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Police during G20 Toronto Protest

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved the G20 mass arrests settlement in two class action lawsuits providing compensation of up to $16,000 to Class Members.

If you were arrested or detained during the G20 Summit Toronto protests in June 2010, you may be a Class Member in one of the two class action lawsuits launched over the wrongful detention or arrest of protestors. However, you must submit your claim form before Feb. 16, 2021 to receive compensation.

Two G20 Mass Arrests Class Action Lawsuits Settled

Class Members in the first G20 mass arrests class action lawsuit, Taylor v. Toronto Police Services Board, are those who were arrested and then imprisoned in the detention centre beginning on June 26 or 27, 2010.

Class Members included in the second class action lawsuit, Good v. Toronto Police Services Board, are those individuals who were:

  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre on the Esplanade on the evening of June 26, 2010, and eventually released without charge;
  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the Eastern Avenue Detention Centre on the morning of June 27, 2010, and eventually released without charge;
  • Arrested at the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union Gymnasium on the morning of June 27, 2010;
  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue on the afternoon of June 27, 2010, and eventually released without charge; or
  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Street West and Noble Street on June 27, 2010, and eventually released without charge.

The class action lawsuits were launched in August 2010 following the G20 Summit protests and eventual mass arrests. Both class actions assert claims for the alleged wrongful mass arrest of various groups of protestors and others by the Toronto Police Services Board and for the subsequent wrongful detention of many of those arrested.

One Thousand Arrested During G20 Summit Toronto Protests

On June 26 and 27, 2010, Toronto hosted world leaders during the G20 Summit. Many public demonstrations took place to address global issues like poverty, climate change and globalization. Although most of the protests were peaceful, some deliberate vandalism accompanied the demonstrations.

In response, police reportedly encircled large groups of protestors in downtown Toronto and kept them there for hours. Over 1,000 protestors were reportedly arrested. Many were subsequently transferred to a temporary detention centre. Ontario’s Ombudsman at the time reportedly called the mass arrests “the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history.”

Over a decade after the class actions were filed, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved the settlement.

The class action settlement is a compromise of disputed claims and is not an admission of liability or wrongdoing by the defendant.

What Does The G20 Mass Arrests Settlement Provide?

The G20 mass arrests class action lawsuit settlement provides for monetary as well as non-monetary relief. Eligible Class Members may be entitled to compensation ranging from $5,000 to $16,000 depending on the subclass. There are five subclasses (Esplanade, Eastern Avenue, Gymnasium, Queen and Spadina, or Parkdale).

Class Members who are a member of one of the five subclasses and who were also taken to and detained in the detention centre are eligible for an additional amount.

In addition to financial compensation amounts to individual Class Members, the settlement includes a number of other remedies, including a program to expunge Class Members’ police records arising from June 2010, a public statement and acknowledgement by Toronto Police Services regarding the events of June 2010 and a public commitment by Toronto Police Services towards various detailed measures and improvements regarding policing of future public demonstrations.

The deadline to object to the class action settlement passed on Oct. 5, 2020.

Who’s Eligible

The Class Members in in the first G20 mass arrest class action lawsuit, Taylor v. Toronto Police Services Board, are those who were arrested and then imprisoned in the detention centre beginning on June 26 or 27, 2010.

Class Members included in the second class action lawsuit, Good v. Toronto Police Services Board, are those individuals who were:

  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre on the Esplanade on the evening of June 26, 2010, and eventually released without charge;
  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the Eastern Avenue Detention Centre on the morning of June 27, 2010, and eventually released without charge;
  • Arrested at the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union Gymnasium on the morning of June 27, 2010;
  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue on the afternoon of June 27, 2010, and eventually released without charge; or
  • Arrested or subjected to mass detention in a police cordon in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Street West and Noble Street on June 27, 2010, and eventually released without charge.

It is possible to be a Class Member in both class actions.

Potential Award

Up to $16,000.

The amount of financial compensation that individual Class Members may be eligible to receive depends on their subclass.

Class Members who are a member of one of the five subclasses and who were also taken to and detained in the detention centre are eligible for two amounts, which may exceed $16,000.

In addition to financial compensation, Class Members may be eligible for a number of other and “public interest” remedies.

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

2/16/2021

Case Name

Sherry Good v. Toronto Police Services Board, Case No. CV-10-408131 00CP and Thomas Howard Taylor v. Toronto Police Services Board, Case No. CV-15-524523 00CP, in the Ontario Court of Justice, Canada.

Final Hearing

10/19/2020

Claims Administrator

Epiq Class Action Services Canada Inc.
Toronto G20 Summit Class Actions Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 507 STN B
Ottawa ON K1P 5P6
Email: info@G-20classactionsettlement.ca
Tel: 1-833-683-5856
Fax: 1-866-262-0816

Class Counsel

KLIPPENSTEINS BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS

Defense Counsel

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS S.R.L.

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