End of Legal Action Over Former Steel Plant
The law firm fighting a legal battle for people it says were exposed to contaminants from the former Sydney Steel Plant has decided to end the fight.
Halifax-based Wagner’s had managed to get the case certified as a class action in 2012 but the federal and provincial governments persuaded the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to decertify the lawsuit in December of 2013.
In January, the Supreme Court of Canada denied lawyer Ray Wagner’s request for an appeal, effectively ending the class action.
The law firm recently held a town hall meeting in Sydney to gauge interest in continuing with some kind of legal action.
Wagner says that not enough people expressed interest for them to continue.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal also awarded 740-thousand dollars in costs to Ottawa and the province in throwing out the class-action.
Wagner’s law firm and a partner firm have agreed to cover those costs.