Vehicles stuck on Highway 13/ Snowstorm of March 14th, 2017
On March 14, 2019, an agreement has been reached between the representative Mr. Beauchamp and the Attorney General of Quebec. This agreement does not end the class action since there is no agreement with the City of Montreal.
Who can get money? All persons who were immobilized in a vehicle on Highway 13 South or Highway 520 East in Montreal between 7:00 PM on March 14, 2017, until noon on March 15, 2017.
How much? You could receive between $ 350 and $ 1375 depending on the number of hours you were stranded, your age, and your health condition. Deductions will apply on this amount for counsel fees and for costs to the Fonds d’aide aux actions collectives under law. You can view the full indemnity grid, the proposed agreement and the protocol detailing the claims process.
A fee of 20% plus tax on the indemnities paid to the members is asked by class counsel, this equals to approximately 23% of the indemnities when taxes are added.
Why notify us? The agreement and class counsel fees must be approved by a judge of the Superior Court who will have to make sure that they are in your best interest. You can contest the agreement and the fees by sending your contestation to class counsel by email, fax or registered mail before June 14, 2019. The contestations will be forwarded to the judge. You can also present your contestation to the judge during the hearing.
You can also opt out of the group if you do not want to participate in the class action. This exclusion implies that you will not be entitled to any compensation resulting from this class action, including the indemnities provided for in the agreement and any compensation that may be payable by the City of Montreal in the event of a favorable judgment or agreement. To exclude yourself, you must notify the clerk of the Superior Court of Montreal by registered or certified mail before June 14, 2019. Please note that contesting the agreement or fees is not an exclusion to the class action.
When? Class counsel will submit the agreement and legal fees to Judge Bisson of the Superior Court on June 19, 2019, at 9:30 am in Room 1.156 of the Montreal Courthouse. You can come to the audition if you wish to.
On March 16, 2017, TJL and law firm Trivium avocats filed a motion for authorization to exercise a class action against the Attorney General of Quebec and the City of Montreal, on behalf of all persons stranded on Highway 13 South on the night of March 14, 2017.
On March 20, 2017, Gilles D. Beauchamp filed a modified motion for authorization to exercise a class action in order, among other things, to become the proposed class representative and to amend the proposed class in order to include persons who were stranded on Highway 520 East.
You can read Mr. Beauchamp’s motion here.
On November 14, 2017, Judge Bisson of the Superior Court of Quebec authorized a class action for all persons who were immobilized in a vehicle on the 13 South Highway or on the 520 East Highway in Montreal from 19:00 on March 14, 2017, until noon on March 15, 2017.
You can read the authorization judgment here (French only).
Trivium avocats are responsible for communications with class members and for registration to our class member mailing list. You can visit their website here.
You should register to the mailing list to receive further details on the claims process that will be established upon the acceptance by the Court of the agreement.