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Demonstrators confront police officers during the G20 protest in Toronto June 27, 2010. (Ryan Enn Hughes For The Globe and Mail)
Demonstrators confront police officers during the G20 protest in Toronto June 27, 2010. (Ryan Enn Hughes For The Globe and Mail)

G20 class-action lawsuit can move ahead, Ontario court rules Add to ...

An Ontario court is allowing hundreds of people detained during the G20 summit in Toronto four years ago to proceed with a class-action lawsuit.

The suit was stalled last year when a judge ruled it couldn’t proceed as a class action because its “broad, sweeping nature” was viewed as problematic.

But a Divisional Court panel hearing an appeal of that ruling has now cleared the way for the suit to move forward.

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In a unanimous decision, Justice Ian Nordheimer wrote on behalf of the panel that police actions alleged in the suit, if proven, would have “violated a basic tenet of how police in a free and democratic society are expected to conduct themselves.”

More than 1,000 people were detained by police during the G20 summit in June, 2010, after protesters using so-called Black Bloc tactics broke away from a peaceful rally and ran through the downtown, smashing windows and burning police cruisers.

The vast majority of those detained were released without charge within 24 hours.

 

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