Halifax Crane Collapse Class Action

Thornbloom Boutique Limited v. W.M. Fares Architects et al

Nova Scotia Supreme Court File: Hfx No. 492055

On October 18, 2019 Wagners filed a proposed class action in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on behalf of residents and businesses alleged to have been affected by the collapse of a crane during post tropical storm Dorian on September 7, 2019.

The proposed class action was filed by proposed representative plaintiff Thornbloom Boutique Limited against W.M. Fares Architects Inc., W.M. Fares & Associates Incorporated, Lead Structural Formwork Limited and The Manitowoc Company, Inc., on behalf of residents and businesses within the area evacuated to address the crane collapse and permit its removal. The action seeks recovery of damages alleged to be sustained by the class, including lost sales revenue, lost rent and costs of relocation.

To register and determine if you qualify for inclusion in Wagners’ proposed action, please fill out this registration form. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us by phone or email at [email protected].

Updates & Latest Developments

The Honourable Justice D. Timothy Gabriel has been appointed as Case Management Judge. Justice Gabriel will oversee and manage the proceedings, including setting a schedule for certification, and the procedural steps to be taken beforehand. The Case Management Judge also gives directions and can help to settle any conflicts between us and defence counsel.

As a result of the impact of the COVID-19 precautionary measures, a Case Management Conference that was scheduled to be held on June 24, 2020 has been rescheduled and will now occur on September 4, 2020 before Justice Gabriel.

We have also made FOIPOP requests for documentation and materials from various agencies concerning the collapse of the crane. We are awaiting the fulfillment of the final request.

There will also be testing sessions for the various components of the crane. One session will take place in Ontario and involves metallurgical testing on the remnants of the crane. The other session will be held in Nova Scotia and concerns the testing of the crane turntable. We have retained the services of an expert to attend the testing of the turntable component. Dates are still being finalized for both test sessions but should take place over the course of the next few months.

We will keep all registered class members updated on the status and progress of the action as future events warrant.

Meanwhile if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email at [email protected].

The Notice of Action and Statement of Claim was filed on October 18, 2019 with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. The pleading may be viewed in the Documents section.