CLASS ACTION REGARDING THE CALCULATION OF LONG TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS UNDER DIVISION 2, PART III(B) of SISIP POLICY #901102
Simon Logan v. Her Majesty The Queen
Federal Court of Canada Number T-1358-18
UPDATE: March 25, 2020
On March 24, 2020, the Federal Court ruled that the Federal Government has underpaid many disabled veterans who were medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces.
The decision is available here: https://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fc-cf/decisions/en/nav_date.do
Specifically, the Federal Court ruled that veterans’ allowances at the time of their medical release should have been included in the calculation of their long term disability benefits.
We are very pleased with this result. However, the Federal Government may appeal the Court’s decision. We ask that, if you are interested in this issue, you contact your Member of Parliament and urge the Federal Government not to appeal this decision.
Presently, we are unable to calculate what award individual members may be entitled to. The offices of McInnes Cooper are currently closed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we will not be able to return any phone calls or emails at this time.
Thank you and take care,
What is this Class Action About?
The Plaintiff and the Class say that the Defendant breached the terms of Division 2, Part III(B) of SISIP Policy 901102 by improperly calculating the monthly income benefit and monthly income benefit – dismemberment.
Division 2, Part III(B) of SISIP Policy 901102 provides long term disability and dismemberment insurance to members of the Regular Force and Reserve Force – Class C who were medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces on or after December 1, 1999.
In particular, the Plaintiff and the Class say the Defendant failed to include monthly allowances as part of the “member’s monthly pay in effect on the date of release from the Canadian Forces” or “solde mensuelle du membre à la date de libération des Forces canadiennes” for the purposes of calculating the monthly income benefits of Regular Force Members.
Further, the Plaintiff and the Class say the Defendant failed to include monthly allowances as part of their “monthly pay in effect when the injury was incurred or the illness was contracted” or “la solde mensuelle en vigueur au moment où la blessure est survenue ou que la maladie a été contractée” for the purposes of calculating the monthly income benefits in the case of a Reserve Force Class “C” member.
Who are the Class Members?
The Federal Court has defined the Class as follows:
All former members of the Canadian Armed Forces who on or after July 17, 2012, received long term disability benefits and/or dismemberment benefits under Division 2, Part III(B) of SISIP Policy 901102, and had an allowance from the Canadian Armed Forces in effect on the date of their release from the Canadian Armed Forces or, in the case of a Class “C” member, when the injury was incurred or the illness was contracted. (“Class”)
What do I need to do to take part?
All class members have the right to participate in the class action. You are automatically included in the class action unless you opt-out of participating. You do not need to do anything if you wish to participate. If you wish to opt-out, you must do so by completing an opt-out form available from McInnes Cooper. Your opt-out form must be received no later than 28 January 2020. If you opt-out, you will not be affected by any decision the Court makes on the common issue in the class action, and will not be eligible to receive any payment from a settlement or judgment in favour of the Class.
Any Class Member who does not opt out will be bound by any settlement approved or judgment rendered by the Court.
McInnes Cooper can help you confirm whether you are a Class Member.
Do I need to pay anything?
You do not need to pay any legal fees directly out of your pocket. If the case is unsuccessful, no legal fees will be charged. By agreement with the representative plaintiff, a legal fee up to 33% of any amounts received may be paid to class counsel. If any settlement, judgment, or other benefit is obtained, class counsel shall apply to the Federal Court for approval of its fees.
Who is the Lawyer for the Class?
1300-1969 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2V1
Email: [email protected]
Where can I find more information ?
For more information or to opt-out of the class action, please contact McInnes Cooper at the address or email above.
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