A lawsuit has been certified as a Class Action against the Province. The Statement of Claim alleges that the Province is responsible for sexual abuse inflicted on children and youth who were forced to live in training schools and youth centres in Newfoundland. Sexual abuse may include sexual assault by staff, volunteers, other residents and includes beatings where the young person was naked or partially naked and detention while naked.
Why is there a notice? This means that the lawsuit meets the requirements for a class action and may proceed to trial. If you are included in the class, you may have legal rights and options before the Court decides whether the claims being made against the Province on your behalf are correct. This notice explains all of these things. The case is known as Jane Doe 7 et al v. The people who sued are called the Plaintiffs.
The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the Defendant. What is this lawsuit about? The Court has not decided whether the Plaintiffs or the Province is right. The lawyers for the Plaintiffs will have to prove their claims in Court. If you are having a difficult time completing the Opt-In or Opt Out Forms, you can call for assistance. Why is this a class action? Delegates are defined as the servants, contractors, agents, officers, volunteers and employees of the Defendant and the operators, managers, administrators, teachers, and staff of the Institutions;.
Institutions are defined as the following facilities, which housed minors and were operated by the Defendant in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador during some or all of the Class Period:. What are the Plaintiffs asking for? The Plaintiffs are asking for money or other benefits for the Class. They are also asking for lawyers' fees and costs. Is there any money available now?
No money or benefits are available now because the Court has not yet decided whether the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador did anything wrong, and the two sides have not settled the case.
There is no guarantee that money or benefits will ever be obtained. If they are, you will be notified about how to ask for your share. What you are required to do depends on whether or not you are currently a resident of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. If you do nothing, you will automatically remain in the lawsuit. You will be bound by all Court orders in this case, good or bad, and the Representative Plaintiffs will have authority to resolve your claim.
If money or benefits are obtained, you will be notified about how to ask for a share. Include your name, address, telephone number, and signature. You can also get an Opt Out Form from www. If you qualify for the Class, you will be bound by all Court orders in this case, good or bad, and the Representative Plaintiffs will be authorized to resolve your claim.
Do I have a lawyer in the case? How will the lawyers be paid? Class Counsel will only be paid if they win a trial or if there is a settlement.
The Court has to also approve their request to be paid. The fees and expenses could be deducted from any money obtained for the Class, or paid separately by the defendant. How and when will the Court decide who is right? If the lawsuit is not dismissed or settled, the Plaintiffs will have to prove their claims at a trial that will take place in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
During the trial, a court will hear all of the evidence, so that a decision can be reached about whether the Plaintiffs or the Province is right about the claims in the lawsuit. There is no guarantee that the Plaintiffs will win any money or benefits for the Class. Will I get money after the trial?
If the Plaintiffs obtain money or benefits as a result of a trial or settlement, you will be notified about how to ask for a share or what your other options are at that time.
These things are not known right now. Important information about the case will be posted on the website. How do I get more information? You can get more information at www. Who is a member of the Class? If you are currently a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador: To stay in the Class, you do not have to do anything. By opting out, will my name be made public?
Non-residents who do not want to be a part of the class should take no action. By opting in, will my name be made public? Log In Sign Up.