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Tentative settlement agreement in Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children case

Tentative settlement agreement in Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children case

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This proposed settlement agreement was executed June 3. It still must be approved by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
This proposed settlement agreement was executed June 3. It still must be approved by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

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Published by: The Chronicle Herald on Jun 06, 2014
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2011 Hfx. No. 343536
SUPREME COURT OF NOVA SCOTIA
BETWEEN: JUNE ELWIN, HARRIET JOHNSON, and DEANNA SMITH PLAINTIFFS - AND
 –
 THE NOVA SCOTIA HOME FOR COLORED CHILDREN, a body corporate and THE  ATTORNEY GENERAL OF NOVA SCOTIA, representing Her Majesty the Queen in right of the Province of Nova Scotia DEFENDANTS
Proceeding under the
Class Proceedings Ac
, SNS 2007, c 28 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Executed JUNE 3, 2014
 
Contents
1 DEFINITIONS ..................................................................................................... 3 2 INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................ 6 3 SETTLEMENT APPROVAL PROCESS ............................................................. 7 4 PRELIMINARY APPROVAL MOTION ................................................................ 8 5 APPROVAL MOTION ......................................................................................... 9 6 RIGHT TO APPEAR ........................................................................................... 10 7 OBJECTIONS TO SETTLEMENT ...................................................................... 10 8 REPRESENTATION ........................................................................................... 11 9 BINDING EFFECT .............................................................................................. 11 10 APPROVAL ........................................................................................................ 11 11 OPTING OUT ..................................................................................................... 11 12 SETTLEMENT FUND ......................................................................................... 12
 
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13 COUNSEL FEES AND ADMINISTRATION FEES ............................................. 12 14 DISTRIBUTION .................................................................................................. 12 15 TERMINATION ................................................................................................... 13 16 RELEASE AND DISMISSAL .............................................................................. 14 17 NO ADMISSION OF LIABILITY .......................................................................... 15 18 MISCELLANEOUS ............................................................................................. 15 19 EFFECT OF MODIFICATION OF AGREEMENT BY COURT............................ 16 20 APPLICABLE LAW ............................................................................................. 17 21
SCHEDULE “A” –
 PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ORDER .................................... 18 22
SCHEDULE “B” –
 APPROVAL ORDER ............................................................. 21 23
SCHEDULE “C” –
 PRELIMINARY APPROVAL NOTICE ................................... 26 24
SCHEDULE “D” –
 APPROVAL NOTICE ............................................................ 28 25
SCHEDULE “
E
” –
 DISTRIBUTION PLAN ........................................................... 30 26
SCHEDULE “F” –
 OTHER ACTIONS ................................................................. 51 27
SCHEDULE “
G
” –
 OPT OUT FORM .................................................................. 64 28
SCHEDULE “
H
” –
 OPT OUT WITHDRAWAL FORM ......................................... 65
WHEREAS
 the above-noted proceeding (Court No. Hfx. 343536) was commenced in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia as a proposed class action pursuant to the
Class Proceedings Act,
S.N.S. 2007, c. 28;
AND WHEREAS
 a previous settlement agreement was reached with the Defendant, Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, approved by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court by Order dated July 11, 2013 and the Attorney General of Nova Scotia is the sole remaining Defendant in the above-noted proceeding (Court No. Hfx. 343536);
AND WHEREAS
 the Parties have reached an agreement to resolve the claims of the Representative Plaintiffs and the proposed Class Members, as memorialized in this Settlement Agreement which the Parties believe is fair, reasonable and in the best interests of the proposed Class Members;
 
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AND WHEREAS
 for the Settlement Agreement to be effective under the
Class Proceedings Act 
 the action must be certified as a class proceeding pursuant to s. 38(3) and the settlement agreement approved by the Court pursuant to s. 38(1) of the
 Act.
NOW THEREFORE
 for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:
1 DEFINITIONS
For the purpose of this agreement, defined terms have the following meanings: a.
“Action”
 means the proposed class action started by the Plaintiffs in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia bearing file number Hfx. No. 343536. b.
“Administrator”
 means
the Bruneau Group
, or some other party appointed by the Court to manage the Settlement Fund and to implement the Settlement  Agreement. c.
“Administration Fees”
 means the Court approved fees and disbursements of the Administrator. d.
“Approval Motion”
 means a motion to the Court for the Approval Order. e.
“Approval Notice”
means notice of the Approval Order in the form attached
as Schedule “
D
” to the Settlement Agreement.
 f.
“Approval Order”
 means an order issued by the Court in substantially the
form attached as Schedule “
B
” to the Set
tlement Agreement: i. Conditionally certifying the Action as a class action as against the Settling Defendant; ii. Approving the Settlement Agreement; and

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