$4 million settlement in class action approved for distribution

TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Siskinds LLP of London, Ontario, James H. Brown and Associates of Edmonton, Alberta and D'Arcy & Deacon LLP of Calgary, Alberta announced today the court approval of a protocol for the distribution of settlement funds in the XL Foods class action. The class action was commenced in connection with the fall 2012 recall of beef products processed at the XL Foods facility in Brooks, Alberta. The recall was issued as a result of a possible E. coli contamination and is the largest food recall in Canadian history.

A settlement in the amount of $4 million has been reached with XL Foods to resolve the litigation in its entirety. XL Foods do not admit any wrongdoing or liability. The Alberta court approved the settlement and a protocol for distribution of the settlement funds. 

Daniel Bach, a lawyer with Siskinds LLP, states: "The result of this case highlights the importance of food safety and holding companies accountable where they have failed to implement safe food processing and testing techniques."

Persons in Canada or the United States who purchased and/or consumed recalled XL beef or who purchased beef that could not be positively identified as not being recalled XL beef are eligible to claim settlement benefits. Claims can be filed online at www.xlbeefclassaction.com on or before August 17, 2016. More information about the settlement, the distribution of settlement funds and the claims process can be found online at www.xlbeefclassaction.com or by calling the claims administrator at 1-800-951-3201.

About Class Counsel
Siskinds LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in Toronto and London, and affiliate offices in Montreal and Quebec City. Siskinds LLP is Canada's leading class action law firm.

James H. Brown and Associates is based in Western Canada and carries out an active class action, serious injury and fatality litigation practice.

D'Arcy & Deacon LLP, with offices in Winnipeg and Calgary, is a full service law firm, with extensive experience in class actions.


For further information: Daniel Bach, Siskinds LLP, 680 Waterloo Street, London, ON N6A 3V8, Tel: 1-800-461-6166 ext. 2278, Email: xlfoodsclassaction@siskinds.com; Alberta: Rick Mallett, James H. Brown and Associates, 2400 Sunlife Place, 10123 99 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1, Tel: 1-800-616-0088, Email: rmallett@jameshbrown.com; Clint Docken, Q.C., D'Arcy & Deacon LLP, 310, 525-11 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0C9, Tel: 403-245-0111, Email: cdocken@darcydeacon.com


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