Schools for the Deaf Class Action

Merchant Law Group LLP has launched Class Actions on behalf of affected Canadians regarding past sexual and physical abuse at Schools for the Deaf.

“The Plaintiffs in these legal proceedings were sexually or physically abused, and these victims were children and unable to communicate meaningfully because their keepers refused to allow them to use American Sign Language and had a high degree of control over these students”, said Tony Merchant, Q.C. “Unfortunately, deaf children were ideal victims for this kind of abuse, imprisoned in a world with ineffectual communication and inadequate safeguards.”

These class action lawsuits seek financial compensation for affected Canadians who were abused while students at Schools for the Deaf.  Anyone who was a student at Schools for the Deaf is welcome to join the contact list for class action.. Please note, filling out the form below creates no financial or legal obligation.


Merchant Law Group LLP has 10 offices across Canada, with lawyers practising law in six provinces. Merchant Law Group and Tony Merchant Q.C. are well known for pursuing class action lawsuits in Canada including litigation regarding Winners/HomeSense, Various Cellular Phone Fees, BCE Dividends, GM Gasket Manifolds, Hip Implants, Lead Paint in Toys (and similar consumer products), Maple Leaf, Celebrex/Bextra, Vioxx, Sony, Residential Schools and various other cases. Tony Merchant is known to be one of Canada’s most active litigators with more than 600 reported cases in leading Caselaw Journals, having argued thousands of cases before the Canadian and American Courts, in Trial and Administrative Courts, and the Courts of Appeal of various American and Canadian jurisdictions, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Tony Merchant, Q.C., has a long history in pursuing public policy cases and is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.)


Notice to Former Students of the Newfoundland School for the Deaf


Re: 2009 01T 4175 CP – John Doe (G.E.B. #130) et al v. Her Majesty the Queen

Please be advised that this class action will be discontinued as of June 18th, 2018. This class action was commenced in Newfoundland and Labrador in September, 2009 by Merchant Law Group LLP on behalf of all individuals who attended the Newfoundland School for the Deaf in Fort Pepperell in 1964, in Torbay between 1965 and 1987, and in St. John’s between 1987 to present in a claim for personal injury, including general damages for non pecuniary loss, loss of the amenities of life, emotional, mental, physical, and psychological damage, loss of earnings and earning capacity, and special damages, arising from abuse by staff and students, as well as aggravated, exemplary, and punitive damages, with damages aggregated where appropriate, and pre judgment interest.

 The action was commenced using the true names of the representative Plaintiffs. The representative Plaintiffs were permitted to continue the action using pseudonyms pursuant to an Order of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Trial Division dated December 15, 2016.

 No application has been made to certify the class action in Newfoundland and Labrador. Counsel for the class (now Budden & Associates) feel that a class action is not the most appropriate way to bring this action, and propose that bringing individual actions on behalf of putative class members is the most effective way to proceed. Class counsel applied for and was granted an Order to discontinue the class action subject to the provision of notice to putative class members.

 If you attended the Newfoundland School for the Deaf and think you may have a claim, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible prior to June 18th, 2018. As of June 18th, 2018, you may lose your right to pursue a claim by operation of the Limitations Act, SNL 1995, c L-16.1. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact counsel for the putative class, Mr. Geoffrey E. Budden of Budden & Associates, via “ or at 709-576-0077.”