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Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act

Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act

Acted for a Canadian victim of a suicide bombing, executed by individuals who received material support from Iran, who sought leave to intervene in ongoing proceedings commenced by United States (US) plaintiffs in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking orders recognizing the enforceability in Ontario of judgments they obtained from a US court against Iran totalling approximately $370 million. The ultimate argument to be made was that the US judgments were unenforceable in Canada and that she had an interest in the Ontario proceedings because recognition of the US judgments would wipe out all Iran’s assets in Canada and deprive her of any possibility of recovery. The motion for leave to intervene was dismissed, the Court of Appeal agreed to hear the appeal on an expedited basis within 6 days and ultimately overturned the decision of the motion judge and granted leave to appeal. The matter then settled out of court.