The law firm of Flaherty McCarthy LLP has commenced three (3) multi-million dollar Class Actions against three Ontario lawyers (VIKTOR HOHOTS, JOSEPH STEPHEN FARKAS and ERZSEBET JASZI) who negligently represented members of the Roma community. The Plaintiffs and Class Members in each of these three related claims retained the Defendants to represent them at Immigration and Refugee Board hearings.
This action is brought on behalf of the Plaintiffs in their own right, and pursuant to the Class Proceedings Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c.6 on behalf of all persons resident in Canada or abroad who were refugee claimants from Hungary who were negligently represented by the Defendants and who thus lost the opportunity to have their refugee claims heard on the merits, due to the Defendants (i) inappropriately delegating professional responsibilities and abdicating his professional responsibilities; (ii) failing to complete and file Personal Information Forms (“PIFs”) with supporting evidence; (iii) completing or filing manifestly inadequate and/or incorrect Personal Information Forms (“PIFs”) with supporting evidence; (iv) failing to appear at Hearings; or (v) failing to arrange for translation services for meetings or hearings as needed.
A copy of the Statement of Claim as against Viktor Hohots can be found here.
A copy of the Statement of Claim as against Joseph Stephen Farkas can be found here.
A copy of the Statement of Claim as against Erzsebet Jaszi can be found here.
The Class Proceedings were consolidated and certified by the Court on August 19, 2019.
The parties have entered into a Settlement Agreement that is subject to Court approval. A hearing to determine whether the Proposed Settlement will be approved will be held in Toronto on September 11, 2020 at 10:00 (EST) by Zoom videoconference.
The necessary information and documentation relevant to the pending Settlement Approval motion can be found in our Settlement Information section.