PARLIAMENT STREET FIRE CLASS ACTION

 
 
1.  On August 21, 2018, a fire took place in the apartment building located at 650 Parliament Street in Toronto.

2.  The law firms of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Charney Lawyers commenced a proposed class action on behalf of the tenants of 650 Parliament Street.

3.  The fire caused significant damage to the electrical systems in the building. The residents were evacuated from their apartments and have been advised that they should expect to be displaced for several months while repairs are undertaken.  

4.  This class action will seek compensation for, among other things, lost use and enjoyment of their apartments and the costs incurred for living expenses. The action also seeks damages for physical and emotional injury, damage to property, costs of cleaning and restoration of contents, relocation expenses such as mileage, food and alternative accommodation and loss of employment income.

5.  If you were affected by the fire at 650 Parliament Street, it is very important for you to keep track of your out of pocket expenses incurred for food, travel, accommodations, purchases for clothes and other necessities.  Please keep all receipts in a secure location because they will be required later.

6.  On November 23, 2018, an urgent motion was brought before the Honourable Mr. Justice Belobaba because we were advised that some of you were being asked to sign a release in exchange for financial assistance and for terminating your tenancy. It was our opinion that you should not sign this release because it gives up any further rights that you have for compensation with respect to the fire and displacement at 650 Parliament. 

7.  As a result of our motion, counsel for the defendants agreed to no longer ask for a release from you in exchange for financial assistance until this matter can be fully argued in court. A copy of the Order dated November 23, 2018 can be viewed here.

8.  If you are asked to sign any waiver of your legal rights in exchange for any form of financial assistance, please let us know immediately. Do not sign any document without reviewing it with our office first.

9. On January 24, 2019, the court heard a motion to determine which firm will have carriage over this matter. On January 28, 2019, the court ruled in favour of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Charney Lawyers PC. A copy of the Reasons of Justice Belobaba can be viewed here.
 
10. On February 21, 2019, notice was received from Landy Marr Kats LLP that they are seeking the court’s permission to appeal from the decision of Justice Belobaba granting carriage of this action to Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Charney Lawyers PC. Landy Marr Kats LLP is also seeking an order that the appointment of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Charney Lawyers PC as the lawyers for this action be stayed (put on hold) pending the outcome of the carriage appeal. The practical effect of the order requested will be to delay any steps by counsel to move the lawsuit forward for the benefit of the class members until the court rules on the appeal. The motion for leave to appeal from the decision of Justice Belobaba will be in heard by the Divisional Court in writing.
 
11.  We will continue to keep you advised as further developments occur.

12. If you are a tenant or an insurer of a tenant who has claimed a loss, please register here.

13. If you would like to know more about how a class action works, please click here.


IMPORTANT NOTICE

This website provides general information to potential class members on a proposed class action commenced against the owners of 650 Parliament Street and others. The court will ultimately decide who will be included as a class member.

The site is not designed to answer questions about your individual situation or entitlement. Do not rely upon the information provided on this website as legal advice in respect of your individual situation nor use it as a substitute for individual legal advice.

This website is updated from time to time to provide class members with further information.

 

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Should I sign the release to enter the building?

It is our understanding that tenants who are seeking to enter the building are being asked to sign releases before they are permitted inside. We have reviewed the current form of the release and it does not limit the signer’s ability to participate in the class action. The release is trying to limit the liability of the building’s owners and management in the event that somebody gets hurt while they are in the building.

We cannot, however, provide any advice as to whether you should sign the release because we do not know what the condition of the building is at this time. It is your individual choice to decide whether you want to take the risk of entering the building under the circumstances.

Can I be required to show proof of insurance in order to continue receiving assistance?

If your lease required you to provide proof of insurance, we do not believe it is unreasonable for the defendants to require you to show proof of insurance in order to continue receiving assistance.

Am I entitled to continuing financial assistance?

Some of the defendants in the class action have provided financial assistance to some of the tenants who have been displaced. We understand that, to date, they have not required any of those tenants to contribute towards their rent. We also understand, however, that some of those tenants are now being asked to pay something towards their accommodations. In our opinion, this is not an unreasonable request, as the defendants are not required to continue to pay the entire cost of tenants’ alternative accommodations at this time.

What should I do about my expenses?

There is no need to provide us with your documentation at this time, but you may ultimately be required to submit them to claim compensation if we are successful in the class action, so please ensure that you keep track of your expenses and preserve any documentation.

To read more about how a class action works, please click here https://www.strosbergco.com/what-is-class-action/

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