Judge approves Newfoundland residential schools settlement

The Globe and Mail

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016

An emotional, decade-long battle ended quickly Wednesday for hundreds of former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools.

After a two-day hearing, a provincial Supreme Court judge gave his expedited approval for a $50 million class-action settlement with the federal government.

“Everybody is thrilled,” said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Steven Cooper.

“You have to remember that when we started this claim, we said it was worth $50 million. Well guess what, we settled for $50 million. That doesn’t happen very often in litigation.”

The settlement was reached in May, but required Justice Robert Stack’s approval before any money could be paid out. Because of his expedited ruling Wednesday, the payment process can begin once the 30-day appeal period ends.

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