03/08/2012 03:52 EST | Updated 05/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Lawsuit filed over condo balcony glass

Shattering balcony glass has prompted some downtown Toronto condo owners to launch class-action suits against developers, contractors and others.

The proposed actions in Ontario Superior Court allege negligence in the construction of two condo developments in which glass crashed to the streets below.

As a result, the balconies were sealed months ago and residents denied access to them.

The action on behalf of owners and renters of the units in the Murano Towers, located on Bay Street near College Street, names Bay Grenville Properties and Lanterra Developments, among others.

The proposed suit against Festival Tower, located on King Street West in the city's entertainment district, names King and John Festival Corp. and the Daniels Corp.

The class actions — which seek a combined $40 million in various damages — have yet to be certified and none of the allegations has been tested in any court.

The class actions were launched by law firms Falconer Charney and Sutts, Strosberg.

In a release, the law firms says they seek compensation for residents of the buildings for the loss of use of their balconies.

"The class members have been unable to use their outdoor living space for over a year with no end in sight," reads a statement in the press release.