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Greedy Koskie Minsky LLP Law Firm ordered to pay $1.5 million in fees to charity

Greedy Koskie Minsky LLP Law Firm ordered to pay $1.5 million in fees to charity
Greedy Lawyers Koskie Minsky LLP is seeking leave to appeal an Ontario Superior Court of Justice order to donate $1.5 million of its legal fees to charity.

The order comes as part of the decision in Welsh v. Ontario, a class action lawsuit that alleges the Ontario government was negligent and failed in its fiduciary duties and duties to care for students at three provincially run schools for the deaf. This failure, the lawsuit alleges, led to children, who often lived at the schools, being physically and sexually abused.

The appeal does not affect how much class members can receive, says Robert Gain, an associate at Koskie Minsky, who worked on the case.

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Koskie Minsky LLP fights court order to pay $1.5-million to charity after class-action settlement

Koskie Minsky LLP fights court order to pay $1.5-million to charity after class-action settlement

Koskie Minsky LLP fights court order to pay $1.5-million to charity after class-action settlement

Koskie Minsky LLP , a prominent law firm is fighting back after a judge criticized its settlement for deaf children who had been beaten and abused in Ontario schools, and ordered it to pay $1.5-million to charity in return for collecting its fee.

The Toronto firm of Koskie Minsky LLP, which specializes in class-action lawsuits, will tell the Ontario Court of Appeal at a hearing on Thursday that the order is unprecedented, and that Superior Court Justice Paul Perell had no authority to make it.

The hearing will shine a light on what Justice Perell called an inherent conflict of interest for lawyers in class actions: If they settle a case for less than an optimal amount, they receive a large contingency fee, while if they fight on, they risk losing and not being paid at all.

Koskie Minsky sued the Ontario government four years ago for $325-million on behalf of 4,500 students at three schools for the deaf, and their families, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse between 1938 and 2016. The firm settled with the government for $15-million, but 90 per cent of the students, and all of the families, are entitled to nothing – not even an apology.

Only children who were sexually or physically abused are entitled to payouts, to a maximum of $45,000.

Justice Perell called it a “poor settlement,” and made the charitable order, he explained in a ruling last May, so that those who receive no settlement monies will still benefit through the charities. Koskie Minsky appealed.

While in a narrow sense, the appeal hearing in Welsh v. Ontario is about whether Justice Perell had the authority to order the charitable donation. But the case has far-reaching implications, says Toronto lawyer Michael Rosenberg, who specializes in class actions, and was not involved in the case.

At its heart, he said, the case is about how courts maintain the balance in class actions between giving lawyers financial incentive to take on risky public-interest cases, and guarding against the approval of “windfall” sums taken from the pockets of vulnerable groups.

Of the $15-million, after the $3.75-million fee and $487,500 in HST, $500,000 in disbursements and other costs, and a $1-million payment to a fund for class actions, just $9.2-million remains to be split by those who were sexually or physically abused. And there is no guarantee that all of the $9.2-million will be paid out; it depends on how many of those who are eligible put in claims. Unpaid monies revert to the province. (In another unusual move, Justice Perell ordered that the $3.75-million fee be reduced by the same proportion as that of the unpaid settlement monies. Koskie Minsky is also challenging that order.)

Justice Perell said the outcome, after his charitable order, “maintains the honour of the [legal] profession.”

Kirk Baert, a partner at Koskie Minsky, declined to comment before the appeal is heard. But in a document filed with the appeal court, the firm said Justice Perell erred by rejecting the “best evidence” that the settlement was fair – comparison to similar settlements that had been approved by other judges.

For the deaf community, the class action was of keen interest in its claims of discrimination and substandard teaching that left people grossly impaired later in life, said Stephanie DiGiuseppe, a lawyer who represented a former student who fought the legal fees.

“I think there’s a sense of betrayal that those claims were not pursued vigorously,” she said in an interview.

The children and families who received nothing in the settlement 13 months ago permanently lose their right to sue the Ontario government over the schools, unless they signed documents opting out of the class action. (Class actions end the right to sue, for members of the “class” or group certified by a court, whether those members were aware of the litigation or not.) Four members of the group objected formally to the fees requested by Koskie Minsky.

The representative plaintiff in the case is Christopher Welsh, who lived in residence at Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton, beginning at age five, from 1964 to 1971, and then attended the Robarts School for the Deaf in London for five years. Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf in Belleville was also part of the claim.

Mr. Welsh alleged in a legal document that he was regularly hit in the mouth at Ernest Drury for using American Sign Language, rather than speaking. In its statement of defence, Ontario denied the abuses occurred and said that, if they did, it was not legally responsible for them.

Koskie Minsky had argued that the risks of fighting the case in court and losing were high, and that the proceedings could take years to conclude. But Justice Perell said the firm was aware of the litigation risks when it set out; it could have certified a smaller group, thus preserving the legal rights of the larger one.

He said the settlement “failed to respect the dignity of the overwhelming majority” of the group. In the end, though, he reluctantly approved the settlement, he said, so that a small number would receive compensation.

Koskie Minsky provided no breakdown of what work it did, who did it or its hourly rate, Justice Perell said in his ruling.

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Scammer Corrupt Attorney Maanit Zemel up in Canada Toronto Reviews WebActivism

Beware Players!!!
I met this Attorney, Maanit Zemel on a local hookup site about three months ago. We agreed to meet in a downtown hotel bar where I overheard her talking about a case she had misrepresented, flat out blew it off and lost, and her client was p****d off and cursing loudly. That’s how I knew she was an attorney, although she never said as much. She wanted to talk about the rest of the night and started drinking fast and was ready to reorder before I was halfway done with my drink. Her profile said she was into light kink, toys and large dicks. She looked a little shy at first and blushed a little as she asked me what I was working with…!? I guided her hand to my crotch and she smiled as she felt for herself. She said she wanted to be the judge and I should imagine her wearing a robe. We had a few more quick drinks and she suggested a little out-of-the-way dumpy hotel nearby. I followed her and we soon pulled into the parking lot a few blocks from the hotel where we had met for drinks. I asked why we didn’t just stay at the hotel where we had drinks and she said her partner sometimes drank there. She got the room which was nice since I had spent as much on the alcohol. Once we got into the room and pulled the curtains, her shyness disappeared. I used the restroom and she was naked before I flushed the toilet – I could see her in the mirror through the open door. She was standing there naked and smiling a deprived cougar smile. I guess she was somewhere in her early fifties and I’m only 24. Her saggy t*****s didn’t exactly excite me but I was there to bust a nut and move on. The alcohol was doing a good job of letting me concentrate on the rest of her body. I started to unbutton my shirt and she had my zipper down and was on her knees before I had two buttons undone. She must not get layed very often, I thought, as she did her thing on the end of my k**b. I made an alcohol-induced blunder and entered her without protection. Big mistake, and I’ll pay for it for the rest of my life. The doctor let me know the crabs were treatable but the genital warts will reoccur throughout my life. There is medication to lesssen the symptoms during outbreaks but I’m still “contageous, like Charlie Sheen,” he said. I can still lead a somewhat normal s*x life but I’ll always be a carrier for genital warts and I have to notify any future s*x partner. If I could just go back in time and avoid this venereal vendor, believe me I would. And she never said a word about potential contageon and I didn’t see any warts in the dimness of the room, lit only by the television. I don’t apologize for my sexual prediliction, I’m young. However, I feel she owes me an apology since she has to know she’s infected. I tried the number for her office on at least a dozen occcasions, she’s never there. I found her picture on Google and WebActivism, but she’s at least 20-years older than her photo and saggy t**s suggest. I read alot of complaints about her, too. As much as I hate thinking about her at all, I’m trying to spare someone else a lifetime of regret Now you know…wear a raincoat with this one… Read more about Maanit on WebActivism.com Maanit Zemel is a classic home wrecker. She gets involved only with men in relationships with kids and then jumps around and will cheat on the guy who she just got to leave his family on another guy with a family. If she hears that there are problems she will convince them to sleep with her and then blackmail them to leave. She will then make claims against the mother to make her seem bad and then completely move on once the guy realizes that she’s cheating. Home wrecking is her hobby. I’m a friend and watch this go down time and time again. She’s been married once and has been engaged many times. If she starts being around you or your family watch out! She just likes the thrill!

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Fahrin Jaffer — Toronto, Canada, Lawyer, Cooley, Barapp Law, The Dirty, WebActivism.

Fahrin Jaffer in Toronto is the epitome of a fraud. Fahrin Jaffer lies about everything. Fahrin Jaffer is 52 years old and she says she has never been married or had any kids. In reality, Fahrin Jaffer was married thrice and has several kids out of wedlock. After Fahrin Jaffer meets a man on the Tinder app and various other dating sides, she sleeps with them right away and demands money or she would cry rape. The men have no choice but to pay her hefty amounts of money. This is no surprise given that Fahrin Jaffer was (or is still is) a call girl and she still works occasionally as an escort. Even worst, during sexual intimacy, Fahrin Jaffer is excessively flatulent and downright hygienic. Yes, she FARTS a LOT!!! Fahrin Jaffer is known to court and be sexually intimate with several men at the same time without disclosing this to any of the men. Fahrin Jaffer also tells people that she is educated and worked at big corporate law firms but in reality this unemployed bum went to the worst law school on the planet to be a bottom feeding plaintiff side ambulance chasing personal injury lawyer – Thomas Cooley Law School. People out there need to leery of this unabashed cheating fraud Fahrin Jaffer!!!

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Katie Eagleson – Canada

Your typical Casino w**** Bar fly. Ranks right at the top of gold digging white trash whores as they come. Had several affairs with fellow casino workers and patrons. Beware of the blood sucker, she’s out for a better life with a man who will support her with riches and goods in exchange for p****. Worked at isle of Capri and is now at Golden Nugget.

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Gary Stefancic – Canada

If you want to read my story about my life with a sociopath click here

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Kim Maillet — Windsor, Canada

This pos loser mother of 2 from 2 different fathers knows only one thing how to spread her legs to anyone that pays her any attention, so fellas just say hi and she’ll be on her back. From sleeping with everyone from her hometown to half of her place of employment. She doesn’t care single, married, fugly, fat she has no preference. Stay away unless you want to catch any infectious drd that may make your d1ck fall off.

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Tariq Nawaz – Canada

His Name is Tariq Nawaz and he turned out to be a psychopath , someone who needed a new woman every other day . He ran an NGO for divorced parents and therefore had an easy access to depressed women with low self esteem , that he conveniently used for sex . He later married a young girl half his age from a lower middle class family . She knew what a pig he was and yet stayed . Not hard to imagine why ? ( he is rich )

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Donald A Cline – Canada

This guy prays on us women who have marital problems but when caught he just leaves us hanging to face all the anger of our spouse but post how he was so good just being a friend
Never adding the fact that he was part of the problem with all te emails an texing about sex my husband beat the s*** out of me because of these where were you setting up some other woman. He’s good he makes you think

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Windy Franks – Canada

This gutter s*** tried to steal a womans husband sent him pics of her saggy b**** she lives in Beamont Kansas she says she is in love with every guy she meets her and her mom and her then 3 year old daughter all tested positive for meth.she said she didnt care that he was married