A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court justice has denied an application to force those at the centre of a class action lawsuit on moose-vehicle accidents to enter mediation.
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Lawyer Ches Crosbie speaks to reporters at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John's on Friday.
Justice Valerie Marshall said Friday it was made clear that issues pertaining to the case would not get settled through mediation, as lawyers representing the province would need to make concessions they have not shown a willingness to make.
St. John’s lawyer Ches Crosbie is attempting to hold government responsible for injuries to people involved in collisions with moose on its highways. He said mediation would allow both parties to explore issues relevant to the case with a third party present to help provide clarity.
But government lawyer Peter Ralph argued that mediation would not make efficient use of resources being applied to the case.
After court concluded, Crosbie told reporters he hopes Premier Tom Marshall, who was sworn into the position this morning, will find a way to deal with his class action suit prior to trial. He said the trial will include embarrassing revelations concerning government.
Crosbie added he is uncertain whether former premier Kathy Dunderdale, who was subpoenaed last year and announced her resignation Wednesday, will be forced to testify in the case. That will depend on disclosure from the province he is still waiting to receive.
The two-week trial is scheduled to begin on April 1.
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