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Month: July 2020

Class action settled!

$2.9 Million Settlement Reached in Primary Response Class Action!

Kionna Horner and Goldblatt Partners LLP are pleased to announce that the parties have reached a settlement in the proposed unpaid wages and unlawful deductions class action, Horner v. Primary Response Inc. et al.

Pursuant to the settlement, which is subject to court approval, Primary Response Inc. (“Primary Response”) and Garda Canada Security Corporation (“Garda”) will consent to the certification of the class action, and Primary Response will pay $2.9 million to the class members, inclusive of legal fees, disbursements, administrative expenses and an honorarium to the plaintiff. The settlement was reached following a two-day mediation between the parties with experienced mediator William Kaplan.

The class action was launched in August 2018. It concerns alleged historical wrongdoing spanning from February 27, 2011 to January 15, 2018, the effective date of the purchase of Primary Response by Garda.  As a result of the purchase, the former Primary Response employees became an accretion to the bargaining unit covered by Garda’s collective agreement with the United Steelworkers.

The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will fully and finally resolve the Primary Response class action. Once approved by the court, the settlement funds will be distributed to the class members for the historical claims arising during the class period.

The settlement agreement reached by the parties is available here.

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