CPP rule prevents fees being paid

Judge says ruling shouldn’t affect future class-action lawsuits
By Sarah Dobson
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/20/2008

While same-sex couples fought for and won full access to Canada Pension Plan (CPP) survivor benefits in the class-action lawsuit Hislop v. Canada (Attorney General of Canada) in 2003, their lawyers are now fighting for their pay.

Four years ago, Justice Ellen Macdonald of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved a retainer agreement that the class-action lawyers be paid 50 per cent of certain pension arrears to cover about $15 million in legal fees.