CLASS ACTION CASES - Latest News
October 9, 2013 - Canada Pension Plan Class Action - For the latest update click here.
February 6, 2014 - Western Regional Health Authority Class Action - View update.
April 29, 2013 - Canada Student Loans Class Action - For the latest update click here.
February 20, 2013 - HRSDC Announces 2007 Student Loan Borrowers Affected - For info click here.
Update Christian Brothers – United States Bankruptcy Proceedings Settlement
Updated - May 24, 2013
Bob Buckingham confirmed today a mediational agreement has been reached to settle the claims for sexual abuse by Christian Brothers in the Irish Christian Brothers Bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.
As a result of claims for sexual abuse initiated by many Newfoundland men the Christian Brothers of Ireland in Canada went into liquidation a number of years ago. This was followed by the Christian Brothers of Ireland in the United States filing for bankruptcy. There are about 150 Newfoundland men claiming relief in the United States proceedings. Overall 400 survivors of sexual abuse have come forward in the United States proceedings.
The settlement agreement was reached after many Court appearances and intensive multi-day mediations in the United States. One of the lead negotiators on behalf of the survivors was Mr. Geoff Budden, of Budden, Morris Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. I want to thank Mr. Budden for the exemplary professional legal services he provided throughout this process.
At the present time approximately 16.5 million dollars of Christian Brothers’ assets have been identified for distribution to survivors. We anticipate that amount will grow depending on final disposition of Christian Brothers’ property and a thorough analysis of available insurance funds.
Mr. Buckingham says the process for resolving the claims will take some time. There has to be an assessment of each of the claims and funds assigned to each individual. An assessment process has also been reached in the settlement. Mr. Buckingham does not believe funds will be distributed until 2014.
Privacy Breaches at Central, Eastern and Western Health
If you have received notification from any one of the province's four health authorities that your private medical records were breached, you can register to be part of the appropriate class action by clicking the button below.
For more info on the health authority breaches, click here.
"Three lawfirms proceeding with privacy breach class-action suit" (TheTelegram.com - Jan 11, 2013)
St. John's lawyer Bob Buckingham is joining a consortium of three law firms from across the country in a national class-action lawsuit against the Attorney General of Canada.
The basis of the legal action is the breach of privacy of more than half a million people in the recent loss of Canada Student Loan borrower information by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
On Jan. 11, the federal government announced that personal and financial information of about 583,000 student loan borrowers was lost.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada said an external hard drive containing data on Canada Student Loans Program borrowers from 2000-2006 was lost from an office in Gatineau, Que.
On Jan. 17, Buckingham Law filed a national class action. Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Falconer Charney LLP and Branch MacMaster LLP subsequently initiated legal proceedings.
Click here to read the full article on The Telegram website.