Montreal to pay $6 million, apologize to settle protest class-action lawsuits


By Staff The Canadian Press Posted March 1, 2023 12:09 pm 5:36 Global News Morning headlines: March 1, 2023 Andrea Howick has the Global News Morning headlines for Wednesday, March 1, 2023 The Quebec Superior Court has approved a $6-million settlement that will end 16 class-action lawsuits against the City of Montreal by protesters who say their rights were violated by police. An estimated 3,119 people who were encircled by police during various protests between 2012 and 2015 and arrested or detained will be eligible for payment.The City of Montreal will also post an apology to the protesters on its website for 90 days. Trending Now The demonstrations included marches associated with students against tuition increases, as well as with number of other causes, including police brutality and a city bylaw limiting protests.Plaintiffs claimed that the indiscriminate mass detentions and arrests were illegal and prevented citizens from exercising their fundamental rights. Story continues below advertisement The settlement will be divided equally among the members of the class actions, minus legal fees and costs. &copy 2023 The Canadian Press

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