1. On March 27, 2011, at approximately 8:30 a.m., an explosion took place in the building located at 168 Victoria Street South in Woodstock, Ontario (“Victoria Street”).
2. The law firms of Sutts, Strosberg LLP (now Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP) and Charney Lawyers commenced a proposed class action on behalf of individuals and their family members who are entitled to claim under s. 61 of the FLA excluding the defendants and their senior officers and employees, who on March 27, 2011:
(a) resided in an apartment or other utilizable space (a 'Unit') located at 168 Victoria Street South, in Woodstock, Ontario (the 'Building'); or
(b) rented a Unit in the Building; or
(c) were present in the Building; or
(d) owned property that was located in a Unit in the Building.
3. The explosion caused significant damage to the building. The residents of Victoria Street were evacuated and were displaced from their apartments for several months. The building was ultimately demolished. The building was later rebuilt.
4. This class action seeks compensation for, among other things, damage to the unit contents 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. On May 3, 2012, Justice Patterson certified this action as a class proceeding. Click here to view the certification order and click here to view the notice of certification can be viewed here. The time to opt out of this class action has passed.
6. The Office of the Fire Marshall delivered a report into the explosion on March 1, 2013, and an amended report on December 19, 2013. Class Counsel is in possession of the reports.
7. By order dated February 21, 2014, Justice Patterson ordered the Office of the Fire Marshall and the Woodstock Police Services to deliver certain background documents relevant to their investigations into the explosion to all counsel in the class action. Click here to review the order.
8. By order dated August 13, 2015, Justice Patterson ordered the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, the Office of the Fire Marshal, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Service and the Ministry of Labour to produce certain documents, subject to certain redactions, with respect to the Explosion. Click here to review the Order.
9. By Order dated January 21, 2016, Justice Patterson ordered the Technical Standards & Safety Authority to produce a copy of additional investigation documents and evidence and the Ontario Fire Marshal, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Centre for Forensic Sciences to produce certain documents within 45 days of the order, subject to certain privacy redactions. Click here to review the Order.
10. On July 19, 2016 the expert for the plaintiffs will be conducting testing on the natural gas supply pipe from one of the dryers. A case conference will be held on September 13, 2016.
11. If you wish to provide your information to us on-line, click on Questionnaire tab to complete a Questionnaire.
12. If you prefer, you may contact Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP toll-free at 1.800.229.5323, extension 296 or Charney Lawyers at 1.866.747.3408, extension 225.
13. If you would like to know more about how a class action works, please click here.
This website provides general information to class members on a class action commenced relating to the Woodstock explosion. The court will ultimately decide who will be included as a class member.