Judge rules former Bathurst mill workers missed deadline to file court documents

A judge with New Brunswick's Court of Appeals says former employees from the shuttered Smurfit Stone Mill in Bathurst missed an important deadline to file court papers.

Seventeen former employees brought legal action against three unions over lost pension income, alleging their interests weren't duly represented when the mill shut down in 2005, but a lower court judge ruled they had missed the six-year deadline.

The former workers appealed that ruling earlier this week but the judge found the six-year timetable had changed to two years in 2009.

The workers' lawyer requested an adjournment to study case law and see if there would be any way around the two year deadline.

The appeal hearing resumes on November 7th.

(with files from the Daily Gleaner)