CLASS ACTION AGAINST THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

On September 15, 2017, a class action was filed on behalf of Ms. Lisa Blais against certain Watch Tower entities regarding alleged sexual abuses within the Jehova’s Witness organisation, as well as the alleged negligent handling of these sexual abuses.

Please take notice that the hearing on the Application will take place at the Palais de Justice de Montréal on December 17 and 18, 2018.

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.

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, please click here ; for an unofficial English translation, please click here.

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness or a former Jehovah’s Witness and allege having been sexually abused by an Elder or when you were a minor, 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 classactions@woods.qc.ca.

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 and we take all necessary 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.

Please click here to access the intake form.

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