Federal government, disabled Mounties reach proposed settlement over benefits

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HALIFAX - Lawyers for a group of disabled RCMP officers say they have reached a settlement with the federal government over disability payments that were clawed back.

Lawyer Peter Driscoll of Halifax says the proposed class-action settlement could total $31 million, plus interest, if it's approved by the Federal Court.

The case involves about 1,000 disabled RCMP officers who had seen their long-term disability payments reduced by the amount they received every month in disability pension payments from the Veterans Affairs Department.

The proposed agreement also means the reduction would end for all RCMP veterans now receiving benefits and Mounties who are medically released in the future.

The case was launched in 2008 by Gerard Buote, but was taken over by David White after Buote died from cancer the following year.

The Federal Court is scheduled to consider approval of the settlement in Halifax on June 20 and if approved, class members could receive their refund within six months of approval.

Organizations: RCMP, Federal Court, Veterans Affairs Department David White

Geographic location: HALIFAX

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