TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto commenced a class action against the Attorney General of Canada on behalf of all veterans who were in receipt of disability pensions or disability awards between 2002 and 2010 from Veteran Affairs Canada.
The Statement of Claim, issued in Federal Court on January 25, 2019, alleges that the Attorney General of Canada, acting through Veteran Affairs Canada, miscalculated the disability pensions and disability awards of veterans between 2002 and 2010. As a result of this error, veterans have not received the full amount of benefits they are entitled to, or interest on those benefits.
The claim alleges that the Attorney General of Canada breached its fiduciary duties, contractual obligations, and was negligent in the administration of disability pensions and disability awards.
The lawsuit seeks $600 million in damages.
The representative plaintiff is Jean-Francois Pelletier. From 1986 to 2005, Mr. Pelletier served as a Canadian Armed Forces Member in the Royal Canadian Navy. In 2002, he was deployed to the Gulf Region serving in Operation Apollo, Canada's military contribution to the United States-led international campaign against terrorism. Mr. Pelletier was injured in the course of his duties. Since 2002, he has received a disability pension from Veteran Affairs Canada. Veteran Affairs Canada has not disclosed the calculation error to him, or paid the disability pension benefits it owes to him from 2002 to 2010.
"Veterans dedicated their lives to the service of this country and deserve to be paid the benefits owed to them", said Kirk M. Baert, the lawyer leading the case at Koskie Minsky LLP.
SOURCE Koskie Minsky LLP
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