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CLASS ACTION Fees for educational services and for the purchase of school materials

CLASS ACTION Fees for educational services and for the purchase of school materials

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The Settlement Agreement

 

On June 29th, 2018, a settlement agreement was entered into between the representative plaintiff and the 68 school boards targeted by the class action. This agreement was approved by the Superior Court of Quebec on July 30th, 2018. You can consult the full text of the settlement agreement and of the judgment approving it in the "Official Documents" section of this website.

Without admission of liability, and subject to their rights and remedies against their responsibility insurers, the 68 school boards targeted by the class action have agreed to collectively pay a total of $153,507,134.00 in capital, interest, costs and additional indemnity, including the fees of counsel for the class members (and the applicable taxes), as well as the disbursements (including financing costs) and legal costs incurred by them. This total amount excludes the distribution costs and the publication costs for the notices, which are assumed directly by the 68 targeted school boards in addition to this total amount.

This total amount of 153,507,134.00$ will allow for the payment to parents of net indemnities of $24.09 per student per school year of attendance between the 2009-2010 or 2010-2011 (depending on the school board) and 2016-2017 school years.

The settlement agreement provides that, for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years, the class members are compensated by the Supplement for the purchase of school supplies paid  by the Government of Quebec from the 2017-2018 school year.

The school boards targeted by the class action have undertaken not to substantially increase the fees charged to parents for the 2018-2019 school year, except in accordance with the directive on free education  issued on June 7, 2018. by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports.

The settlement agreement provides for the complete and final settlement of all claims arising from the facts and costs mentioned in the class action proceedings (which you may consult in the "Official Documents" section of this website), for the 2009-2010 or 2010-2011 school year, as the case may be, to the 2018-2019 school year.

Any class member who has not opted out of the class action has given, through the representative plaintiff, full and final release for any claim mentioned in the preceding paragraph

The agreement provides for the automatic distribution of the indemnities to the class members who are registered as persons in charge in the files of the students concerned by the class action. No intervention on your part is required.

The 68 school boards targeted by the class action have chosen to entrust the distribution of the net individual indemnities to Collectiva Class Action Services Inc., a specialized external administrator.

You can obtain further details on the automatic indemnity distribution process by consulting "The Distribution of Indemnities” section of this website.

 

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