On February 27, 2019, the Superior Court of Quebec authorised the bringing of a class action on behalf of Ms. Lisa Blais against certain Watch Tower entities regarding alleged sexual abuses on minors within the Jehovah’s Witness organisation, as well as the alleged negligent handling of these sexual abuses.
If you wish to consult the Judgment authorizing the class action, please click here. If you wish to consult the Judgment authorizing the class action as rectified on March 11, 2019, please click here.
On November 28, 2018, the Superior Court granted in part a motion by the three American Defendants and allowed the filing of an affidavit of one of its representatives. If you wish to consult the judgment, please click here.
On December 3, 2018 , the Superior Court granted in part a motion to strike by the Defendant Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada striking certain paragraphs and one exhibit of the Re-Modified Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action. If you wish to consult the judgment, please click here.
In April 2019, the Defendants filed applications for leave to appeal the judgment authorizing the exercise of a class action and rejecting the declinatory exception requested by the defendant Watch Tower Bible and Track Society of Pennsylvania.
On December 11, 2020, the Court of Appeal of Quebec rejected the appeals, therefore confirming the judgment rendered by the Superior Court of Quebec authorizing the exercise of a class action. If you wish to consult the judgment rendered by the Court of Appeal of Qubec, please click here.
If you wish to consult the episode of Deux filles le matin entitled “Les enfants oubliés” where Mtre. Sarah Woods discussed the class action, please follow this link: https://www.qub.ca/tvaplus/tva/deux-filles-le-matin/saison-21/episode-2174-les-enfants-oublies-1014919745
The Application alleges that the policies and procedures in place within the Watch Tower facilitate the commission of sexual abuses, including by Elders and by other Witnesses on minors, and cause a systemic failure to report these sexual abuses to the authorities.
The Application claims moral damages, pecuniary damages and punitive damages. If you wish to consult the Application,for Authorisation to Institute a Class Action, please click here . If you wish to consult the Originating Application, please click here.
If you are a Jehovah’s Witness or a former Jehovah’s Witness and allege having been sexually abused when you were a minor by either an Elder or a Jehovah’s Witness, or if you know such victims, we would be pleased to discuss with you, on a confidential basis and free of charge, in order to inform you of the victims’ rights in the context of this file. You may reach Mtre. Maripier Ainey, the paralegal responsible for this file, by calling at 514-982-4545, or by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woods LLP is a boutique law firm with significant experience in the field of class actions. We are aware that allegations of sexual abuse may be difficult to share. Your communications with Woods will remain confidential. We also take all precautions to maintain the anonymity of those who so desire, in the context of this class action.
The website will be updated as the file evolves.