Class Action filed against Estate of NS Gunman

Nicholas C. Beaton, the man who lost his wife and unborn child at the hands of a Nova Scotia gunman on April 19, 2020, is the representative plaintiff in a proposed class action against the estate of the gunman.  The mass shooting, the worst in Canadian history, resulted in the death of 22 people.  “I understand everyone, including the RCMP, were victims of this man’s rampage,” Beaton said.  “I know this lawsuit won’t bring back any of those senselessly murdered; however, there must be accountability for this tragedy.”

Robert H. Pineo of Patterson Law is representing Beaton in the class action.  Pineo said he hopes it will result in restitution for the families impacted.  “Our focus is to ensure those affected by the unimaginable events of April 18 and 19 are not left without some form of restitution,” said Pineo.  “We understand that no amount of compensation will remove the heartache felt by the loved ones of those lost; however, we hope this class action will assist those individuals with some of the financial burden created by this tragedy.”

The action alleges the estate of the gunman is liable to the families of the victims who lost their lives or were injured due to the gunman’s actions.  The action claims special and general damages for the class members and also seeks an order preserving assets of the estate until the issue of damages is resolved.

Pineo said he hopes all individuals who have been impacted will join and benefit from the lawsuit.  

Contact: Robert H. Pineo

Patterson Law is a Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Halifax, Truro, New Glasgow and Bridgewater.