Judge Grants Request to Expedite Trial Date of Class Action Against The Ontario Government Alleging Abuse of Developmentally Disabled

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable J. Patrick Moore late Thursday granted the plaintiff's request to expedite the trial in a class action lawsuit against the Ontario Government.  The class action arises from alleged abuses suffered by former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre, a government institution in Orillia, Ontario, for the developmentally disabled.  Justice Moore has indicated that former residents of Huronia will have their day in court beginning September 30, 2013.

In a written endorsement, Mr. Justice Moore said that this class action "involves unique circumstances, including that the class includes approximately 5,000 people who were institutionalized at the Huronia Regional Centre between 1945 and 2009, many of whom are challenged further by advanced age. Approximately 200 class members per year are passing away at this point. This is an ongoing concern. I am content to set a trial date today, recognizing the need to move this matter forward to an expeditious determination."

Kirk Baert of Koskie Minsky LLP, representing the plaintiffs, is pleased about the granting of this request and is optimistic that those who suffered needlessly during their residence at the Huronia Regional Centre will see justice.

"Setting a trial date is an important milestone in any case," said Baert. "Justice Moore's decision to expedite this trial is an important indication about the importance of this case."

There are two similar class actions against the Government of Ontario that allege negligence and breach of fiduciary duties in the operation, control and management at former-institutions: The Rideau Regional Centre, in Smith Falls, and the Southwestern Regional Centre, outside Chatham.  Like Huronia, these class actions arise from the Ontario government's alleged negligence for allowing abuses to occur unchecked for decades, despite the fact that the Cabinet was in possession of many reports, both official and unofficial, which should have raised alarm bells.

The representative plaintiffs and their litigation guardians commenced the class action in April 2009, seeking to represent all former residents of Huronia and their families. Koskie Minsky LLP represents the plaintiffs in this action and the plaintiffs in the Rideau and Southwestern class actions.

SOURCE Koskie Minsky LLP

For further information:

visit www.institutionalsurvivors.com or contact:
Kirk Baert
Koskie Minsky LLP
(416) 595-2117


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