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Fisheries lawsuit certified by judge
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:28:17 AM »

Fisheries lawsuit certified by judge


A B.C. Supreme Court judge says more than 400 commercial fishermen can sue the federal government over a halibutmanagement scheme that ran in the province. Justice Susan Griffin has certified a class-action lawsuit launched by fisherman Barry Burnell against the Fisheries Department, saying it would be too expensive for individuals to pursue the case. Griffin's ruling says that under the program, the department allegedly held back 10 per cent of the total allowable catch and assigned it to a management society, which resold shares to fishermen at higher costs. It says the strategy began in 2001 but was discontinued in 2006 after the Federal Court found a similar practice on the East Coast was illegal. Griffin says she knows of no other case where a court has awarded damages for such a plan. None of the allegations have been proven in court.


By Vancouver SunFebruary 20, 2014


another SLICE of dirty fish perhaps?