Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 2, 2007
A lawsuit claiming damages in excess of US $500 million, filed in Seattle's U.S. District Court on February 2, 2007 (Case no. CV7 00177CMP), by Mr. Erwin Singh Braich, 51, has undergone a surprising development. The Plaintiff, a well-known industrialist and philanthropist, had named the Government of Canada and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) among the numerous defendants, both of which have decided to settle out of court.
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"I was very pleased to learn that the government of the country in which I was born agreed to settlement terms outside of a courtroom," stated Braich.
"This agreement will, in my opinion, greatly expedite certain portions of the due process of uncovering the truth. Our team is quite happy that the negotiations resulted in a resolution. We were fortunate in that these particular defendants are represented by astute attorneys.
"We have strongly believed from the outset that the alleged actions or omissions of a few individuals should not cast a negative light on the entire RCMP and/or the Government of Canada. I am very proud to be a Canadian citizen and have much respect for our country and the values which we stand for.
"My father came to Canada from his native India and he did so hoping that he and eventually his family could have a brighter future in Canada and for this I am grateful.
"We are now looking forward to working with Department of Justice Canada and others to try and illuminate the truth and bring the very bizarre facts which are still not public - out in the open," said Braich.
KPMG International, a dominant global accounting firm, is also named in the lawsuit along with KPMG Inc. Vice-President Robert Rusko and his former KPMG associate, David Wood. The latter left KPMG, at apparently a peculiar juncture, to form a partnership with Steve Boale, another former KPMG employee. Boale is not yet named as an allegedly culpable participant in any lawsuit.
Vancouver lawyer Brian McLean and the law firm McLean & Armstrong are also among the defendants named. A list of American government agencies completes the current list of defendants which list is subject to change by the evaluation of information yet to be gathered under penalty of perjury.
On July 24th, 2007, Federal Judge John C. Coughenour set a timetable by which certain procedural steps must be completed and a trial date has been set for November 2008.
"We have patiently spent years accumulating evidence and have been waiting for this opportunity to see justice prevail. It is gratifying to receive validation that we are headed in the right direction," added Braich.
Braich confirmed that three investigative journalists have now been short-listed for the penning of the book which will hopefully cover the various legal sparring, twists and turns, and properly and fully lay out the historical lead-up to this "quite interesting and brazen series of cover-your-tracks activity."
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