Railway wants more time to respond to $4-million Lac-Megantic lawsuit

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Global News

MONTREAL – The embattled railway implicated in the Lac-Megantic train disaster has asked for an extended deadline to respond to one of the threatened lawsuits it faces.

The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway has asked for the Quebec municipality to wait until Tuesday for its response to a legal notice.

It has already missed last week’s deadline, and the municipality has said it’s now speaking with lawyers to evaluate a possible lawsuit.

At issue is the estimated $4 million cost to clean up the crash site – which is now being shouldered by authorities within Quebec.

MMA is accused of shirking its duty to pay workers to clean up the site and has received a lawyers’ letter hinting at a lawsuit.

That dispute is one of several now weighing on the U.S.-based company, which is now the focus of different attempts at class-action suits and also a police investigation into the…

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