CVA Situation Report. SISIP– Settlement-Legal Fees Hearing/Feb 14. Halifax, Nova Scotia
Be advised that the SISIP proceedings are drawing to a close, if all goes as expected on the 14th of February, the thousands of veterans who have been financially persecuted will be accorded the justice they so justly deserve in the near future.
I am aware of a movement that is contesting the legal fee aspect of the situation so I would like to take the opportunity to clarify the Canadian Veterans Advocacy’s position on this issue.
CVA Transparency. Be advised that I have a vested interest. I have been a claw back victim since the early 90’s and as a totally disabled veteran the settlement will be significant. Based on the percentage ratio of legal fee settlement, I will be contributing a substantial amount of money to the legal team that brought us this far.
While dissatisfied that the government would place the burden of legal fees on the disabled veterans as a part of the settlement, I am aware that many, many veterans quality of life improvements are dependent on an expedient resolution and that many are adverse to returning to the courts as a consequence of the legal fee determination.
Of course, I naively believed that if we won, the government of Canada would do the honourable thing and, having settled in veterans favour, the government would be accorded the costs of all legal fees. It is important to note that veterans were only seeking justice, there were no damages requested, as such, the SIXTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS of legal fees will be deducted from the veterans retro-active disability payments, Does this sound fair to you?
It should be noted that the 30% legal fees initially requested have been reduced almost by half to 17.5% approximately 65 million dollars.
I would encourage all veterans affected by the class action suit, pro and con, residing in Nova Scotia to attend the hearing on the fourteenth and offer Dennis your support and/or express your displeasure.
The Canadians Veterans Advocacy will address the Conservative government’s policy of forcing Canada’s disabled sons and daughters veterans to pay 65 million dollars of illegally withheld LTC disability payments for legal fees as we progress in this years advocacy.
Lest we forget.
Mike, Pres CVA 905 357 3306 // 905 359 9247
Dear Class Members:
Update: The February 14, 2013 hearing for settlement and legal fee approval will now be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre (1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS) beginning at 10:00 am.
Please go to www.leavenovetbehind.ca for further information.
SISIP Class Action Team