On December 14, 2022 we entered the Claims Period of the ongoing class action lawsuit against the Episcopal Corporations of Halifax and Yarmouth.
During this phase people who have been abused by a priest of the former Archdiocese of Halifax, the former Diocese of Yarmouth, and the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth between April 14, 1954 and March 31, 2020 can make a formal claim to receive benefits from the recently approved $10 million settlement. The Claims Period will run for 12 months: December 14, 2022 until December 14, 2023.
The $10 million settlement terms related to the civil action against the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth was agreed upon at a hearing on November 14, 2022.
The claims period is a part of the lengthy process of civil action. This is not a new lawsuit. It was filed in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in August, 2018.
Please read the information below:
This notice was approved by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT APPROVAL IN CLASS ACTION
To all individuals who were sexually abused by a priest of the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Halifax or Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Yarmouth between April 14, 1954 and March 31, 2020 and have not previously settled or otherwise released either the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Halifax or Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Yarmouth.
The Court has approved a settlement which provides compensation to eligible class members who file a claim for sexual assault and meet the requirements of the claims process.
If you opted out of the class action, the settlement will not impact you.
If you are part of the lawsuit as a Class Member, you can submit a claim for a payment of money as compensation. The amount of money that you may receive will depend on the specifics of the claim you submit. The potential amount of money to be paid to a Class Member whose claim is accepted will likely range from $30,000 to $350,000.
For further information, visit https://kmlaw.ca/cases/catholic-priest-sexual-abuse-class- action/ or call 1-833-630-1785, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must submit your claim for compensation before December 14, 2023. If you do not submit your claim for compensation before December 14, 2023, you will lose your right to compensation.
Please click here to read a long form version of the notice above (or download the document directly via link below).