Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Court Authorizes Class Action Suit over Deaths from Legionnaire's Disease

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Court Authorizes Class Action Suit over Deaths from Legionnaire's Disease

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Court authorizes legionnaire's class action

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QUEBEC - A Quebec court has authorized a class-action suit related to an outbreak of legionnaire's disease that is believed to have contributed to 14 deaths.

The lead plaintiff is Solange Allen, whose husband, Claude Desjardins, died in August 2012 at the age of 64.

The class-action filed in Quebec Superior Court states that 167 people suffered financially from the outbreak in Quebec City.

The defendants include the Quebec Health Department and regional health officials in the provincial capital.

The plaintiffs are seeking $50,000 plus expenses for anyone who contracted the disease, $10,000 plus expenses for anyone who looked after someone with the disease, $125,000 for a surviving spouse, and $30,000 for the beneficiaries of people who died.

They also want funeral costs covered. …

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