HALIFAX, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Earlier today, Canadian law firms McInnes
Cooper and Branch MacMaster announced a proposed class action
settlement with the Government of Canada over the reduction of disabled
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veterans' long term disability
The proposed settlement of White and Buote v. Her Majesty the Queen, which still requires Federal Court approval, is projected to provide a
total of over $31 million in benefits, plus interest, to approximately
1,000 disabled RCMP veterans. The proposed settlement also provides
that the reduction will cease for all RCMP veterans currently receiving
benefits and RCMP members who are medically released in the future.
The Federal Court is scheduled to consider approval of the settlement in
Halifax on June 20, 2014. If it is approved, class members should
receive their refund within six months of approval.
This case was initiated on June 6, 2008 by A. Gerard ("Gerry") Buote on
behalf of all disabled RCMP veterans whose long term disability
benefits were being reduced by the amount of their monthly Veterans
Affairs disability pension payments. Mr. Buote passed away after a
battle with cancer on August 24, 2009. Shortly thereafter, David White
of Bridgewater took on the role of Representative Plaintiff.
Mr. Buote's widow, Mrs. Sheri Buote, provided the following statement:
"Gerry started the class action suit because he felt all medically
pensioned RCMP members and their families were being denied, and this
was the right thing to do. He'd be incredibly happy today for everyone
involved. I'm very proud of him, and Peter Driscoll was amazing
through all of this."
The class is represented by Peter Driscoll and Dan Wallace of McInnes
Cooper and Ward Branch of Branch MacMaster.
"We are honoured to have been able to represent all members of the
class, and very pleased with this result," said lead counsel Peter
Driscoll. "We're glad we were able to come to a resolution that will
end the offset once and for all, and see disabled members who were
subject to the offset benefit from the terms of the settlement."
SOURCE: McInnes Cooper
For further information:
RCMP Class member information: www.RCMPLTDclassaction.com
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