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Post  Supremedebater on Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:13 pm

Settlement Approval Hearing Scheduled for February 14 & 15, 2013, in Halifax
Dec 14, 2012


Dear Class Members:

We are pleased to report that negotiations with the Department of Justice have concluded as of Tuesday, December 4, 2012, with face to face meetings in Ottawa. Notice of the proposed settlement will be reviewed by the Court on January 9, 2013 and, if approved, promptly provided to Class Members. The settlement approval hearing is scheduled to be heard in the Federal Court in Halifax on February 14 & 15, 2013.

We are also pleased to advise that additional individuals were identified as “zero sum” recipients. This group is comprised of those “zero sum” individuals who did not submit evidence of continued total and permanent disability after 24 months. These individuals will receive correspondence from Manulife Financial advising them to submit medical and/or financial information.

In closing, we acknowledge the length of time that it has taken to arrive at the final resolution of this case, but we assure you that it was necessary, unavoidable and reasonable given the breadth of issues that were under discussion. There are significant administrative challenges in resolving an issue that affects so many people and that has existed since 1976. We, as counsel to the class, are very pleased with where we are in the negotiations and the process going forward. As the negotiations are complete, the Court must now approve the manner in which the proposed settlement is communicated to the Class. We therefore cannot outline the terms of the proposed resolution until the Court permits us to do so at the January 9, 2013, hearing. We look forward to being able to share the proposed resolution with you in January.

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