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Bozsik v. Livingston International Inc.

May 11, 2021

Unpaid Overtime Class Action

What the class action is about

On October 1, 2014, Goldblatt Partners LLP, Sotos LLP and Roy O’Connor LLP commenced a class action lawsuit against the defendant, Livingston International Inc. (“Livingston” or the “defendant”) for unpaid overtime.

The proposed national class action is in respect of unpaid overtime work at Livingston offices across Canada, and Livingston’s practices and policies in respect of overtime pay. The action is brought on behalf of a proposed class consisting of all current or former non-management employees of Livingston in its offices across Canada, in administrative, clerical, technical and supervisory job classifications or otherwise subject to Livingston’s overtime policy or policies.

The class action alleges that, since August 15, 2007, Livingston has failed to pay Class Members compensation for overtime worked.

Click here to read the Statement of Claim.  The allegations in the Statement of Claim have not been proven in Court.

Class action website:  livingstonintlclassaction.ca

Updates

May 11, 2021:  Second distribution of payments

The second distribution of settlement payments is expected to occur in or about the end of May 2021.

Please direct any questions to the Claims Administrator at livingstonintl@ricepoint.com.

March 23, 2021:  IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR CLASS MEMBERS:

The first distribution of settlement payments to Class Members is now complete.  T4s have been mailed to all Class Members who received payments in 2020.

Please direct any questions to the Claims Administrator at livingstonintl@ricepoint.com

February 2021: Update on Second Installment of compensation cheques

Class members please note: The second installment is expected to occur in or about April 2021.

October 19, 2020: Update on compensation cheques

As  noted below, the first instalment of compensation cheques were mailed out by July 30, 2020 to all class members who made a claim and to all class members who were current employees in the class period. A second instalment will be sent in early 2021.

July 30, 2020:  Compensation cheques have been mailed!

Compensation cheques have been mailed to all class members who made a claim and to all class members who were current employees in the class period.

July 24, 2020:  Delivery of compensation cheques

Compensation cheques are scheduled to be mailed on July 30th.

June 3, 2020:  Update on settlement fund distribution

We have been working alongside the Administrator to deliver compensation to class members who have submitted claims as soon as reasonably possible.  However, the pandemic and other events beyond our direct control have impacted this process. This includes efforts, as approved by the Court, to take additional steps in an attempt to locate various class members.

Our best estimate as to the timing for delivery of compensation to class members is 30 days. If your mailing address has changed, please contact us.

April 14, 2020:  Settlement funds to be distributed / Fonds de règlement seront distribués

The administrator and class counsel are now preparing to deliver the first distribution of settlement funds. The cheques for the first distribution should be mailed in May to the addresses that class members have provided to the administrator.

L’administrateur et l’avocat du groupe se préparent maintenant à effectuer la première distribution des fonds de règlement. Les chèques de cette première distribution devront être postés en mai aux adresses postales fournies à l’administrateur par les membres du groupe.

January 14, 2020:  Claims period has been extended

The claims period has been extended to allow for further notification of additional former employees who are members of the Class.  We expect that distribution of settlement money will begin in the early Spring.

La période de réclamation a été prolongée pour permettre un nouvel avis à des anciens employés supplémentaires, qui sont membres du Groupe. Nous prévoyons que la distribution des fonds de règlement commencera au début du printemps.

August 2, 2019:  Class members may now ask for their share of the settlement / Les membres du groupe du recours collectif peuvent maintenant demander leur part du règlement.

If you are a class member you can now ask for your share of the settlement.

Note:  You must ask for your share of the settlement by October 15, 2019, otherwise you cannot get any money from the settlement.

To complete a settlement payment form online, please go to: www.livingstonintlclassaction.ca.

You can also complete and mail in a settlement payment form, but it must be received by no later than October 15, 2019. To download a copy of the form, click here.

To read the notice about what to do, click here.

Si vous êtes un membre du groupe, vous pouvez maintenant demander votre part du règlement.

Notez bien: vous devez demander votre part du règlement avant le 15 octobre 2019, sinon vous ne pourrez pas obtenir des fonds du règlement.

Pour remplir un formulaire de paiement en ligne, veuillez vous rendre sur: www.livingstonintlclassaction.ca.

Vous pouvez également compléter et poster un formulaire de règlement, mais celui-ci doit être reçu au plus tard le 15 octobre 2019. Pour télécharger une copie du formulaire, cliquez ici.

Pour lire l’avis sur ce qu’il faut faire, cliquez ici.

 

June 21, 2019:  Court approves settlement / Le tribunal a approuvé le règlement

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved the settlement reached by the parties in this unpaid overtime class action against Livingston. This means the settlement of the class action will be going ahead. Class members cannot ask for compensation yet.

Class members will be able to ask for a share of the settlement after July 31. A distribution form and notice will be sent after July 31 to the last known address of class members. The notice will tell class members how to ask for their share of the settlement. That information will also be posted here – so if you are a member of the class, visit this page after July 31 to find out what to do.

Read the Settlement Order here.

Read the Distribution Protocol Order here. A third party administrator, RicePoint Administration Inc., has been appointed to handle the distribution of the settlement monies.

Read the Fee Approval Order here.

Le tribunal a approuvé le règlement, le protocole de distribution et les honoraires des avocats du groupe demandeur dans le présent recours collectif. Cela signifie que le règlement du recours collectif se poursuivra. Les membres du groupe ne peuvent pas encore demander de compensation.

Les membres du groupe pourront demander une part du règlement après le 31 juillet. Un formulaire de distribution et un avis seront envoyés à la dernière adresse connue des membres du groupe après le 31 juillet. L’avis indiquera aux membres du groupe comment demander leur part de le règlement. Des informations seront également affichées sur cette page Web pour indiquer aux membres de la classe quoi faire après le 31 juillet.

Pour lire l’ordonnance approuvant le règlement, cliquez ici.

Pour lire l’ordonnance approuvant le protocole de distribution, cliquez ici.

Pour lire l’ordonnance approuvant les honoraires des avocats du groupe, cliquez ici.


April 10, 2019:  The class action has been tentatively settled / Les parties ont convenu de régler ce recours collectif

The parties have agreed to settle this case for a total of $19 million (including legal fees, disbursements and the costs of administering the settlement.)

The settlement is subject to approval by the Superior Court. The settlement approval hearing will be held on June 21, 2019 at 491 Steeles Avenue East, Milton Ontario.

For more information, read the Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing here.

You can read the Settlement Agreement here.

The distribution protocol can be read here.

Les parties ont convenu de régler ce recours collectif pour une somme de 19 millions de dollars (y compris les frais juridiques, les débours et les frais associés à l’administration du règlement).

Ce règlement est sujet à l’approbation de la Cour supérieure. L’audience d’approbation du règlement aura lieu le 21 juin 2019 au 491, ave. Steeles Est, Milton, Ontario.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez consulter l’Avis d’audience d’approbation du règlement ici.

Pour lire une copie du protocole de distribution du règlement, veuillez cliquer ici.

May 9, 2017: Notice of Certification

The Notice of Certification has been released. You can read the English version of the Notice hereLa version française de l’avis se trouve ici.

November 17, 2016:  The class action has been certified

On November 17, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified the action, which means it will proceed as a class action.

The class is comprised of:

All current or former non-management employees of the defendant in its offices across Canada, who are or were employed, at any time on or after August 15, [2007] in administrative, clerical, technical and supervisory job classifications or otherwise subject to the defendant’s overtime policy or policies.

You can read the Court’s decision here.

The next step is the discovery process, in which the parties will exchange all relevant documents relating to the issues in the class action.

Lawyers

Daniel Iny, Louis Century, Jody Brown

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Class Action Litigation, Employment Law