$11 million settlement in freelancer’s 13-year class-action lawsuit


Victory (or at least, a settlement) at last for every Canadian writer’s heroine, Heather Robertson, 67, who has been waging a legal battle since 1996 against the Globe and Mail (now CTVglobemedia Inc), Thomson Corp. (now Thomson Reuters Canada) and the Gale Group.

The issue was the newspaper’s electronic reprinting of Robertson’s (and thousands of other freelance writers’) articles, without permission or extra compensation.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Robertson’s favour in 2006, but it’s taken until May 5, 2009 (mark that date in your calendars!) for the defendants to finally settle the class-action lawsuit to the tune of $11 million. They have not, however, admitted any wrongdoing.

No word yet on how freelance writers whose work was also reproduced without permission can claim part of the settlement amount. Stay tuned for more info.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jack says:

    Does anyone know where to find out more about this? I recall being told at the time (>10 years ago) that any freelancer who had written for the Globe during a certain period would automatically be included in the class. Who is handling the payout? Surely they’ll need to compile a list of freelancers covered and their current addresses.

  2. pwacquebec says:

    I don’t think they’re quite there yet. PWAC (national) hasn’t announced anything about it either. Will certainly post up additional details on this site as they become known.

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