Lawyers’ fees of $37.5 million to be split between Koskie Minsky, Merchant Law Group and Klein Lawyers.

Lawyers’ fees of $37.5 million to be split between Koskie Minsky, Merchant Law Group and Klein Lawyers.
Lawyers’ fees of $37.5 million to be split between Koskie Minsky, Merchant Law Group and Klein Lawyers.

A dozen Sixties Scoop survivors filed court action this month aimed at challenging the $37.5 million in fees awarded to three law firms involved in the Sixties Scoop settlement agreement.

The group has applied to the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver seeking to challenge a Federal Court order that approved lawyers’ fees of $37.5 million to be split between Koskie Minsky, Merchant Law Group and Klein Lawyers.

They’re arguing the change effectively amended the $875 million settlement agreement, something that should have triggered a notice to class members along with a new hearing and round of submissions.

“The amendment still has to be approved by the class; that is called due process,” said Jai Singh Sheikhupura of the Vancouver law firm Watson Goepel, who is representing the survivors.

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