Media Advisory - Disabled Veterans' Lawyers to Brief Media on their Next Steps in $5.2 B Class Action Lawsuit



    Response to Ontario Court of Appeal Ruling Comes on the Eve of
    Remembrance Day

    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Lawyers representing 10,000 disabled veterans in
a $5.2 B class action lawsuit against the federal government will brief the
media on their next steps in the lawsuit following a July, 2007 ruling by the
Ontario Court of Appeal.
    The class action lawsuit, brought against the Federal Government on
behalf of thousands of veterans, seeks redress for decades of failure to
properly administer the funds of mentally and physically disabled veterans who
had been deemed incapable of managing their money by the government, because
of injuries sustained during wartime service.
    "This update is timely as it occurs on the eve of Remembrance Day, a time
when all Canadians pause to reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans who
fought for and secured our freedom. In the same way, this lawsuit on behalf of
thousands of disabled veterans is another battle waged not on distant shores -
but in the courts," the lawyers said.
    Members of the legal team are Raymond Colautti and David Greenaway,
Partners, Raphael Partners LLP, Windsor, Ontario and Peter Sengbusch, London,
Ontario.
    Raymond Colautti will outline the next and final step in the lawsuit,
which was certified in 1999 and is one of Canada's largest class action
lawsuits.

    
    Details of the news conference are as follows:

    Where:       Raphael Partners LLP
                 2510 Dougall Avenue, 3rd Floor Boardroom, Windsor, Ontario

    When:        Thursday, November 8th, 10:00 a.m.

    Who:         Raymond Colautti, Partner, Raphael Partners LLP
    

    Note: Out of town media may participate in the news conference via
telephone by dialing 1-866-440-4486. A limited number of spots are available.
Please call Eleanor McMahon at (647) 201-2820 for pass code information.

    About the Lawsuit: Since their class action lawsuit was certified in 1999
the veterans have been seeking redress from the federal government for years
of failure to properly administer their funds. Veterans in the Class include
those from the First World War onwards.
    In 2003 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government can
pass a law limiting its own liability, and ruled against the veterans who
argued that passage of federal legislation in 1990 removed their right to
property and thus contravened the Canadian Bill of Rights.
    Despite the government's victory, the lawsuit continued on the basis that
Ontario Superior Court Justice John H. Brockenshire ruled the veterans could
pursue damages in the case based on the government's failure to act as a
proper trustee. While it does not contest that it failed to act as a trustee,
the federal government appealed a 2005 decision by Justice Brockenshire, and
thus the damages awarded, to the Ontario Court of Appeal.





For further information:

For further information: Eleanor McMahon, Media Relations, Raphael
Partners LLP, Cell: (647) 201-2820, (519) 966-1300 Ext. 560;
www.veteransinterest.org

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