The Superior Court of the district of Montreal has authorized the bringing of what the plaintiff’s lawyer says could be the largest environmental class action in Canadian history.
Chantal Desjardins, lawyer for Francois Deraspe, the individual representing the class, says the case is based on an incident that occurred Aug. 9, 2004 involving a toxic cloud released at a plant operated by Canadian Electrolytic Zinc in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que. ?
Individuals reportedly experienced burning eyes, throat, airways, and respiratory ailments, skin rashes, and other symptoms simultaneously with their exposure to a toxic cloud released by the plant operated by Canadian Electrolytic Zinc. In 2006, Canadian Electrolytic Zinc was acquired by Xstrata, the fourth largest diversified mining company in the world.