This case was heard in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
A group of plaintiffs from Sydney, Nova Scotia initiated legal proceedings against Ispat Sidbec Inc. ("Ispat"), Hawker Siddeley Canada Inc. ("Hawker"), Domtar Inc. ("Domtar"), the Province of Nova Scotia, the Canadian National Railway Company, and the federal Crown, in a complex case that alleged property contamination, environmental hazards, and health concerns resulting from the operation of coke ovens, a steel plant, and related industrial facilities in Sydney.
Over the course of several legal proceedings, the plaintiffs restructured their case until it took on its final shape as a class action claim against Sydney Steel Corporation, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the federal Crown. The plaintiffs applied for class action certification, and in order to grant them that certification the Court had to determine whether the plaintiffs met the requirements listed in Nova Scotia’s Class Proceedings Act.
After the Court decided that the plaintiffs had met the requirements, this further decision was required to determine the costs and disbursements that the plaintiffs could recover from the Province of Nova Scotia and the federal Crown.
To read related decisions by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, go to MacQueen v. Sydney Steel Corporation, 2011 NSSC 484 (CanLII) and MacQueen v. Sydney Steel Corporation, 2013 NSSC 442 (CanLII).
To read about this case in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, go to Canada (Attorney General) v. MacQueen, 2013 NSCA 143 (CanLII), Canada (Attorney General) v. MacQueen, 2014 NSCA 96 (CanLII), Sydney Steel Corporation v. MacQueen, 2013 NSCA 5 (CanLII), MacQueen v. Canada (Attorney General), 2014 NSCA 73 (CanLII), and Sydney Steel Corporation v. MacQueen, 2012 NSCA 78 (CanLII).
To read about further appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada, go to Neila Catherine MacQueen, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., 2015 CanLII 17890 (SCC) and Neila Catherine MacQueen, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., 2015 CanLII 1219 (SCC).