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"I very much doubt that these cases will ever get to trial, because I think the juries will crucify these companies," said Edward Jazlowiecki, a lawyer in Connecticut who is one of three lawyers acting for a Lac Mgantic family.
The lawsuit alleges that Montreal, Maine and Atlantic knew it was dangerous to leave a train loaded with crude oil unattended on a main track near Nantes, where it started rolling downhill toward Lac Mgantic.
The company laid off 24 of its Quebec employees in mid July.
In Canada, courts can award plaintiffs a maximum of $326,000 as compensation for non economic damages like emotional distress.
Jazlowiecki said more defendants could be added to the suit, but that for now lawyers had decided to target the companies directly responsible for the train and its contents.
MMA has so far refused to cover the almost $8 million bill for clearing the debris and oil from downtown Lac Mgantic.
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and Atlantic's parent company, Rail World, is located.
The lawsuit is one of three filed recently in relation to the explosion in Lac Mgantic on July 6.
It also alleges that the company failed to train its employees to apply enough brakes to secure the train, and says that MMA should have had more than one employee on the train's crew.
The railway is considering declaring bankruptcy, company chair Ed Burkhardt said on Wednesday.
"You can go after 20 more people, but the case is worth X number of dollars whether you have ten defendants or 100 defendants. We've got 11 companies we've got more than enough people to go after," he said.
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On Friday, an electrician who did contract work for MMA said the most recent cheque from the company had bounced.
But because the lawsuit targets multi billion dollar oil companies World Fuel, one of the companies named, has about $232 million in the bank Jazlowiecki said he was confident plaintiffs could receive substantial compensation.
Lac Mgantic residents Yannick Gagn and Guy Ouellet filed a request in Sherbrooke last week asking for permission to start a class action suit for other residents affected by the disaster.
Dianne Doyon pauses outside her d Epicerie Chez Pit in Lac M 216 kms east of Montreal, on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Doyon's son was set to be married in the downtown Ste Agnes church on Saturday, July 6, the day a train carrying crude oil derailed and destroyed much of the town's core, claming the lives of 47 people.
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The lawsuit also targets seven North Dakota oil companies, who, lawyers say, should not have loaded crude oil into thin skinned DOT 111 tanker cars.
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Jazlowiecki said he thought the case might take two or three years.
lawsuit filed in Chicago on behalf of ten victims is asking for over $50 million in damages.
He is working on the case with lawyers Mitchell Toups, in Texas, and Gloriane Blais, in Lac Mgantic. Blais's downtown office was destroyed in the blast.
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