Koskie Minsky LLP Brings Canadian Armed Forces Pension Delays Class Action

TORONTO, June 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto, Ontario has commenced a class action against the Attorney General of Canada alleging, among other things, that Canada has engaged in chronic, excessive and unreasonable delay in the payment of pensions to discharged members of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is alleged that through mismanagement, Canada has forced discharged members of the Canadian Armed Forces to wait weeks, months and in some instances years, before receiving their pension payments.  

The statement of claim, issued on June 30, 2017, was commenced on behalf of all members of the Canadian Forces - Reserve Force Pension Plan and the Canadian Forces - Regular Force Pension Plan who were entitled upon release to an Immediate Annuity, Transfer Value, Annual Allowance or Bridge Benefit between March 1, 2007 and the present.

Douglas Jost, a retired Lieutenant Naval Reservist, is the proposed representative plaintiff in this class action. Mr. Jost did not receive payment of his pension until 6.5 months from his date of discharge.

"Veterans have dedicated their lives to service of this country," says Kirk M. Baert, a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP, " and it is absolutely tragic that Canadian veterans have faced financial ruin, and even homelessness, because of the chronic delays in accessing their pensions."

The claim seeks $100 million in damages for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

SOURCE Koskie Minsky LLP

For further information: Jody Brown, Koskie Minsky LLP, 416-595-2709 or jbrown@kmlaw.ca, Website: Kmlaw.ca/cafpensions


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