At­tempt to ap­peal ’60s Scoop set­tle­ment tossed

The Western Star - - CANADA - BY COLIN PERKEL

A last-ditch ef­fort to chal­lenge the court-ap­proved set­tle­ment of the ’60s Scoop class ac­tion failed Fri­day when a judge tossed the novel at­tempt as lack­ing any sub­stance.

In his de­ci­sion, Judge John Laskin of the Fed­eral Court of Ap­peal said the ap­pli­cants had pro­vided no sup­port for their highly un­usual mo­tion seek­ing leave to ap­peal the set­tle­ment.

“The ev­i­dence filed by the ap­pli­cants is in­ad­e­quate in the ex­treme,” Laskin wrote.

The rul­ing, bar­ring any fur­ther court machi­na­tions, paves the way for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the $750-mil­lion class-ac­tion set­tle­ment. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment had said it could not pro­ceed with pay­outs to vic­tims pend­ing fi­nal­ity in the court pro­ceed­ings.

The re­quest to ap­peal the agree­ment fi­nal­ized over the sum­mer rather than opt out — fewer than a dozen class mem­bers did so — came from a group of 11 claimants who said they were Scoop vic­tims, although two of the plain­tiffs sub­se­quently dropped out of the pro­ceed­ing.

They filed their ap­pli­ca­tion through a law firm that had been shut out of the $75 mil­lion in le­gal fees agreed to as part of the class-ac­tion set­tle­ment.

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