A newspaper report says Neenah Paper and Kimberly-Clark retirees are suing the companies for $5 million in punitive damages.

They allege that their former employers will charge premiums of as much as $300 a month for benefits coverage, up from the $40 a month they currently pay.

The retirees filed the lawsuit on behalf of themselves and about 1,500 ex-employees in the Terrace Bay and Longlac, Ontario area.

If the suit is successful, the companies’ former workers would receive approximately $3,300 each.

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