Judges authorizes class-action suit over Montreal storm
MONTREAL — A Quebec judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit related to the debacle on two Montreal highways last March that left hundreds of motorists stranded in a massive snowstorm.
The city was blanketed with about 40 centimetres of snow, forcing some drivers to spend the night in their vehicles and others to abandon their cars after waiting hours for help.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Donald Bisson gave the green light Tuesday for the lawsuit to be heard, with 1,649 registered claimants seeking $2,500 each.
The defendants in the suit are the Quebec government and the City of Montreal. They have 30 days to appeal Bisson’s decision. If they don’t, the case is not expected to get going for at least another six months.
An investigator concluded in a report last May that authorities underestimated the severity of the problems and communicated poorly with one another.