Judge rejects bid to limit moose class-action participants
A Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador judge has rejected the provincial government's bid to exclude most of the people who are taking part in a class-action lawsuit over moose-vehicle collisions.
Justice Valerie Marshall rejected the government's claim in a decision filed Wednesday.
Meanwhile, on Thursday morning, Marshall gave the government another day to prepare its argument on why a trial scheduled to start next month should be delayed.
Marshall appeared to be frustrated on Thursday as the Crown said it needs more time to prepare its case, and to retain two more experts for its defence.
Marshall asked the government to present on Friday its suggestion for an alternate start to the trial. Arguments in the class action suit are currently set to begin on Jan. 14.
Ches Crosbie, the St. John's lawyer whose firm is representing the claimants, said Wednesday's ruling means that people who were hospitalized between 2001 and 2009 are still included in the litigation.
The government had wanted to reduce the period of eligibility to just the two years before the suit was filed in 2011.
You can read the text of Marshall's decision below.