Claimants: Essential Information
: Opting Out
Please be advised that the opt-out deadline has expired!
If this Settlement Agreement affects you, you can no
longer opt out of it.
More information about Opt Outs
Up until January 31, 2001, any affected person who wished
to opt out of the settlement to pursue his or her own individual
claim could do so by sending a written notice to the Administrator
of the Hepatitis C Claims Centre.
Up until January 31, 2001, if any HCV-infected person opted
out of the settlement, his or her family members and dependants
were deemed to have also opted out of the settlement, unless
the spouse, parent or child had a separate claim as a HCV
Infected Person. In this case, he or she needed to make an
independent decision concerning whether or not to opt out
of the settlement. Except in Québec, no person could opt out
a minor or a mentally incompetent person without permission
of the court after notice to the Public Trustee and/or the
Children's Lawyer, as appropriate.
All affected persons who did not opt out are bound by the
terms of the settlement. Affected persons who did not opt
out of their class action are required to consent to a dismissal
of any existing actions they had commenced against the FPT
Governments, the Canadian Blood Agency, the Canadian Blood
Committee and any hospital or health caregiver in Canada to
qualify for compensation under the settlement.