LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC, Aug. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Railway Co.
("CP") has been added as a respondent. It is alleged that CP entrusted
the transport of highly explosive shale liquids to a carrier with one
of the poorest safety records in the industry which was operating on
poorly maintained "excepted track" that did not permit the transport of
flammable or dangerous goods, with speeds limited to 10 km/h. It is
also alleged that CP knew at that time that MMA was insolvent and
The amendment has also added Union Tank Car Company, Trinity Industries
and General Electric Rail Car Services Corp. (lessors of the tanker
cars) and Western Petroleum Company (lessee of the tanker cars).
Lac-Mégantic lawyer Mtre. Daniel Larochelle explained that these
parties were added "on the basis that they were well aware that these
non-reinforced older model DOT-111 tankers were wholly unsuitable for
the transport of these highly explosive shale liquids." He stated that
investigations continue to ensure that all responsible parties will be
The proposed representative plaintiffs are Guy Ouellet, whose partner
Diane Bizier died in the explosion, and Yannick Gagné, the owner of
popular restaurant Musi-Café, which was destroyed as a result of the
derailment and ensuing explosions.
A team of experienced class action lawyers has been assembled to assist
the Lac-Mégantic community to prosecute this action, and consists of
Mtre. Daniel Larochelle, Consumer Law Group in Montreal, Rochon Genova
LLP of Toronto and Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP of New York
and San Francisco.
SOURCE: ROCHON GENOVA LLP
For further information:
Daniel Larochelle (819) 583-5686 or Jeff Orenstein (514) 266-7863