Friday, April 2, 2010

Judge halts Agent Orange class-action lawsuit

Rosie Gillingham, St. John's Telegram: Thursday, April 1, 2010

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A Court of Appeal has decertified a class-action lawsuit relating to Agent Orange at a former military base in New Brunswick.

More than 3,000 people from across Canada were involved in a class-action lawsuit against the government and the chemical manufacturers.

They were seeking compensation for being exposed to Agent Orange.

However, a decision by Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal Justice Margaret Cameron to overturn a previous ruling by a lower court means the claimants now have to file individual lawsuits.

That process would be more costly and time-consuming.

Retired Brig. Gen. Ed Ring of St. John's, who put his name forward on behalf of all the claimants in the lawsuit, was unavailable for comment.

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