On August 27, 2021, the citizens group called “Action4Canada” lead by Tanya Gaw, along with 18 other plaintiffs filed a Statement of Claim against many government offices and individuals in response to Covid measures. The case that was heard on May 31, 2022, was struck down in its entirety by Justice A. Ross in a ruling dated August 29, 2022.
The group of 19 plaintiffs, ranging from private citizens to businesses, the citizens organization and one estate were represented by Toronto lawyer and founder of the Constitutional Rights Centre, Rocco Galati. While a typical Statement of Claim is usually no more than 50 pages, the one prepared by Galati weighed in at a wrist-bending 391 pages. The sheer magnitude of the filing alone appears to have led to the immediate downfall of the case.
In 2021, at least one group was quick to criticize Galati’s filing such as this article by Canuck Law. Citing procedural failures, the article concludes that the Statement of Claim was fatally flawed and would never make it to trial. It would appear their prediction was correct.
The August 29, 2022 Ruling by Justice A. Ross concludes the following. (Emphasis ours)
This is a hard blow for the citizens and businesses that put their trust in Galati.
The ruling identifies eight (8) different corporate lawyers that were retained by the various defendants, all of which prepared for and took part in the application. The potential costs of this ruling could be staggering. It would not be unrealistic to see this final number land in the seven figures. It is unknown at this time if the plaintiffs plan to appeal this ruling.