We write to provide an update on the status of this class action.
We are currently in the “discovery” stage of the case. What this means is that both sides (that named plaintiff on one hand, and Canada Cartage on the other hand) have an obligation to disclose and exchange all relevant documents; that is, all documents that relate to the common issues that have been “certified” by the court. for a description of the certified common issues, click here to see our earlier post on this topic.
Because Canada Cartage has possession of the vast majority of the documents that will be relevant to this lawsuit, we have had to wait for its documents to be produced. We have now received production of a significant number of documents from Canada Cartage (numbering in the tens of thousands) and are busy reviewing them.
Once we are finished reviewing the documents, we will have an opportunity to examine representatives of the defendants under oath. These examinations are currently scheduled to take place in the fall of 2017.
The discovery stage of a case of this magnitude generally takes a bit of time. If you are a member of the class, we encourage you to be patient as we work through this important stage of the case. While it may be timing consuming, the purpose of discovery is to gather evidence that can be used to prove the case at trial. We want to make sure that we have carefully reviewed and catalogued everything received from Canada Cartage so that we will be in the strongest possible position to advance this case on behalf of class members in the future.