UPDATE – February 2nd 2009 – Details of the Statement of Claim issued by Merchant Law Group LLP.
Conservative Government Announces $24,000 payment to Atomic Veterans.
The government’s $24,000.00 payment to some Atomic Veterans is the same pathetic offer that the government made to a small percentage of the class in the Suffield chemicals weapons case and for payment to certain military in other circumstances. It has nothing to do with the wrong that was committed or the degree of pain and suffering or indeed death, caused by the wrongdoing of the government. It is more about politics than about fairness. And from experience, Merchant Law Group LLP knows that often it is difficult for people to even receive this inadequate payment.
Compensation for what in many cases is a lifetime of suffering based on the value of a used half ton truck and without any regard to the degree of entitlement, is compensation that insults the recipient former members of Canada’s military just as it ought to embarrass the government to make this inadequate offer.
When the program actually comes into effect, rather than simply being announced as a part of attempts at vote getting, Merchant Law Group LLP will be able to advise whether people may sign to receive the money and still remain in the class or whether they should elect to not try to receive this small payment and still receive fair compensation as a part of the class action.
Merchant Law Group LLP has 10 offices across Canada, with lawyers practising law in six provinces. Merchant Law Group LLP and Tony Merchant, Q.C. are well known for pursuing class action lawsuits in Canada including litigation regarding Winners/HomeSense, Various Cellular Phone Fees, BCE Dividends, GM Gasket Manifolds, Hip Implants, Lead Paint in Toys (and similar consumer products), Maple Leaf, Celebrex/Bextra, Vioxx, Sony, Residential Schools and various other cases. Tony Merchant, Q.C. is known to be one of Canada’s most active litigators with more than 600 reported cases in leading Caselaw Journals, having argued thousands of cases before the Canadian and American Courts, in Trial and Administrative Courts, and the Courts of Appeal of various American and Canadian jurisdictions, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Tony Merchant, Q.C., has a long history in pursuing public policy cases and is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.)
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