|According to the Halifax Herald newspaper, Jean Brochu, a lawyer from Quebec City, intends to file a class action suit for $700 million against Loto-Quebec for damages and base interest of $578.7 million -- $4,863 for each of the 119,000 claimants he represents in the suit, to be filed in Superior Court next week. To estimate the costs, Brochu listed a 30-day therapy session at $2,800, follow-up visits at $1,000, and the “... loss of salary during treatment at $963, plus incidental expenses,” for each claimant.|
The lawyer is himself a recovering gambling addict, so he speaks from personal experience. “Certain members of the group suffered damages that exceed the base total of $4,863,” Brochu wrote. His suit claims that Loto-Quebec “failed to issue a warning of the risks and dangers associated” with to the use of video lottery terminals.
Yvan Bolduc, a lawyer for Loto-Quebec, said the lawsuit “will be vigorously contested.”
Rumors abound of similar lawsuits in North America and Australia, but Brochu's class action lawsuit is thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.