MARTINE ROY V. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA
Message to all class members – November 28, 2017
Further to today’s announcement of the Agreement in Principle reached in the LGBT Purge class action, below are the AIP’s key points together with a link to the AIP itself. Please note that the French version is not an official translation.
An Agreement in Principle (AIP) was reached on Friday, November 24, 2017 between class counsel and the Department of Justice to settle the LGBT Purge class action. The AIP was drafted in English and a French translation is in progress. When the French version becomes available, we will post the AIP in both official languages.
Representative Plaintiffs Approved the Settlement
The class action legal team takes its instructions from the three representative plaintiffs, Todd Ross, Martine Roy and Alida Satalic who are all class members. They have been consulted regularly throughout the negotiations and they have approved the settlement.
There are several steps that must be completed before this settlement is finalized and funds are available to the victims of the LGBT Purge.
The AIP will be developed into a document with detailed legal wording outlining the specifics of the settlement agreement. This document will be called the Minutes of Settlement (MOS). It will take a few months to finalize the MOS, but the class action legal team will work hard to complete this as soon as possible.
Court Must Approve the Settlement
Once the MOS have been finalized, they must be submitted to the Court for approval. This will be done at a “fairness hearing” before a judge of the Federal Court on a date and in a city to be selected by the Court after consultation with the parties.
The law requires that the settlement be fair and reasonable to the class as a whole, not that it be perfect for any particular class member. Anyone who is happy with the settlement can make the Court or the class action legal team aware of their support. Anyone who is not happy with the settlement can also make the legal team and the Court aware of their concerns.
The class action legal team takes instructions regarding the MOS from the three representative plaintiffs (not from any individual class member).
Class members will be given notice of this fairness hearing in a manner to be determined by the Court. The Court will give class members an opportunity to make their views known about the settlement in a manner to be determined by the Court.
Deciding Whether or not to Participate
No class member will be forced to accept this settlement. Any class member who does not want to participate in the settlement will be given an opportunity to “opt out” in a manner and a time that will be approved by the Court.
Settlement Can Be Cancelled if Too Many People Opt Out
If more than 250 class members choose to opt out, the Federal government has the option of cancelling the settlement. If less than 250 class members opt out, the settlement will be binding on those who did not opt out. Those who did opt out will be free to pursue their own case with their own legal team, but will not receive any benefits pursuant to the settlement agreement.
Claims Will Be Administered by a Neutral Third Party
Under the AIP, the settlement funds will be paid by the Federal Government to a professional administrator selected by the parties. The Administrator will accept individual applications for payment from class members and determine which class members are entitled to payment and how much they are entitled to receive.
Highlights of Settlement
- A total financial settlement valued at up to $145 million
- A fund for individual compensation valued at up to $110 million
- Individual compensation will range from a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $150,000, based on harm suffered
- A fund for Reconciliation and Memorialization measures of at least $15 million, under the direction of a panel with government members but controlled by class members
- The Reconciliation and Memorialization measures will include a national monument in Ottawa, and a travelling museum exhibit with class members’ stories to be created by the Canadian Museum of Human Rights
- A Canada Pride Citation will be made available to all class members
- An individual letter of apology will be available to all class members
- Class members will be entitled to request a notation on their personnel record that they were not unfit for service because of their sexuality and that the purge policy was wrong
- The Federal Government will pay all fees for the plaintiffs’ legal team directly in a fixed amount of $15 million plus HST. Class members will not be required to pay any legal fees and no legal fees will be deducted from individual payments to class members.
- The Federal Government will pay for the costs of an independent professional administrator to administer the settlement up to a maximum amount of $5 million.
Summary of Settlement Process
Initial payment: Each class member approved for individual compensation will receive an initial payment of $5,000 as soon as possible after their individual application for payment is processed and approved. There is a grid of 4 compensation levels intended to pay increased compensation to class members who suffered more significant harm. The Administrator will determine the level of compensation payments for each class member.
Second Payment: After a period of time has elapsed, the Administrator will determine whether there is enough money available to pay claimants the full amount set out on the grid. If there is enough money available, everyone will receive a second payment.
If Settlement Funds Not Sufficient: If there is a shortfall, the higher levels of compensation will be reduced pro rata to ensure that the available funds are distributed fairly.
If Excess of Settlement Funds: If after approval of all class members the total value of approved claims is less than $50 million, the difference between that amount and the total approved claim amount will be used first to enhance the fund for reconciliations and memorialization measures by up to $10 million. If the amount still remains below $50 million, the remainder will be used to increase individual compensation payments to claimants, up to a maximum amount per category.
Message to all class members – May 18, 2017
Canada to apologize to LGBT members of the military and public service before the end of the year.
We are pleased that Canada has announced its intention to apologize to LGBT military and public service members before the end of the year. Negotiations are ongoing to obtain compensation for class members.
Message to all class members – Web Site Launch
We are pleased to announce the launch of the web site www.lgbtpurge.com. This site contains useful information on the history of the LGBT Purge, the proposed class representatives, the class action, the lawyers, etc. We will also use this web site to provide updates on the class action. We therefore encourage you to consult it regularly.
Message to all class members – March 17, 2017
As announced last week, we have filed a new combined action in Federal Court on Wednesday March 15, 2017. To download a copy of the action as filed, click here.
Message to all class members – March 10, 2017
We believe that we have been making good progress in moving along your class action.
We now have agreement for the Ross, Roy and Satalic actions to join forces. A new combined action will be filed in the Federal Court with Mr. Ross, Ms. Roy and Ms. Satalic all acting as representative plaintiffs. By working together, we increase our strength and avoid the months of delay that could have been caused by carriage motions across the country.
We have had several meetings with our counterparts at the Department of Justice and negotiations are continuing.
We are also developing a dedicated website that will be unveiled later this month to keep you informed about the combined class action.
We are committed to moving this forward and will provide further information as soon as we can.
Thank you for your courage and your trust.
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORIZATION TO INSTITUTE A CLASS ACTION: MARTINE ROY V. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA (2016-11-02)
Irving Mitchell Kalichman LLP has filed an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action on behalf of the proposed class representative, Martine Roy. The lawsuit is against the Government of Canada and its related crown agencies that are alleged to have carried out a deliberate and widespread campaign to systematically identify and purge LGBT Federal Public Servants from the public service notwithstanding that homosexual acts were officially decriminalized in Canada on June 27, 1969.
The class includes:
All residents of Quebec who are current or former members of the Canadian Armed Forces or employees of the Government of Canada (collectively, “Federal Public Servants”), who were investigated, targeted, sanctioned, and/or who were discharged or terminated by the Government of Canada because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, between June 27, 1969 and the present.
The action alleges that in investigating, targeting, sanctioning and/or terminating the Federal Public Servants on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, the Government of Canada abused its power, committed a fault, and breached the Federal Public Servants’ rights under the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The suit seeks compensatory, moral and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial.
Under Quebec law, everyone in Quebec who is a member of the class is automatically included unless they decide to opt out. The opt-out procedure will be determined at a later date by the Court, so there is nothing that you are required to do right now. However, if you have information about the Government of Canada’s actions as they relate to this claim, or the impact the Government of Canada’s actions have had on you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 514-935-4460 and ask to speak to Audrey Boctor or Jean-Michel Boudreau.
If you reside outside of Quebec, you are included in the companion action, Ross v. Attorney-General of Canada,filed by Cambridge LLP in Toronto. For more information on the action covering Canadian residents outside of Quebec, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-477-7007 and ask to speak to a member of the Ross Class Action Team.