Update – On December 14, 2022, following a 9-month-long liability trial, the Quebec Superior Court of Justice issued a judgment in this case. Judgment was granted against the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Canada Company, and denied against Canadian Pacific Railway.
The full judgment is available here: https://canlii.ca/t/jtj09.
The Plaintiffs have filed a Notice of Appeal in respect of this trial judgment.
Update – December 11, 2017: Class action joined with the actions launched by the Attorney General of Quebec and certain insurers. The combined proceeding is divided into two stages. The question of liability will be dealt with at the initial stage. If appropriate, the question of damages will be decided subsequently.
Update – May 8, 2015 and October 24, 2016: Plaintiffs’ motions for authorization granted. Case is authorized to proceed as a class action against the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Montreal Maine & Atlantic Canada Company and Thomas Harding.
Update – November 7, 2013: Victims Demand “Big Oil” Take Responsibility for Explosion: Marathon Oil Corporation and Slawson Exploration Added as Respondents
Update – September 19, 2013: Quebec government reassures victims of Lac Mégantic tragedy that they will be priority beneficiaries of any future recovery in US Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceedings for the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway:
Update – August 16, 2013: CP Rail, Union Tank, Trinity Industries, GE Railcar Services and Western Petroleum Implicated in the Lac-Mégantic Class Proceeding
Update – July 15, 2013: Lac-Mégantic Attorney and Rochon Genova file Class Action Motion for Authorization on Behalf of Victims and Families Following Devastating Train Derailment