Chicago law firm, Meyers & Flowers, announced that the Unofficial
Committee of Wrongful Death Claimants in the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic
Railway (MMA) Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed a plan today. A key
element of the plan is the appointment of former U.S. Senator George J.
Mitchell as the Plan Fiduciary. MMA filed for bankruptcy after one of
its trains derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec on July 6, 2013.
The bankruptcy court has approved the sale of the railroad, with the
closing expected in March. The trains will keep running, but no money is
being set aside for the victims. Insurance coverage of at least $25
million is available, and negotiations are continuing with the insurance
company and other stakeholders. It is hoped that with Senator Mitchell's
leadership, a consensual negotiation of all outstanding issues can be
achieved to allow for a prompt distribution to those tragically affected
by this accident.
Senator Mitchell is renowned for his leadership in bringing opposing
parties together in agreement. He helped broker a peace agreement in
Northern Ireland, which earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He
was also instrumental in Middle East peace negotiations and in leading
the investigation of Major League Baseball regarding performance
"Knowing of Senator Mitchell's rcord in this regard, we think he can
help break the bankruptcy logjam," said Peter Flowers, whose Chicago law
firm, along with attorneys Jason Webster and Mitchell A. Toups,
represents the Unofficial Committee.
The proposed plan provides for the insurer to settle, or else to turn
over a portion of the policy proceeds to the MMA's bankruptcy estate.
The plan includes a split of insurance proceeds whereby 75% would be
distributed to claims for wrongful death and personal injury claims,
which would be paid through the chapter 11 case, and 25% would be
distributed to property damage claimants through the Canadian insolvency
proceeding of MMA's Canadian subsidiary.
"The idea," explained Mr. Flowers, "is to get this done quickly by
dividing responsibility between the U.S. and Canadian cases rather than
have a tug of war. We hope Senator Mitchell can help rally support for a
About Meyers & Flowers
Meyers & Flowers is a Top Law Firm in Chicago, boasting experienced,
knowledgeable trial attorneys with a long resume of victories and large
awards for our clients. Our attorneys have the expertise and experience
to pursue the prosecution of large-scale litigation. They have
successfully won mass settlement cases against negligent or criminal
About Peter Flowers
Attorney Peter J. Flowers is partner in the firm of Meyers & Flowers in
Chicago. He has represented countless families whose lives have been
tragically changed because of medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries
from workplace injuries and automobile accidents, and from defective
products. His hands-on approach to litigation has earned Flowers
tremendous results and numerous honors over the years. He's been named
an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of medical malpractice, and
recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by his peers, a distinction
earned by only 5% of the state's lawyers. He is a member of both the
Million Dollar Advocate Forum, for resolving many cases in excess of $1
million, and the elite Verdict Club Society, which includes top
attorneys from around the United States. Pete is an active member of the
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and over the years has served in a
number of leadership positions.
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