Class action pension suits on the risePlaintiffs don't need to worry about paying defendants' legal costsBy Uyen Vu10/09/2006|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/12/2007 In June 2002, when the Ontario government made changes to its benefit plan, a retired health ministry worker fought back.The change included new deductibles for prescription drugs and dental services, elimination of out-of-country services and elimination of over-the-counter drug coverage. Citing breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties, Barbara Kranjcec, who retired in 1993 after 27 years of service, launched a class action suit that would grow to include 48,000 retirees. Last month, a court approved a settlement that would see the Ontario government reimburse $20 million to the group, or about $350 each after legal fees. In addition, these retirees would be entitled to new benefits negotiated by the province’s public-sector union in 2005 and a drug benefit card, which meant they no longer have to pay out of pocket then claim for reimbursements. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.