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Notice of Certification: Manuge et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen (Court File No. T-119-19)

Are you a member or former member of the Canadian Armed Forces or Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Are you the spouse, common-law partner, dependant, orphan, or survivor of a CAF or RCMP member? Did you receive, at any time between 2002 and present, a disability pension, disability award, or other benefit administered by Veterans Affairs Canada?

If so, you may be a class member in a class action lawsuit that has now been certified by the Federal Court.

In 2018, Veterans Affairs Canada issued a statement in response to a discrepancy in the calculation of disability pension adjustment rates. Corrective payments began in September 2019 and continue to be issued. However, the class action alleges that further amounts are owing to class members, including those flowing from other alleged miscalculations.

Class members are automatically included in the class action and will be bound by any judgment or settlement of the action, unless they take steps to exclude themselves (opt out) by October 28, 2021. If you want to stay in the class action, do nothing.

If you opt out, you will not be part of the lawsuit and you will not be able to share in any money or any other benefit obtained for the class if the lawsuit is successful. If you wish to pursue your claim on your own, you will have to retain a lawyer at your own expense.

Class members do not need to pay for legal fees. If the action succeeds, class counsel will be paid at their regular hourly rate for amounts recovered up to $165 million, and up to 30% of any amounts recovered in excess of that amount. Any legal fees, as well as any ultimate settlement amount, must first be approved by the Federal Court.

The lawyers for the class are: Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (Toronto); Michel Drapeau Law Office (Ottawa); Murphy Battista LLP (Kelowna and Vancouver); Koskie Minsky LLP (Toronto); McInnes Cooper (Halifax). To learn more about the class action, including whether you might be a class member or how to opt out, please visit www.vetspensionerror.ca. Any questions about the class action can be sent to info@vetspensionerror.ca

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