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Federal Court rules in favour of injured veteran's class-action suit

Last Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 6:46 pm EDT

A Canadian flag sits on a members of Canadian forces that are leaving from CFB Trenton, in Trenton, Ont., on Oct. 16, 2014. Thousands of injured veterans could be in line for payments from the federal government after the Federal Court ruled in favour of a former special-forces soldier whose class-action lawsuit alleged he was shortchanged on his long-term disability payments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

OTTAWA — Thousands of injured veterans could be in line for payments from the federal government after the Federal Court ruled in favour of a former special-forces soldier whose class-action lawsuit alleged he was shortchanged on his long-term disability payments.

Retired warrant officer Simon Logan was medically discharged from the Canadian Armed Forces in February 2016, at which point he expected to begin receiving monthly payments equalling 75 per cent of his pre-release salary of $10,665.

Yet the disability payments only accounted for his base pay as a warrant officer and did not include nearly $4,000 in monthly allowances he had received while in the Forces, most of which was because of his service as a special-forces soldier.

The omission of those allowances represented a difference of nearly $3,000 per month in Logan’s disability payments.

In his ruling, Justice Richard Southcott says monthly allowances should count in the calculation for long-term disability.

Logan’s lawyer Daniel Wallace says approximately 6,800 veterans are part of the class-action lawsuit, though he could not say how much the government could end up paying out.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 24, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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