Canadian court approves C$23M settlement in Sunrise Propane explosion lawsuit
12 August 2014
On August 7 an Ontario superior court judge approved a C$23-million settlement for a class-action lawsuit launched by residents in the Toronto suburb of North York who were affected by the 2008 Sunrise Propane explosion. About 6,500 people will share in the settlement. After six years of legal work, a deal was reached last month to avoid lengthy litigation.
Those who were seriously injured could be entitled to tens of thousands of dollars, while others could be compensated only about C$200 for being forced out of their homes for the night.
A large part of the money will go to the province for healthcare and legal costs.
The explosion happened on Aug. 10, 2008, as a Sunrise Propane worker was doing a tank-to-tank transfer. He was killed, and a responding firefighter had a heart attack and died.
Sentencing begins in October for the company’s directors, Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov, who were found guilty of nine provincial offences.