MEDIA ADVISORY - Hepatitis-C Tainted Blood Victims Await Final Justice

Interview Opportunity on Hepatitis-C settlement Court hearing next week.

VANCOUVER, June 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Most Canadians thought the tainted blood tragedy had been fully addressed. But there are hundreds of tainted blood victims who are still waiting for the compensation that was promised to them by the Government of Canada. They will be closely following a court hearing taking place next week (June 20-22, 2016) in Toronto, Ontario. A joint hearing of the courts of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia will consider submissions on how to allocate a $250 million surplus from the 1986-1990 Hepatitis-C settlement fund. Meanwhile, more than 300 victims in the pre-1986/post-1990 Hepatitis-C settlement group have not been paid due to a $65 million shortfall in their settlement fund.

The following spokespersons are able to provide their views on the matter:

  • Fred Girling, widower of a Hepatitis-C tainted blood victim who has been waiting for promised compensation from the Government of Canada, and sponsor of an online petition (details below)
  • Cheryl Reitz, Secretary of HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society
  • Mike McCarthy, Lead Plaintiff for the pre-1986/post-1990 class action
  • David Klein, Managing Partner of Klein Lawyers LLP on behalf of pre-1986/post-1990 Hepatitis C victims


For more information, visit a petition by widower Fred Girling addressed to Prime Minister Trudeau, the Attorney General of Canada, and the Minister of Health Canada:

SOURCE Klein Lawyers

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For further information: To arrange an interview, please contact Lisa Porteous at 604.714.6533 (Vancouver) or

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