Estate of A. Gerard Buote and David White v. Her Majesty the Queen, Court File No. T-889-08.
Under the terms of the Great West Life LTD Plan, a disabled former RCMP member’s long term disability benefits were reduced by the amount of their Pension Act disability pension (the “Offset”). The Plaintiffs, A. Gerard Buote and David White, brought this class action to challenge the legality of the Offset.
On August 5, 2014, the Court approved an agreement between the Plaintiffs and the Defendant setting out how the Offset should end, how past Offset amounts should be refunded, and other key details (the “Agreement”). The Court’s decision is available at www.rcmpltdclassaction.com.
You have been identified by Great West Life as a member of the Class. The Agreement affects your rights.
The Court approved the following definition of the Class:
In summary, the Agreement provides for the following:
The full terms of the Agreement are available at www.rcmpltdclassaction.com.
You do not have to do anything to make a claim.
By February 5, 2015 Great West Life will calculate your refund automatically and will provide the necessary information and funds to McInnes Cooper. Your refund, less the legal deduction, will be sent to you by McInnes Cooper by registered mail.
Please review your refund carefully and contact McInnes Cooper if you have any questions or concerns.
If you do not want to take part in the action, you have to opt out. But if you opt out, you will not get any refund under the Agreement. If you still want to opt out, you must contact McInnes Cooper. They will explain the process to you, and provide you with the required form. The required form to opt out has to be delivered to McInnes Cooper by October 14, 2014.
There will be an amount withheld from the Refund for taxes.
There will be an approximate 9% deduction for legal fees, sales taxes and expenses, but these amounts are tax deductible.
Finally, if you owe Great West Life money for any other reason, this amount will be deducted.
For more information, please contact McInnes Cooper at:
(902) 444-8417 (English)
(506) 877-0831 (French)
RCMP Class Action
PO Box 730, Halifax, NS