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Court Approval Granted to the Alberta Settlement

On March 10, 2008, Justice Ouellette of the Court of Queens Bench of Alberta granted approval to the Settlement reached with the Alberta Government. A copy of the Notice as a PDF in either English or French can be downloaded here.

Settlement Reached with Government of Alberta

We are pleased to advise that settlement has been reached with the Government of Alberta to compensate individuals infected with Hepatitis C as a result of a blood transfusion received in the Province of Alberta during the period prior to January 1, 1986, and the period from July 2, 1990, to September 28, 1998.

The settlement itself is subject to Court approval for which a hearing will be held at the Edmonton Law Courts Building on March 10, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

  • The Notice of the Settlement Approval Hearing can be downloaded here: Notice

Settlement Reached with Government of Canada

As many of you are aware, we have been working for several years seeking compensation for the victims of tainted blood infected with Hepatitis C prior to 1986 and after July 1, 1990.

We are pleased to announce that a Settlement Agreement has been reached with the Federal Government whereby approximately $1 billion in compensation will be made available to the victims of this tragedy.

The settlement itself is subject to Court approval for which hearings will be set in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec in the spring of 2007. The hearing dates in Alberta are February 28, March 1 and March 2, 2007.

  • The Settlement Agreement can be downloaded here: Settlement Agreement
  • The Notice of the certification and settlement hearing can be downloaded here: Notice

We will continue to seek compensation for the victims of Hepatitis C received through tainted blood from the Provinces who have not contributed to this latest settlement.

Background

As many of you may be aware, in 1993 the Kreever commission was set up by the Federal Government to investigate the issue of tainted blood and the procedures used by the Red Cross in administering blood products in Canada. The Kreever Commission recommended that all Canadians who were infected with Hepatitis C through tainted blood be compensated.

The first successful class action lawsuit limited compensation to those individuals infected from 1986 to 1990, thus creating the “window period” class of January 1, 1986, to July 1, 1990.

In 1999 the Federal Government introduced a benefits package for those individuals who contracted Hepatitis C through tainted blood transfusions during the “window period”.

“Equality and quality of life for all”

Based on the recommendations from the Kreever Commission, the law firm of Kolthammer Batchelor & Laidlaw LLP felt that these benefits should be available to all Canadians infected with Hepatitis C through tainted blood, and not just a select few. The spirit behind our lawsuit, based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, is equality and quality of life for all. A benefit given to one should be given to all.

Thus, in 1999 we commenced our own class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta to claim equal benefits under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for all individuals who have contracted Hepatitis C through blood transfusions, resulting in the new settlement with the Federal Government.

This lawsuit is not limited to Albertans. Individuals in every Province and Territory in Canada can register with our office to protect their rights and have their names included in this class.

Meet Our Legal Team

C. Kenneth W. Kolthammer
Lawyer
Ken Kolthammer has been practicing law for over 45 years and has extensive experience in motor vehicle personal injury and litigation.
Brian J. Laidlaw
Lawyer
Brian Laidlaw has been practicing law in Edmonton since 1996. Brian is extensively involved in the tainted blood class action litigation against the Federal Government, and lead negotiator for the Plaintiffs’ Group in the tainted blood settlement with the Provincial Government for Hepatitis C victims.
Andrew F. Cao
Lawyer
Andrew Cao joined the firm in October 2012 as an associate and was admitted as a Partner of KBL Law LLP in January 2020. Andrew has extensive experience in real estate transactions and wills & estates.
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Reshma Bhambhani
Lawyer
Reshma Bhambhani attended law school at the University of Ottawa and completed her articles in Edmonton. Reshma was called to the bar in June 2014 and joined the firm as an associate in June 2015. Reshma was admitted as a Partner of KBL Law LLP in January 2020.
James Arendt
Lawyer
James attended law school at the University of Newcastle in Australia and was admitted as a solicitor in the state of New South Wales in 2017. James was called to the Alberta Bar in 2019 after completing his articles in Edmonton.