This is a proposed class action lawsuit seeking compensation for the harms and losses experienced by the residents, businesses, and workers in downtown Ottawa due to the Freedom Convoy occupation.
The proposed representative plaintiffs and subclasses are:
Those who contributed to or actively supported the Freedom Convoy are excluded from the class.
This case alleges the following:
The proposed class includes the residents, businesses and employees working in the area of downtown Ottawa referred to as the “Occupation Zone”, shown on the map below:
If you live, work or do business in this zone, you will automatically be part of the proposed class action unless you contributed to or actively supported the convoy, or if you opt out of the class action.
For more information please contact (604) 697-2481 or Amy Mileusnic by email at [email protected].
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted the plaintiff’s motion for an interlocutory injunction to prevent Freedom Convoy participants from using air horns or train horns in the area of downtown Ottawa on February 7th, 2022. The injunction was extended for another 60 days on February 16, 2022.
On February 17, 2022, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a Mareva injunction to prevent some of the Defendants from using or dissipating funds collected to support the Freedom Convoy. The Mareva injunction has since been replaced by a preservation order. Undistributed funds raised to support the convoy are currently frozen under this court order.
On March 13, 2023, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted the plaintiffs’ motion for leave to file a Further Fresh as Amended Statement of Claim. The Further Fresh as Amended Statement of Claim adds particulars and expand the area of downtown Ottawa included in the Occupation Zone and covered by the lawsuit. The Further Fresh as Amended Statement of Claim also adds several defendants, including defendants that would serve as representatives for all owners and operators of semi-trucks who participated in the Freedom Convoy and for all those who donated to the Freedom Convoy after February 4, 2022.
At the same time that the Court granted the plaintiffs’ motion to amend, the Court also largely dismissed a motion brought by some of the defendants to strike the plaintiffs’ claims against them.