February 9, 2012.
Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP, together with other leading Canadian law firms, acted for the plaintiffs in coordinated class action lawsuits brought against Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc. for the distribution in 2008 of meat products contaminated with the potentially deadly bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The time (Claims Period) for submitting a claim form ended on November 2, 2009. Under this settlement the defendants paid between $25 and $27 million in full satisfaction of individual claims, subrogated claims by provincial health insurers who paid for victims' medical care, class counsel fees and expenses, and administration and related costs. The settlement process has now been finalized and implemented. The process was completed in early 2012.