$100 million class action lawsuit launched against Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd. as a result of the apartment building explosion at 2 Secord Avenue, Toronto

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - A class action has been commenced on behalf of
all residents of 2 Secord Avenue, Toronto as a result of the July 20th, 2008
explosion on the premises.
    Residents of the building at 2 Secord Avenue were evacuated and many have
been unable to return to their apartments as a result of the extensive damage
caused by the explosion.
    The plaintiffs allege that the defendant is liable for causing the
explosion. As a result of the explosion, the residents were displaced and have
incurred damages. Many of the residents are unable to return to their units
due to extensive smoke and soot damage.
    The plaintiffs are represented by Ted Charney of Falconer Charney LLP,
Glyn Hotz of Hotz Lawyers and Harvey T. Strosberg Q.C., of Sutts, Strosberg
    Mr. Charney stated "Despite statements that tenants can return to their
units, the fact is that most of the units remain uninhabitable because of
smoke and soot damage. This lawsuit is intended to compensate residents for
damages to their contents and the cost incurred for additional living expenses
while they remain displaced."
    Harvey T. Strosberg is one of Canada's leading counsel in class action
lawsuits. He was one of the lead counsel in the Hepatitis-C class action
against the federal government that resulted in a settlement of $1.1 billion -
the largest in Canada's history. He was one of the lead negotiators of a
groundbreaking settlement for compensation from the Ontario government for
Walkerton residents as a result of the E. coli contaminated water problem in
May 2000.
    For more information about Ted Charney, please visit
www.fcbarristers.com. For more information about Glyn Hotz, please visit

For further information:

For further information: For further information please visit
www.secordclassaction.com or contact: Ted Charney, Falconer Charney LLP, (416)
964-3408 x225; Glyn Hotz, Hotz Lawyers, (416) 754-9962; Sharon Strosberg,
Sutts, Strosberg LLP, (519) 561-6244

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