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ERDC Wednesday General Meeting Reminder, and ERDC Disbandment

Dear ERDC (Electronic-Rights Defence Committee) members and supporters,

Just a few words to remind you that the Electronic-Rights Defence Committee will meet to disband at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 6, 2016 in the downstairs meeting room of the Atwater Library, Ave. Atwater and rue Tupper, near Metro Atwater.

Refreshments will be served, and pats on the back given and received.

Please let us know if you coming, if you haven’t already.

Mary Soderstrom
President

Jack Ruttan
Secretary

Notice of the FINAL Annual General Meeting of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the last meeting of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee (ERDC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 6 in the downstairs meeting room of the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater, corner Tupper, Metro Atwater.

All the Postmedia stock has been distributed, but we need to meet once more to wind things up. This means passing a resolution to disband, approving the placement of a legal notice to this end, and raising a glass together to salute our work. There also will be a small amount of money left in our independent account, so a resolution will be proposed to split it 2/3 to TWUC and 1/3 to PWAC as a very partial repayment of the seed money they gave us way back when the class action was beginning.

Please let us know if you’ll be able to attend by sending at RSVP to this address (info@erdc.ca) before Monday, April 4. There will be things to eat and drink, so we need to know how many people to plan for.

Best wishes

Jack Ruttan, Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, President

ERDC: 2015 Annual General Meeting Convocation

The Electronic Rights Defence Committee (ERDC) will hold its 2015 Annual General Meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the offices of Sylvestre, Fafard & Painchaud, one part of our legal team. The address is 740 Atwater, Montreal.

(Just up the hill from the Lionel Groulx Metro station, and down the hill via Atwater Ave. from the Atwater Metro station.)

On the agenda will be a report on the distribution process of the Postmedia stock and money we received in the settlement of our class action against The Gazette and its various owners. The deadline for filing a claim was March 5, 2015, and we should have a good idea of the situation.

Jack Ruttan, Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, President

UPDATED – Electronic Rights Defence Committee Claim Period Is Coming to an End‏

Just a little more than a week remains for freelance writers to file claims in the Electronic Rights Defence Committee class action against The Gazette and the newspaper’s various owners. Claims must be postmarked by March 5, 2015. PLEASE SEND TO THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM AND NOT ELECTRONICALLY.

Claim forms are available at http://erdc.ca/?p=408. Freelance writers who wrote for The Gazette between 1985 and 2010 should fill one out if they want to take part in the distribution. Writers will receive shares of Postmedia A stock according to a point system that was approved at a special ERDC general meeting in 2012.

Claimants must list all freelance stories they wrote for The Gazette during the period covered by the class action. The on-line resource Canadian Newsstand (Proquest) may be helpful in doing this. It is available through many libraries including the Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec. To gain access to the collection by getting a free BAnQ card, consult http://www.banq.qc.ca/services/pret/carte/index.html.

For more information: http://www.erdc.ca

For specific questions:
info@erdc.ca

Source:
Mary Soderstrom
ERDC President

Jack Ruttan,
ERDC Secretary

Electronic Rights Defence Committee Claim Period Is Coming to an End

Just a little more than a month remains for freelance writers to file claims in the Electronic Rights Defence Committee class action against The Gazette and the newspaper’s various owners. Claims must be postmarked by March 5, 2015.

Claim forms are available at http://erdc.ca/?p=408. Freelance writers who wrote for The Gazette between 1985 and 2010 should fill one out if they want to take part in the distribution. Writers will receive shares of Postmedia A stock according to a point system that was approved at a special ERDC general meeting in 2012.

Claimants must list all freelance stories they wrote for The Gazette during the period covered by the class action. The on-line resource Canadian Newsstand (Proquest) may be helpful in doing this. It is available through many libraries including the Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec. To gain access to the collection by getting a free BAnQ card, consult http://www.banq.qc.ca/services/pret/carte/index.html.

In various settlements, the ERDC received 189,479 shares in PostMedia A stock and $83,210.27 in cash, all of which have been held in trust. In accordance with the Quebec Superior Court decision of September 5, 2014, the cash plus the proceeds of the sale of about 20,000 shares will be used to reimburse the Fonds d’aide aux recours collectifs (the Quebec agency which provided $86,999.35 in seed money for the class action,) and the ERDC lawyers, who are entitled to receive 25 per cent of cash and stock, plus taxes, under their agreements with the ERDC.

For more information: http://www.erdc.ca

For specific questions:
info@erdc.ca

Source:
Mary Soderstrom
ERDC President

Jack Ruttan,
ERDC Secretary

New Year’s Greetings! Three months left in which to file your ERDC claim.‏…

Very best wishes for a great 2015 from the Electronic Rights Defence
Committee.

Don’t forget that you have until March 6, 2015 to send in your claim in
our class action against The Gazette and its various owners. Here’s the
link to our website where you can download the proper forms.
http://erdc.ca/?p=408
Cheers,

Jack Ruttan, ERDC Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, ERDC President

Electronic Rights Defence Committee Starts Settlement Distribution Process

Electronic Rights Defence Committee Starts Settlement Distribution Process

Press Release: September 22, 2014

After more than 17 years of work and worry, the Electronic Rights Defence Committee has received the green light from Quebec Superior Court to distribute the fruits of its class action against The Gazette and the newspaper’s various owners.

Claim forms are now available at http://www.erdc.ca Freelance writers who wrote for The Gazette between 1985 and 2010 should fill one out if they want to take part in the distribution. Writers will receive shares of Postmedia A stock according to a point system that was approved at a special ERDC general meeting in 2012.

Claimants will have until March 5, 2015 to file, listing all freelance stories they wrote for The Gazette during the period covered by the class action. The on-line resource Canadian Newsstand (Proquest) may be helpful in doing this. It is available through many libraries including the Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec. To gain access to the collection by getting a free BAnQ card, consult http://www.banq.qc.ca/services/pret/carte/index.html.

In various settlements, the ERDC received 189,479 shares in PostMedia A stock and $83,210.27 in cash, all of which have been held in trust. In accordance with the Quebec Superior Court decision of September 5, 2014, the cash plus the proceeds of the sale of about 20,000 shares will be used to reimburse the Fonds d’aide aux recours collectifs (the Quebec agency which provided $86,999.35 in seed money for the class action,) and the ERDC lawyers, who are entitled to receive 25 per cent of cash and stock, plus taxes, under their agreements with the ERDC.

For more information: http://www.erdc.ca

For specific questions:
info@erdc.ca

Source:
Mary Soderstrom
ERDC President

Jack Ruttan,
ERDC Secretary

2014-09-05_Claim_Form(approved).pdf
2014-09-05_ERDC_Judgment.pdf
2014-09-05_Instructions_how_to_fill_the_Claim_Form(approved).pdf

2014-09-05_Plan_of_Distribution_of_Funds_received_in_Settlement(approved).pdf

Recours collectif contre The Gazette : début du processus de distribution des règlements

Communiqué: 22 septembre 2014

Après plus de 17 ans de travail et de trouble, le Comité de défense des droits électroniques (Electronic Rights Defence Committee «ERDC» ) vient de recevoir l’approbation de la Cour supérieure du Québec pour la distribution des fruits de son recours collectif contre The Gazette et les divers propriétaires du quotidien de Montréal.

Les formulaires pour faire une réclamation sont maintenant disponibles au site de l’ERDC http://www.erdc.ca. Les pigistes qui ont écrit pour The Gazette entre 1985 et 2010 doivent les remplir s’ils veulent participer dans la distribution. Les pigistes recevront des actions de Postmedia A selon un système de points qui a été approuvé lors d’une réunion générale spéciale de l’ERDC en 2012.

Les pigistes auront jusqu’au 5 mars 2015 pour déposer leurs réclamations, qui doivent inclure la liste de tous les articles qu’ils ont publié dans The Gazette pendant la période couverte par le recours collectif. La ressource en-ligne Canadian Newsstand (Proquest) pourrait être utile à cet effet. Elle est disponible dans plusieurs bibliothèques publiques incluant la Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec. Pour avoir accès à cette collection, vous pouvez obtenir une carte gratuite d’abonnement en consultant: http://www.banq.qc.ca/services/pret/carte/index.html.

En plusieurs règlements avec les défendeurs, l’ERDC a reçu 189 479 actions de Postmedia A et $ 83 210.27 qui jusqu’à maintenant sont en fiducie. En conformité avec la décision de la Cour supérieure du Québec du 5 septembre 2014, l’argent liquide déjà en banque et l’argent provenant de la vente d’environ 20 000 actions seront utilisés pour rembourser le Fonds d’aide aux recours collectifs (l’organisme provincial qui a fourni 86 999.35 $ pour entreprendre le recours collectif) et les avocats de l’ERDC qui, selon leurs contrats avec l’ERDC, ont droit à 25 pour cent de l’argent et des actions, plus les taxes, provenant des règlements avec les défendeurs.

Pour plus d’information: http://www.erdc.ca

Pour des questions spécifiques : info@erdc.ca

Mary Soderstrom, Présidente, ERDC

Jack Ruttan, Secrétaire, ERDC

2014-09-05_Formulaire_de_reclamation(approuve).pdf
2014-09-05_ERDC_Judgment.pdf
2014-09-05_Instructions_pour_le_formulaire_de_reclamation(approuvees).pdf

2014-09-05_Modalites_de_distribution_du_fonds_d’indemnisation(approuvees).pdf.pdf

More Draft ERDC Documents

Hello Everyone,

You’ll find below 5 more (3 in French, 2 in English) ERDC documents which have been prepared for the claim process and for settling with our lawyers. Please note that THESE ARE DRAFTS AND REQUIRE NO ACTION FROM YOU AT THIS TIME. We’re just keeping you in the loop.

We are moving forward, but slowly, slowly!

Best wishes

Mary Soderstrom,
ERDC President
Jack Ruttan,
ERDC Secretary

http://erdc.ca/Draft_ERDC_Plan_of_distribution.pdf

http://erdc.ca/Draft_ERDC_Claim_Form_.pdf

http://erdc.ca/Projet_de_Modalite_de_distribution_ERDC.pdf

http://erdc.ca/Draft_ERDC_Requete_en_approbation_des_honoraires.pdf

http://erdc.ca/Projet_de_Formulaire_de_reclamation_ERDC.pdf

Notice to Members about Settlement Distribution

This is another step in the long and arduous process of distributing the settlement shares to members.

We’ll be circulating a draft claim form shortly, but the period for filing won’t be until after September.

Jack Ruttan,
ERDC Secretary

Notice to members in English:
http://erdc.ca/2014-06-09_Notice_to_members_distribution_APPROVED_BY_THE_COURT.pdf

Notice to members in French:
http://erdc.ca/2014-06-09_Avis_aux_membres_distribution_APPROUVE_PAR_LA_COUR.pdf

Convocation to the 2014 ERDC Annual General Meeting

Hello everyone,

Progress toward distribution of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee’s settlement proceeds slowly: we will have more news soon.

In the meantime, please be advised that the ERDC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 7-8:15 p.m. at the offices of Sylvestre Fafard Painchaud, 740 Atwater (Metro Lionel Groulx).

On the agenda will be election of officers and consideration of resolutions required for the distribution to proceed.

Best wishes

Jack Ruttan
Secretary

Mary Soderstrom
President

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