishing and opening the individual claims process on a class action suit relating to TCE in the groundwater in Shannon, Que.

The individual claims period began on July 10, 2021, and will run for 12 months ending on July 10, 2022.

According to a news release by law firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, on Dec. 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to grant leave to appeal to the parties. The Jan. 17, 2020, decision of the Quebec Court of Appeal ordering Canada and the other defendants to pay moral and punitive damages in connection with the contamination of the groundwater in the municipality of Shannon has therefore put an end to the litigation between the parties.

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According to this decision, persons aged 18 years and over on Dec. 21, 2000, and who resided in certain specific areas of the municipality of Shannon, Que., for at least a month during certain periods between April 1995 and June 2006 could be entitled to cumulative compensation ranging from $250 to $64,000, plus interest and additional indemnity accrued between July 16, 2007, and the date of payment of the compensation.

Since the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision was announced, the parties have been engaged in discussions with respect to the terms of the protocol that will govern the individual claims process. The parties worked together throughout the discussions to develop this protocol and to ensure that the steps it sets out could be carried out promptly and efficiently.

The parties agreed to propose the services of a claims administrator to manage the claims process. This decision was made to ensure a rigorous, fast and efficient claims process.

The Superior Court of Quebec approved the agreed-upon protocol on June 30, 2021.

Additional information is available on the website created by the claims administrator for the Claims Process, at actioncollectiveshannon.ca.