CPRI Class Action
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A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against the Province of Ontario on behalf of individuals admitted as inpatients to the Child and Parent Resource Institute (“CPRI”) in London, Ontario. The action was certified as a class proceeding on December 22, 2016.
The class consists of persons who were admitted to CPRI as inpatients during the period from September 1, 1963, until July 1, 2011, exclusive of any time for which an individual was an inpatient and resided in the Glenhurst or Pratten 1 units, and who were alive as of February 22, 2014. This settlement is conditional on the approval of the Court.
The lawsuit alleged that between 1963 and 2011, the inpatients at CPRI suffered various harms, including injuries resulting from the wrongful acts of their peers, and that the Province owed a duty to supervise and failed to adequately ensure the safety of those individuals admitted. The Province denies these claims and a Court has not decided whether the Class or the Province is right. Instead, both sides have agreed to a settlement.
A virtual settlement approval hearing will be held by the Court on June 23, 2021. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the Class, and whether to approve the Settlement Agreement. More information about the hearing is available here.
If the Settlement Agreement is approved by the Court, it will provide a claims process through which eligible class members may make a claim for compensation. There is no money available at this time. The claims process has not started. More information on how to make a claim will be available if the proposed settlement is approved.
What are your legal rights and options at this time?
1. Do nothing
If you support the settlement agreement, you do not have to do anything right now. Please note that by doing nothing you will give up any right to object to the settlement.
2. Object to the proposed settlement
If you do not wish to attend the hearing, but you would like to explain why you object to the settlement, you can complete an Objection Form available here. This form will include your name, address, and the reasons why you do not support the settlement.
You must mail this Form to Epiq Class Action Services Canada Inc., Attention: CPRI Class Action, PO Box 507 STN B, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5P6, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and it must be received or postmarked no later than May 26, 2021.
3. Participate at the settlement hearing
You can attend the approval hearing on June 23, 2021 to participate in the proceeding and/or voice your objection to the proposed settlement. The Court will decide if you will be permitted to make oral submissions at the time of the online hearing. However, in order to be eligible to participate, you must have completed and submitted the Objection Form setting out your reasons for objecting to the proposed settlement.
May 26, 2021
June 23, 2021
Settlement Approval Hearing