Supreme Court approves a $400,000 settlement for victims of norovirus at Stanhope Beach Resort.
The Supreme Court of P.E.I. has approved a $400,000 settlement reached for the people who became sick with norovirus at Stanhope Beach Resort three years ago.
The court orders payments of $4,000 and $2,000 respectively be made to Deborah Basco and Christine MacDonald, the persons named as representative plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Other eligible claimants have 90 days from the notice of settlement approval to apply for payment from the $400,000 settlement fund. The court approved legal fees and disbursements of $95,500 for Ches Crosbie Barristers, reducing the fund to roughly $300,000.
A class-action lawsuit for $5 million was filed in 2012 by Halifax personal injury law firm Wagners. Ches Crosbie Barristers, a Newfoundland law firm, later took on the class action suit.
The firm issued a class action notice of the proposed settlement, noting it applies to all persons who attended the Stanhope Beach Resort as overnight guests, patrons of its food and beverage services and/or as attendees of wedding receptions between Aug. 17, 2012 and Sept. 4, 2012.
The lawsuit alleged that the defendant was negligent and in breach of contract in exposing class members to norovirus at the Stanhope Beach Resort.
The defendant denies the plaintiff ’s allegations and denies any wrongdoing or liability.
The court has not taken any position as to the truth or merits of the claims or defences asserted by either side.
The allegations made by the plaintiff have not been proven in court.