Another fire...another lawsuit!
KINGSVILLE, Ont. (CP) - A multimillion-dollar class-action
lawsuit is being launched against the owners and tenants of a
10,200-square-metre industrial facility that was destroyed in a
spectacular three-day fire.
This southwestern Ontario town itself is a potential target,
said lawyer Harvey Strosberg.
"It's too early to speculate on that. ... We don't rule anyone
or anybody out," said Strosberg.
One of his clients is organic farmer Jim Ludwig, who is worried
the fallout from the black soot that poured out of the burning
plastics plant for several days could put him out of business for
Ludwig, who is also a professional toxicologist, has taken
samples to be analysed, and said if tests turn up toxic levels of
contamination, he could lose this year's produce and the next three
years' worth of crops as he tries to regain his farm's organic
Of his decision to hire a lawyer, Ludwig said: "I don't see how
I have any choice - if I lose my capacity to produce, I lose my
The fire marshal's office is investigating the blaze, suspected
to have started in the warehouse section of Horti-Pak Inc., which
took up the bulk of the facility.
The town lists the registered owner as a numbered company,
1099029 Ontario Ltd., with Hercules Tool & Mould and a trucking
company, Transflex, sharing the building with Horti-Pak.
Strosberg said residents were inconvenienced by two evacuations
and now face property damage, cleanup costs and worries over
potential toxic effects.
Businesses forced to shut incurred losses, and crops are now
threatened, he added.
More than 2,000 residents were forced to abandon their homes
last Saturday afternoon.
The fire had been burning since Thursday night.
They were allowed to return home on Sunday afternoon.
Provincial health, environment and agriculture officials are all
investigating the potential human and environmental consequences of
the fire. (Windsor Star)
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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Thread: Oh....Canada Lawsuit
06-25-2002, 03:22 AM #1
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06-25-2002, 09:11 AM #2
I can see it now....
The "sue everyone you can" mentality has now crossed the border. In addition to the building owners and tenants being sued, I can see the town being sued, because they allowed this type of facility to be built within it's borders. I can see them suing the Fire Department for not putting out the fire in time. I can see them suing the people who supply the raw materials for whatever was manufactured there, the trucking companies who deliver the products there, etc. etc. etc...."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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06-25-2002, 09:50 AM #3
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If this type of suit gets anywhere in the Canadian Court System, I hope or friends up north are ready for their cost of living to go up as everyone goes into "cya" mode.Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
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06-25-2002, 12:07 PM #4
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Interesting problem and thoughts here. If the law suit does go through and they do go after the town, depending on it's actual size and what other income there might be in the area, that could close the town.
I can appreciate the implications here, but then if this goes through, it will open up the door for many many more such law suits, and that will make life very miserable. As CJ stated, there goes the cost of living.If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)
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06-29-2002, 12:27 PM #5
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The lawyres will like this, think of the potential
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06-29-2002, 09:41 PM #6
Myron, Here is one lawyer who doesn't. I've been a civil litigation lawyer for almost 30 years defending and fighting the trend to these type of law suits. Believe me, the Trial Lawyers have won this battle and it's all down hill from here. If the public only knew the real status of their Institutions, including their Legal system, there would be a revolution in this country. Maybe the current financial debacle will stir some concern but I doubt it.Bob Compton
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06-30-2002, 11:28 AM #7I've been a civil litigation lawyer for almost 30 years defending and fighting the trend to these type of law suits...If the public only knew the real status of their Institutions, including their Legal system, there would be a revolution in this country.I would...but no!
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