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:

Mary Soderstrom
ERDC President

Jack Ruttan,
ERDC Secretary

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