What are the costs of an action commenced in the public interest?

British Columbia, Canada

The following excerpt is from Briante v. Vancouver Island Health Authority, 2015 BCSC 807 (CanLII):

However, I note that this is in essence a case, like Laktin v. Vancouver (City), 2014 BCSC 484, brought to recover damages for the personal injuries suffered by the plaintiffs, rather than an action commenced primarily in the public interest. Thus, while acknowledging that there are aspects of this case which reflect the public interest, the plaintiffs' own pecuniary interest in the litigation indicate that a departure from the usual rule as to costs is not justifiable on that basis.

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