In a rare move, advance costs have been awarded in a class action against the Government of Alberta and Métis Settlements Child and Family Services.
“On the merits, I thought this was one of the strongest cases that could be put forward for advance costs,” says Robert Lee, a victims’ rights lawyer at Robert P. Lee PC in Edmonton and counsel for the plaintiffs in the class action. “I anticipated we would win, but you never know. It was pretty stressful when I received the decision because the stakes were so tremendously high.”
On Feb. 10, the decision in LC v. Alberta was released, the latest in a string of cases dealing with claims that the government in that province — in particular, its child services branch — failed to file care plans in a timely way or, in some cases, at all for children in government care under temporary guardianship orders.