Manuge v His Majesty The King

CourtFederal Court: T-119-19
Date filed: Consolidated Statement of Claim Filed 30 October 2019
Date certified: 23 December 2020

Status update

Class Action Settled (November 8, 2023)

We are pleased to announce that the parties in this action have reached a settlement to resolve the claims, which is subject to Court approval. The approval hearing will be held on December 18, 2023.

A copy of the agreement can be found here: Final Settlement Agreement, November 8, 2023.

Read the press release:

Proposed Settlement in Class Proceeding involving Calculation of Disability Benefits for Disabled Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Recours Collectif Réglé (8 novembre 2023)

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que les parties à cette action sont parvenues à un règlement pour résoudre les réclamations, qui est sujet à l’approbation du tribunal. L’audience d’approbation aura lieu le 18 décembre 2023.

Une copie de l’accord peut être trouvée ici : Entente de règlement finale, 8 novembre 2023.

Lire le communiqué de presse

Proposition de transaction dans le cadre d’une procédure en vertu de la Loi sur les recours collectifs concernant le calcul des prestations d’invalidité pour les vétérans invalides des Forces armées canadiennes et de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada

Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing issued October 17, 2023

The Government of Canada has agreed to settle a certified class action involving the underpayment of certain disability pension benefits administered by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and payable to certain members and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their survivors.

The Short Form Notice of the Settlement Approval Hearing, in English and French, which has been approved by the Federal Court can be found here: Short Form Notice.

The Notice includes information about the settlement, the approval hearing and the rights of class members.

All documents relating to this class action and the proposed settlement can be found on the Court Documents page of this website. The settlement agreement will be available for viewing on this website beginning on November 8, 2023.

Avis d’audience pour l’approbation du Règlement émis le 17 octobre 2023

Le gouvernement du Canada a accepté de régler une action collective certifiée concernant une erreur alléguée de calcul de certaines pensions et prestations d’invalidité administrées par Anciens Combattants Canada (« ACC») payables aux membres ou anciens membres des Forces armées canadiennes (« FAC») et de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada (« GRC») ainsi qu’à leurs époux, conjoints de fait, survivants et autres personnes apparentées.

À court de préavis

L’Avis comprend des informations sur le Règlement, l’Audience pour l’approbation du Règlement et les droits des membres du groupe.

Tous les documents relatifs à cette action collective et au Règlement proposé se trouvent sur la page Documents judiciaires de ce site Web. L’Accord de règlement pourra être consulté sur ce site Web à partir du 8 novembre 2023.

For full information about this class proceeding and to register for updates visit:

Pour obtenir des informations complètes sur ce recours collectif et pour vous inscrire aux mises à jour, visitez:

The website provides information in both English and French.

What is the claim about?

Veterans Affairs Canada administers certain disability benefits for current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which must be adjusted annually. The class proceeding seeks damages for alleged underpayments that occurred because of errors in the calculation of annual adjustments under section 75 of the Pension Act.

On 23 December 2020, the Federal Court certified the action as a class proceeding.

Who does the claim affect?

The class (people affected) is defined as:

All members and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and their spouses, common law partners, dependants, survivors, orphans, and any other individuals, including eligible estates of all such persons, who received – at any time between 2002 and the present – disability pensions, disability awards, and other benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada that were affected by the annual adjustment of the basic pension under section 75 of the Pension Act including, but not limited to, the awards and benefits listed at Schedule “A” of the certification order:

  • Pension Act: pension for disability; pension for death; attendance allowance; allowance for wear and tear of clothing or for specially made apparel; and exceptional incapacity allowance;
  • Veterans Well-being Act: disability award; and clothing allowance;
  • Veterans Well-being Regulations: remuneration of an escort;
  • Veterans Health Care Regulations: remuneration of an escort; and treatment allowance;
  • Veterans Review and Appeal Board Act: compassionate award;
  • Civilian War-related Benefits Act: war pensions and allowances for salt water fishers, overseas headquarters staff, and air raid precautions workers; and injury for remedial treatment of various persons and voluntary aid detachment (World War II);
  • Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act: monthly allowance for education; and
  • Flying Accidents Compensation Regulations: flying accidents compensation.

Who are the lawyers?

This class proceeding is being led by a national consortium of well-respected law firms, including Murphy Battista LLP, that provide advice and representation in class action lawsuits and complex litigation matters.

The team of lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP, who are co-counsel on this class proceeding includes:

Bill is a partner at the firm and an experienced trial lawyer who has obtained multi-million dollar awards on behalf of clients injured in complex personal injury and medical malpractice claims. Bill is currently the Vice President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

Angela has extensive experience as class counsel in large-scale, national class actions. She has achieved settlements for class members in excess of $800 million and has been recognized by the Federal Court of Canada as a leading practitioner in the field. Angela was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020 by Canadian Lawyer.

What can I do if I think I’m affected by this class proceeding?

To learn more about this class proceeding and to register for updates visit:

The website provides information in both English and French.

How do I contact the Murphy Battista lawyers on this matter?

For information or help in connection with this class proceeding you can contact:

Bill Dick, K.C.
Kelowna Office phone:  (250) 979-7230
Email:[email protected]

Angela Bespflug

Vancouver Office phone:  (604) 683-9621
Email: [email protected]

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