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    François Deraspe v. Zinc électrolytique du Canada ltée

    Sulphur Trioxide Cloud

    The class action alleges that on August 9, 2004, Zinc électrolytique du Canada ltée installations in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield released sulfur trioxide into the air, causing troubles and inconveniences for the tens of thousands of persons who were on the path of that release. Class members experienced diverse symptoms, including breathing difficulties, coughs, asthma attack, and irritation of the eyes, throat, respiratory tract and skin. The class action thus seeks compensation for persons affected by the release of sulfur trioxide.

    Status

    On May 9, 2012, Justice Chantal Masse of the Superior Court authorized the class action and appointed François Deraspe as the representative plaintiff for the group.

    In September 2015, Justice Masse ruled against Ms. Chantal Desjardins and her client, François Deraspe, declaring them quarrelsome. Ms. Desjardins was disqualified to act in the file and François Deraspe lost his status as representative. Justice Masse held that despite a warning from the tribunal, Ms. Desjardins had acted abusively and inappropriately in her representation of class members. Two Court of Appeal judges out of three dismissed Mr. Deraspe’s appeal. We will therefore ask the Court to substitute Mr. Deraspe for Jean-Luc Génier as the new representative for the members of this class action. We will then be able to go forward with the preparation for trial.

    Are you a member?

    The group has been defined by the Court as follows :

    All natural persons who on the evening of August 9, 2004 were in the geographic areas hereafter described at the approximate times mentioned therein and who claim or will claim to have suffered from one or several of the following ailments because of the release of sulphur trioxide proceeding from the plant of Zinc électrolytique du Canada Ltée located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, and this, simultaneously with the passage of the release at the place where they were : Eye irritation, throat irritation, airways irritation, breathing problems, skin rash, cough, or asthma crisis. The geographic areas and the approximate times are as follows:

    The municipality of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield:  at around 21 h 53

    From number 900 to 1012 of boulevard Cadieux
    From number 500 to 900 of boulevard des Érables

    The municipality of Saint-Timothy:  at around 22 h 17

    The entire zone delimited by the Fleuve Saint-Laurent to the north, the boulevard Hébert to the south and to the east of the 5ième Avenue. The entire zone delimited by the boulevard Hébert to the north and highway 30 to the south and to the east of street Denise.

    The streets partly exposed within this zone are:

    The street des Lilas, from number 48 to 92
    The street Irène, from numbers 2 to 10 and the numbers above 38
    The street Denise, starting from number 2
    The 4e Street, starting from number 100
    The street St-Laurent, starting from number 206
    The boulevard Hébert, starting from number 5010
    Intersection of boulevard Pie XII and rang Sainte-Marie
    The numbers 2 to 418 of rang Sainte-Marie O.
    The numbers 2 to 400 of rang Sainte-Marie E.
    The numbers starting from number 2 of boulevard Pie XII
    All of highway 132 between Saint-Timothée and Melocheville

    The municipality of Melocheville: at around 22 h 42

    The entire municipality of Melocheville

    The municipality of Pointe-des-Cascades: at around 22 h 42

    The route 338, from 1ière  Avenue to the street Meloche
    The chemin du Fleuve, the chemin Saint-Antoine and the street Centrale
    The chemin du Fleuve, the chemin du Canal and the street Centrale

    The municipality of l’île-Perrot: at around 23 h 14

    The entire area of Pointe-du-Moulin
    The entire area of Pointe-du-Domaine

    The municipality of Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot: at around 23 h 07

    The entire area to the east of street Pierre Ricard and street Renaud

    The streets partly exposed within this area are :

    The boulevard Perrot, starting from number 3000
    The boulevard Don-Quichotte, starting from number 1000
    The street Pierre-Ricard, numbers 2 to 10
    The street Rollinet, numbers 2 to 40
    The street Roux, starting from number 2
    The boulevard Virginie-Roy, starting from number 1022
    The street des Roseaux, starting from number 12
    The boulevard Perrot, starting from number 1044

    The town of Beaconsfield: at around 23 h 28

    The entire town of Beaconsfield

    The town of Pointe-Claire: at around 23 h 40

    The entire town of Pointe-Claire

    The town of Kirkland: at around 23 h 37

    The area between highways 20 and 40. The area located to the north of highway 40 and delimited to the west by the boulevard Saint-Charles, to the east by the street Acres, to the South by the highway 40 and to the north by the boulevard Méridian and the boulevard de Salaberry.

    The streets partly exposed within this area are :

    The street Dufferin, starting from number 2
    The street Daudelin, numbers 2 to 26
    The boulevard Saint-Charles, starting from number 3300
    The boulevard Brunswick, starting from number 17000
    The street Grilli, from number 4 to number 14
    The street du Chamberlin, from number 36 to number 88
    The street Argyle, starting from number 146
    The boulevard Meridian, from number 68 to number 80
    The street de Berkshire from number 2 to number 10
    The street Acres, starting from number 100

    The town of Dorval: at around 23 h 58

    The entire town of Dorval

    Arrondissement de Lachine, at around 00 h 12 , on August 10

    The entire area of the arrondissement of Lachine located between the town of Dorval to the west, the highway 20 to the north, the Lachine Canal to the east and the Fleuve St-Laurent to the south

    The town of Dollard-des-Ormeaux: at around 23 h 58

    The zone delimited to the west by boulevard Saint-Jean, to the east by boulevard Sunnybrooke and to the north by the street Lake and the street Sunshine

    The streets partly exposed within this area are :

    The boulevard Saint-Jean, starting from number 4032
    The street Lake, starting from number 5054
    The chemin Barnett, starting from number 4880
    The street Dauphin, from number 2 to number 122
    The street Browning, from number 10 to number 50
    The street Hemingway, from number 2 to number 88
    The street Martinique, from number 200 to number 242
    The street Tecumseh, from number 1178 to number 1184
    The street Lamont, from number 4 to number 34
    The street Schubert, from number 100 to number 168
    The street Chatillon, from number 52 to number 82 and from 108 à 128
    The street Treton, from number 2 to number 18
    The street Manuel, starting from number 126
    The street Roger-Pilon, starting from number 108
    The boulevard Westpark, starting from number 140
    The street Lesage, starting from number 8
    The street Birchview, starting from number 40
    The boulevard des Sources, starting from number 4416

    Arrondissement Pierrefonds-Roxboro: at around 00 h 10, on August 10

    The area delimited to the west by boulevard des Sources, to the east by the Rivière des Prairies, to the north by the 9ième Street and to the south by the Parc régional du Bois-de-Liesse

    The streets partly exposed within this area are:

    The 19e Avenue, starting from number 10
    The 18e Avenue, starting from number 20
    The 17e Avenue, starting from number 42
    The 16e Avenue, from number 2 to number 12
    The 15e Avenue, starting from number 36
    The 10e Avenue, from number 2 to number 14
    The 13e Avenue, starting from number 24
    The 12e Avenue, starting from number 2
    The 11e Avenue, starting from number 20
    The 9e Avenue, starting from number 10
    The 4e Avenue S., starting from number 80
    The 3e Avenue S., starting from number 60
    The boulevard Gouin O., starting from number 10348
    The boulevard Lalande, starting from number 5100
    The street Saraguay E., starting from number 300

    Arrondissement Saint-Laurent: at around 00 h 10, on August 10

    The entire area west of highway 13

     

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