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G20 class-action lawsuit to move ahead

Suit stalled last year, found to be too broad in scope

An Ontario court is allowing hundreds of people detained during the G20 summit in Toronto four years ago to proceed with a class-action lawsuit.

The suit was stalled last year when a judge ruled it couldn't proceed as a class action because its "broad, sweeping nature" was viewed as problematic.

But a Divisional Court panel hearing an appeal of that ruling has now cleared the way for the suit to move forward.

In a unanimous decision, Justice Ian Nordheimer wrote on behalf of the panel that police actions alleged in the suit, if proven, would have "violated a basic tenet of how police in a free and democratic society are expected to conduct themselves."

More than 1,000 people were detained by police during the G20 summit in June 2010 after protesters using so-called Black Bloc tactics broke away from a peaceful rally and ran through the downtown, smashing windows and burning police cruisers.

The vast majority of those detained were released without charge within 24 hours.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 08/07/2014 05:30 PM
    FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS
  2. Jack posted on 08/07/2014 06:07 PM
    The only valid G20-related class-action suit would be one filed by the business owners of Toronto against the anarchist scum who were doing their best to destroy everything in sight. Everything else should be thrown out of court.

    If you don't want to get clubbed in the head by a police officer, don't participate in a riot.
    1. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/09/2014 01:02 PM
      @Jack Or innocently walk down a public street, either. Remember, treat Toronto as a police state the way Jack does.
    2. Jack posted on 08/09/2014 01:31 PM
      @MarkFromEtobicoke It's funny that what an ordinary person calls "obeying the law" and "respecting other people's safety", you call an oppressive police state. It really speaks to your state of mind.
    3. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/11/2014 01:18 PM
      @Jack Well I'm taking about the "Kettling" incidence on the Sunday of the G-20 when plenty of by-standers were scooped up.
    4. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/11/2014 01:19 PM
      @Jack I'm talking about the "kettling" incident on the Sunday of the G-20 when plenty of by-standers going about their lawful business were scooped up.
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