The Summary Judgment motion for our class action lawsuit was held at Osgoode Hall, Toronto on May 27, 28 and 29. It was initially scheduled for two days but the arguments were long and contentious requiring an additional two hour session on the third day.
Justice Belobaba ensured that both the plaintiff (retirees) and defendant (GMCL) had sufficient time to make their arguments and treated each quite fairly. That’s all that we can ask of a judge.
We appreciate the high number of interested GENMO members who attended on all three days and provided overwhelming support.
Note that a British Columbia case which is quite similar to ours, Lacey verses Weyerhaeuser, was settled on May 28 at the BC Court of Appeal in favour of Lacey (retiree). It was an issue and probably favourable in our case as we used it as a precedent.
We are cautiously optimistic because of the excellent performance by our law firm (SGM) and the recent BC decision. We have no doubt that our three lawyers (Christine Davies, Louis Sokolov and Steven Barrett) did a tremendous job. Their knowledge of our documents, their research into precedents and their ability to counter GMCL’s arguments were outstanding.
Justice Belobaba will deliver a decision in mid-July.
Thank you for your support. If you know of anyone who’s not a member of GENMO please recommend that they join. We will make a difference.
Your GENMO Executive
Brian Rutherford, Lynn McCullough, Mike Powel, Jan O’Neill, Jo Ann Stuart, Garry Marnoch, Doug McDowell, Denise Cay, Alanna Lyczba