Judges au­tho­rizes class-ac­tion suit over Mon­treal storm

Times Colonist - - Canada / World -

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.

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