Media Advisory - Court expected to rule on students' class action lawsuit

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - The Honourable Justice Joan L. Lax of the
Ontario Superior Court of Justice is expected to issue her ruling tomorrow on
whether to allow the court to hear a $200 million class action lawsuit against
the province's 24 community colleges. This unprecedented case was launched on
behalf of Ontario's college students by two college students, Andy Hassum and
Dan Roffey. The class action is seeking to recover $200 million in ancillary
fees paid by Ontario's college students, fees that are prohibited by a Binding
Policy Directive issued by the Ontario Government.
    In an effort to prevent the court from proceeding to consider the
underlying merits of the students' case, the defendant colleges brought a
motion seeking to have the case thrown out. The colleges' position was that
the government's "binding policy directive" is a kind of guideline and not a
"law," and therefore does not entitle any students to sue to recover fees
collected in violation of the directive. The colleges did not deny the
existence of the Binding Policy Directive or their collection of the
prohibited fees. However, they claimed that only the government could enforce
the Directive, and not the students from whom the fees were actually
    On January 8, 2008 a hearing was held to consider the defendant's motion
to strike the case. After two and a half months of deliberation, Justice Lax
is now expected to issue her ruling.
    The representative plaintiffs and their legal counsel, and
representatives of the Canadian Federation of Students, will be available for
comment immediately following the release of the ruling.
    An electronic copy of the ruling, along with a media release and
background documents, will be posted on the website:

    The ruling is expected in the morning of Friday, March 28, 2008.

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students across the province from more than 35
students' unions.

For further information:

For further information: Dan Roffey, Representative Plaintiff, (647)
222-7633 (cell); Amanda Hassum, Representative Plaintiff, (519) 221-5322
(cell); Doug Elliott, Plaintiff's Legal Counsel, Roy Elliott O'Connor LLP,
(416) 362-1989; Jen Hassum, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario, (416) 925-3825 or (416)
832-9073 (cell)

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