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This article was published 6/11/2017 (228 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Manitoba courts have established a schedule leading up to a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit payment for First Nations evacuees flooded out in 2011
The $90-million settlement involves more than 2,000 residents.
The lawsuit passed a major hurdle in June when the Manitoba government and lawyers for the claimants reached the settlement, allowing the courts to take over. The settlement is between the evacuees, the province and the federal government.
Last weekend, the Court of Queen's Bench in Manitoba approved publication of a formal notice with dates as the settlement prepares to pay out claimants.
"The settlement must be approved by the court before benefits can be paid out,s" stated the notice which ran in the Saturday edition of the Winnipeg Free Press.
The settlement-approval hearing is set for Jan. 12, 2018. Between now and then, there is a Nov. 30 deadline for anyone who wants to opt out of the lawsuit and pursue legal action on their own or anyone who wants to comment on the suit.
The settlement is open to all members of the Pinaymootang, Little Saskatchewan, Lake St. Martin and Dauphin River first nations who were residents at the time of the 2011 flood.
The notice said it's impossible to estimate the amounts claimants will receive until the court knows exactly how many claimants there are.
The hard-fought lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind to involve such a large number of claimants. It's also unique in that it represented individuals on First Nations who lost their homes as a byproduct of actions by government to divert 2011 flood waters from major centres.
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