Ontario judge declines to certify class action for G20 detainees

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TORONTO - An Ontario judge has ruled that hundreds of people detained during the G20 summit three years ago can't sue as a group.

The $45-million proposed class action lawsuit was spearheaded by Sherry Good, a 51-year-old office administrator who says she was corralled by cops for four hours when police in riot gear used a tactic called kettling.

But today a judge ruled that it can't proceed as a class action, saying its "broad, sweeping nature" is problematic.

A statement from lawyer Murray Klippenstein's office says they will appeal the decision.

More than 1,000 people were detained by police that weekend 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.

Geographic location: Ontario, TORONTO

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