On April 23, 2015, the parties executed a settlement agreement (the “Global Settlement Agreement”) to resolve the litigation in its entirety. The Global Settlement Agreement provides for XL Foods to pay CDN $4 million (the “Settlement Amount”) to resolve claims relating to:
economic loss suffered by class members as a result of having purchased Recalled XL Beef and/or beef that cannot be positively identified as not being Recalled XL Beef (“Unidentifiable Beef”);
personal injuries suffered by class members as a result of having consumed Recalled XL Beef; and
claims by Canadian provincial health care providers in relation expenses that they incurred in treating personal injuries suffered by class members as a result of having consumed Recalled XL Beef.
In return for the Settlement Amount, XL Foods will receive releases and the class action will be dismissed. The Global Settlement Agreement is a compromise of disputed claims and is not an admission of liability, wrongdoing or fault on the part of XL Foods who has denied, and continues to deny, the allegations made against it.
The Global Settlement Agreement was approved by the Alberta court on September 23, 2015 as being fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of class members.
March 6, 2019 - The Court issued orders with respect to appeals that were filed by 12 claimants. The court has set a deadline of April 6th for any requests for a further review by the 12 - assuming there are no review requests by one of the 12, the Claims Administrator will be issuing cheques in April.
January 15, 2019 - The court appointed referee has now issued decisions on the 12 appeals that were filed. The deadline for a party seeking a review of an appeal decision is February 7, 2019. If no review applications are filed, the Claims Administrator will issue cheques thereafter.
October 25, 2018 - The Court is working on the appeal decisions. There is no updated timeline for when the decisions will be issued. Thank you for your patience.
July 9, 2018 - The appeal decisions remain pending at this time. We do not have an estimated time which we can provide in terms of the expected date for receipt of the appeal decisions. A further update will be posted as soon as we have more information. Thanks for your patience.