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Alexandra Paul's July 24 story, Survivor payouts likely to soar, will most likely have the bigots screaming, "They don't deserve any more." Actually, they deserve much, much more.

Ship your six-year-old child or grandchild hundreds of kilometres away for the next six or seven years, to be clustered with dozens of other kids in some forlorn place and beaten, sexually assaulted and scorned. Then tell me how well your child is doing, and that this will have no effect on his or her adult years.

It may seem that the victims have done well, but those in the legal industry have also made out quite well. The national consortium of 19 major law firms was paid $46 million, and the Tony Merchant Group, based in Regina, was paid $25 million to $40 million before the victims were paid.

Other lawyers (or probably their paralegals and law students) assisting victims to file their Common Experience Payment forms received a 15 per cent fee ($4,200) from the average $28,000 payout. The CEP, for the most part, is no more complicated than a passport application.

We are talking about hundreds of millions, solely in legal fees. Thank the last two Liberal and current Conservative governments for looking after their friends and associates.

 

DON HALLIGAN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 28, 2012 A16

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