Appeal of Costs Award in Steel Plant Lawsuit
The lawyers behind a lawsuit related to contamination from the Sydney Steel plant are looking to appeal the awarding of costs in the rejection of the suit to the Supreme Court of Canada. Earlier this year, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ordered that the four plaintiffs in the class action suit pay more than $700,000 in costs to the provincial and federal governments. The law firms involved say they’ll pay that amount. However, in their appeal, they argue that the court’s awarding of costs contradicts its rejection of the class action in favour of individual actions. They go on to say that the court’s ruling that a class proceeding offers only minor cost advantages doesn’t hold up with the awarding of costs. The plaintiffs in the case were looking for compensation and a medical monitoring fund for contamination from the steel plant between 1967 and 2000.