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Sydney Steel Lawsuit Struck Down

Ray Wagner

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has struck down attempts by Sydney residents to launch a class action suit against Sydney Steel.

About 400 residents had signed on to the lawsuit claiming their health and properties were damaged by the old steel plant. The court of appeal says if those residents want to sue they will have to do so individually and not as a group.

Ray Wagner is the lead lawyer for the class action suit that now includes about 400 people who lived near the old steel plant.

He says environmental lawsuits are extremely expensive and his clients can't afford to go it on their own, he says the decision could be a death knell for environmental lawsuits in Canada.

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